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Saturday 18 November 2017

A Sizing Network set to tune in at Clonmel

A Sizing Network and Robbie Power jumping with Bel Ami De Sivola, with Seán Flanagan up, at Navan last week. Pic: racingpost.com
A Sizing Network and Robbie Power jumping with Bel Ami De Sivola, with Seán Flanagan up, at Navan last week. Pic: racingpost.com

A sizing Network will make a quick reappearance when lining up in the three-mile Captain Christy Rated Novice Chase but after being in Jessie's yesterday morning he seemed in good form and hopefully the quick return won't catch up on him.

A Sizing Network still goes in search of his first win over fences but he's been unlucky to bump into a horse too good on his last three starts but he's been running well and I'd be hopeful that he can the land the spoils today.

On ratings he looks to have every chance and the one horse he meets wrong is Robert Tyner's Sir Abbot but I'd be thinking that we can finish in front of him.

We were second to Call The Taxie at Navan on Saturday and he was a good hurdler last season and is probably going to develop into a very smart chaser for the season ahead so if he can repeat that form A Sizing Network can prove difficult to beat with a bit of luck.

I ride Easy Pass in the first race for Jessie and he's a horse that has been disappointing on his last couple of starts without any real reason.

He seems in good form at home and don't be surprised if he ran into a place at a bit of a price.

We can't put our finger on why he didn't feature in his last couple of outings but they were both at Kilbeggan and he's a big horse so maybe it was just the sharp track at Kilbeggan and he'll be better around the likes of Clonmel.

Shark Hanlon's horse, Motcomb Street, is probably the horse to beat, but hopefully our lad can get back to form.

In the second race, Arvico Bleu looks up to giving Bryan Cooper his first winner in the Gigginstown colours since Michael O'Leary opted not to use him as his retained rider. Bryan could still ride plenty of winners for the owners if he has a bit of luck and although we haven't seen this lad since last season, they're usually ready to rock first time out from Henry's.

Tony Martin had a good few options for Our Rachael lately and he's opted to run her here and after a couple of nice wins on the flat, I'd see her transferring that to a win over hurdles in the novice handicap hurdle.

Let's Twist Again won nicely at Navan on Saturday for Joseph O'Brien and Mark Walsh and he's looking to win under a penalty but I'll oppose him and go with Small World for Peter Fahey and Ruby.

Small World didn't manage to make it two on the bounce the last day but he was just headed by Blixt here at Clonmel and I think with Ruby back onboard this looks a more winnable opportunity.

Stephanie Sunshine is a nice newcomer in the bumper for Jessie today, she goes nicely at home but may just lack a bit of experience compared to some of the others in this and I'll side with Allardyce.

We'll have to see what the weather does over the next 24-hours but I'm hoping that Lesley Dawn might reappear in the listed mares novice hurdle at Gowran Park on Friday.

Jessie won't want to start her off on really heavy ground so we'll see what happens but she's a smart mare and there will be bigger fish to fry with her later in the campaign.

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