Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday February 20

Conditions are testing at Clonmel today
Conditions are testing at Clonmel today

Clonmel hosts some good-quality racing on Thursday. Timeform pick out the best bets...

"In the handicap hurdle at 16:15, Snowell took a step back in the right direction when third at Fairyhouse last month and gets the nod to build on that and notch a first career win here."

In the opener at 14:15, Indian File and Our Katie are both progressing well but they'll probably have their work cut out up against smart chaser and former Grade 1 winner Rubi Light, who's taking a big drop in class on his first start over hurdles in almost four years and will need to be near peak fitness if he's to take up his entry in the Ryanair at Cheltenham.

Don Poli is the least experienced of those in the 14:45 with one win from two starts this season and has a bit to find on the bare form, but he holds an entry for the Neptune at Cheltenham and may be able to get the better of Moonshine Lad and The Job Is Right, who are both having good campaigns.

In the handicap hurdle at 16:15, Snowell took a step back in the right direction when third at Fairyhouse last month and gets the nod to build on that and notch a first career win here. Theatrical Queen showed her first sign of ability when sixth at Thurles last time and may go on from that, while point-winner Shantou Shine could be the type to improve now switching her attentions to handicaps.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Clonmel

Back Rubi Light in the 14:15
Back Don Poli in the 14:45
Back Snowell in the 16:15

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