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Sheer Liss

We’ve seen some very good mares carry these silks to victory this year and while Sheer Liss is unlikely to hit the heights of Honeysuckle, Kenny Alexander will be hoping she’s good enough to win this. Purchased after winning a bumper at Down Royal, where she looked all but nailed on for second, she rallied late on to reel in the leader. She followed that performance up with a second in a Listed contest behind the useful Purple Mountain. After a disappointing debut over hurdles, she was much better next time and can take another step forward here. She carries an 8lb penalty here, but useful claimer Jordan Gainford negates 7lb.

Don Diablo

It could be a quickfire double on the card for Denise Foster as Don Diablo should be able to build on his maiden victory at Down Royal. It was a less competitive affair than expected, with the De Bromhead favourite coming down early on, but he ran out a decisive winner. What was notable is that he settled much better and if getting into a good rhythm here, he should take all the beating. He has to give weight away here, but with his claimer jockey taking off 7lb, that should have him well poised to run well. The Cathal Don looks the biggest danger, but he might just get outbattled late on.

Ballybrowney Jack

There’s certainly a bit of risk involved in backing this one, but Ballybrowney Jack is interesting on his first start for a new stable. He’s well treated on his chase form and will contest this off 10lb lower than his mark over fences. Last seen tailed off at Leopardstown over a year ago, he may have just had his confidence knocked after a couple of falls and suffering a bad hamper at Galway. The yard had one run well in a bumper recently at 66/1, so if they’ve got him right for this he could well upset the applecart. On his only previous start here, he came within a hair’s breadth of winning and Brian Hayes is a positive booking.

Clondaw Bertie

It could be worth chancing Clondaw Bertie against the two more fancied runners here. Purchased by Robcour after winning his sole start between the flags by 12l, he’s been slightly less straightforward under rules. He just didn’t quite see the trip out on debut after sticking his head in front two out and probably went a little too hard in front at Fairyhouse on his next start before falling late on. He’s been kept at home since then, presumably waiting for a bit of good ground, and should run well here. Julies Stowaway was seventh in a Champion Bumper and finished half a length behind Blue Lord earlier this year. He’s gone off the boil since then but if running up to some of his best form could be the main danger.

About Clonmel Racecourse

Racing at Clonmel has been taking place for over 150 years, though refurbishment in 2009 have ensured it remains a modern and inviting racecourse. The national hunt venue is one of three racecourse in County Tipperary, but the only one that hosts racing year round.

The venue’s seasonal highlight, the Clonmel Oil Chase, may only be a Grade 2, but it’s got a habit of going to some of the best around. A roll of honour that includes Douvan, Sizing Europe, Edredon Bleu and Beef Or Salmon shows that the contest is a favourite early season target for some of the major players in Irish racing.

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