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Friday 24 November 2017

Hurricane to hit hard at Clonmel

Hurricane Darwin. Pic: racingpost.com
Hurricane Darwin. Pic: racingpost.com

Alan Fleming is currently eyeing a return to Cheltenham later this month for his Festival winner Tully Easy, but prior to that at Clonmel this afternoon the Curragh handler can score with Hurricane Darwin.

The seven-year-old won nicely at Navan over fences and reverts to hurdles here to exploit what looks a favourable mark. In a contest that looks between Hurricane Darwin and Small World, the former can shade it as Small World looks under the grasp of the handicapper.

Ruby Walsh, who rides Small World, is unlikely to leave empty handed as he is aboard Sympa Des Flos in the maiden hurdle.

Sympa Des Flos isn't the most high-profile candidate for Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci but he should have learnt enough on debut at Downpatrick to progress and go one better on this occasion.

The high-class Shattered Love began her career over fences with a facile win at short odds at Fairyhouse last month and she is back in action taking on a few more experienced rivals in the mares' novice chase today.

Miss Eyecatcher is a fair yardstick in this type of company but Shattered Love reached a high mark over hurdles. If she steps forward from her first two runs of the season, Shattered Love can again justify favouritism here for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy.

Racing begins with a mares' maiden hurdle in which Mags and Danny Mullins are picked to shade it with hurdling newcomer Martello Park.

Martello Tower's sister hasn't been seen since running a grand race at Aintree's Grand National meeting but can be expected to be well primed for this hurdling bow and continue the good run of form of her rider, Danny Mullins.

A chance is taken in the concluding amateur riders' handicap hurdle on the veteran De Benno to get his head back in front. Patrick Mullins and Jamie Codd are both notable jockey bookings in this type of race but Roger Quinlan has plenty of experience and even has a 3lb claim too. De Benno won over fences on his penultimate start and didn't run a bad race last time back over hurdles to suggest he is overpriced.

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