There’s bound to be an excellent attendance at Clonmel this Thursday with the Powerstown Park venue playing host to a planned seven-race card. Proceedings tee off at 1.25pm and Glenfinn Captain looks set to play a major starring role in the featured Wilderness Chase over two and a half miles.
On his most recent start, the Tom Taaffe-trained Glenfinn Captain finished a most commendable third to Stan in a Grade 2 two mile five furlong handicap chase at Cheltenham in mid-April. A former progressive handicap chaser that survived a serious bout of colic in January 2007, Glenfinn Captain
should make a victorious return to
action here by beating Publican.
Supreme Plan is definitely the one for the ‘getting-out stakes’ in the www.grahamnorris.com INH Flat Race. The Denis Murphy-trained Supreme Plan won a Lisgoold point-to-point on his very first start at Lisgoold in January and he was then very slow into stride when finishing a still creditable ninth on his track debut in a Punchestown bumper on October 16th. That was still a hugely commendable effort on Supreme Plan’s part and the five-year-old in all probability should have most to fear here from Fairwood Bob.
Shadow Of The Wind is the one that they will all have to beat in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle. On her most recent start she posted an effort rich in promise to finish third behind Would You Do That in a two mile one furlong mares’ maiden hurdle at Tralee on October 1st. That race seemed a better than average contest and Henry de Bromhead’s Shadow Of The Wind should put her experience over timber to good use here by dispensing with Willie Mullins’ smart bumper performer Drive On Regardless.
Jimmy Mangan’s Alpine Glade, a Tramore bumper winner in May, has been running extremely well of late and the six-year-old is put forward to triumph from Tally Em Up in the Cahir Mares Maiden Hurdle whilst Supreme Deck and Conker Nails look set to dominate the Powerstown Demense Handicap Hurdle.
El Cerro seems a particularly smart four-year-old, having been placed on his two most recent starts, and Joe Crowley’s charge looks set to contain McAlpine in the Fethard Handicap Hurdle. Kilbrittain Flyer meanwhile should have most to fear from Broom Batallion in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase.