We switch back to jumps action in Ireland today as Clonmel takes centre stage for horse racing fans. A busy seven-race card takes place under strict behind closed doors measures, which we are becoming used to.
Just a quick word on yesterday before we have the tips for today; I was tipping against Sir Dragonet with Brogue. Both ran a shade disappointingly. The odds-on favourite found little when coming under pressure having travelled ok. On Brogue, I would be more than happy to give him another chance. I also think a slight step up in trip may be what he wants.
Florrie Webb to win
Given the time of year, we would usually see slightly weaker maiden hurdles. With the current future climate a tad uncertain, field sizes aren’t reducing and we still have some nice types to enjoy.
Farmix and Coolagh Park may both be ahead of him in the betting but I am keen on Florrie Webb at the price. Off the track for over 250 days, the six-year-old showed he has some fair ability when finishing 3rd on rules debut. The winner and second from that run both have run well since and the 4th has gone close too.
The sire has had a very small sample of jumps runners but the yard have had a great season and I think this horse will give BetVictor ambassador Rachael Blackmore another winner.
Death Duty to win
The highlight on the card features a couple of recent Cheltenham Festival runners. Neither Bachasson nor Death Duty landed wins for Mullins or Elliott respectively but both had a brilliant time of things at Prestbury Park. Given the conditions of the race, the pair both carry eleven stone four pounds.
The selection, Death Duty, has the added bonus of Gavin Brouder’s seven pound claim. The jockey certainly looks capable and impressed me when fourth in the Coral Cup on Cracking Smart. He also rode Death Duty in the Plate last time out where he looked after him once the chance of victory was gone.
Provided that race didn’t leave to much of a mark, I really like him to overturn the favourite and give Gordon Elliott another winner to go with his recent double at Downpatrick on Sunday.