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Friday 15 November 2019

Mooltazem to clinch Clonmel

Katie O'Farrell and Conor McNamara look to be two jockeys that can make the most of their chances today (stock photo)
Katie O'Farrell and Conor McNamara look to be two jockeys that can make the most of their chances today (stock photo)

Jump racing returns today at Clonmel but with the exception of the concluding bumper it is a card that affords opportunities to jockeys who have ridden 10 winners since the 1st of September last year.

Katie O'Farrell and Conor McNamara look to be two jockeys that can make the most of their chances today.

O'Farrell, who became the first lady rider to join Rachael Blackmore into the professional ranks can take the BetVictor Bet 5 Get 40 Offer Maiden Hurdle on MOOLTAZEM (5.00, Clonmel) for Gordon Elliott.

The five-year-old has been kept to low grade maidens by Elliott and doesn't appear the most straightforward having finished strongly at Tramore last time out, this doesn't look the strongest race and Mooltazem can be picked to come out on top.

Then the Kilkenny native partners HAPPY JACKY (5.30, Clonmel) who landed some nice bets when obliging at Ballinrobe last week.

Confident

Ray Hackett and those associated with Happy Jacky were right to be confident as he won impressively off a rating of 89 and has to try and back that up following a 12lbs hike in the ratings.

Another recent winner, Multiviz, poses the biggest danger but Happy Jacky should manage to defy his new assessment from the handicap, despite the burden of 11st13lbs on his back.

Later on the card Conor McNamara looks to have a couple of good rides for his boss, Gavin Cromwell.

The Champion Hurdle winning trainer this week announced Jonathan Moore as his stable jockey for the season but McNamara will get plenty of rides with his valuable 7lb claiming allowance in what is sure to be a busy winter for Cromwell

PEACHES AND CREAM (6.30, Clonmel) comes back in trip having been a shade disappointing in Killarney last time out but this distance should prove ideal for the four-year-old against some older rivals.

Then in the following Lisronagh Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, Friday's Down Royal winner TOP OF THE CHARTS (7.00, Clonmel) is picked to win again and make it four wins from five starts for a stable in form.

Henry de Bromhead hasn't been shy about using Hugh Morgan in big races over the last year or so and the pair will be well fancied to start today with a winner on THE THREE WIZARDS (4.25 Clonmel).

The Point to Point winner represents the increasingly more prominent owner Robcour and might be a smart type to note.

Jamie Codd and Peter Fahey deserve a second look when they combine and JAZZ TOES (7.30, Clonmel) can send favourite backers home happy.

Clonmell Today

4.25 The Three Wizards

5.00 Mooltazem

5.30 Happy Jacky

6.00 Here For The Craic

6.30 Peaches And Cream

7.00 Top Of The Charts

7.30 Jazz Toes

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