Timeform Shortlist: Clonmel, Thursday November 17

Clonmel's card on Thursday includes the Clonmel Oil Chase
Clonmel's card on Thursday includes the Clonmel Oil Chase

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Clonmel on Thursday, including the verdict on the feature Clonmel Oil Chase.

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12.35 I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle 2m3f63y

Timeform Top Rated:
124 3. BERRY DES AULMES Gordon Elliott B. J. Cooper
123 12. FIELD ROBIN Jarlath P. Fahey K. C. Sexton
120p 8. KILCOOLEY ABBEY L. Byrne B. Hayes

Analyst's Verdict:
The promise of Kilcooley Abbey's debut was such that he can be expected to improve past some of his rivals and get off the mark at the second time of asking. Berry des Aulmes will be a huge danger if bouncing back to his debut form on first start for Gordon Elliot, while Sweet Shirleen is the solid one in the race.


1.05 Clonmel Oil Race Day Handicap Hurdle 2m3f63y

Timeform Top Rated:
124 11. TINTOWN ROBIN Vincent Laurence Halley Philip Enright
123 5. PRINCE KUP E. J. O'Grady P. Townend
122 12. COURTIN BB Patrick J. Duffy Sean Flanagan

Analyst's Verdict:
Tornado Watch has been given time since landing the hat-trick at Downpatrick in September, and he may well have more to offer moving forward and gets the nod. Fairyhouse winner Tintown Robin and Veinard head up the dangers.


1.35 Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
153 4. BLESS THE WINGS Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
152 7. BLACKTHORN PRINCE Enda Bolger Barry Geraghty
151 3. SEA LIGHT Charles Byrnes Davy Russell

Analyst's Verdict:
The progressive Blackthorn Prince is taken to defy the handicapper again and extend his winning run to 4 under Barry Geraghty. Gusty Rock shaped well when fourth at Gowran last time and is an obvious threat with Ruby Walsh taking over in the saddle. Recent Cheltenham third Sea Light completes the shortlist in a competitive race.


2.10 Clonmel Oil Chase (Grade 2) 2½m

Timeform Top Rated:
176 4. ALELCHI INOIS W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
170 7. MONKSLAND Noel Meade Sean Flanagan
168 2. CLARCAM Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy

Analyst's Verdict:
Outlander did well as a novice last season and shaped well when second on return/debut for this yard in Grade 2 at Down Royal, and just shades the vote over ex-stablemate Alelchi Inois and iffy-jumper Monksland.


2.40 European Breeders Fund T.A. Morris Memorial Mares Chase (Grade 3) 2½m

Timeform Top Rated:
157p 1. WESTERNER LADY W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
152 5. THANKS FOR TEA Edmond Kent P. Townend
145p 2. HELLO SWEETIE P. E. Collins R. C. Colgan

Analyst's Verdict:
Westerner Lady likely would have retained her unbeaten record over fences with a better round of jumping at Cork last time, but her fencing had been fine during her 3 wins prior to that and this looks a good chance for her to resume winning ways. Jessie Harrington's chasing newcomer Rock On The Moor has plenty of useful efforts to her name over hurdles and could be the one to give her most to do.


3.15 Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Chase 2¼m51y

Timeform Top Rated:
134 6. HARD BOUGHT John J. Walsh Philip Enright
132 3. BY THE BANKS Denis W. Cullen Denis O'Regan
130§ 2. TISAMYSTERY Henry de Bromhead B. Hayes

Analyst's Verdict:
Hard Bought may have found his stamina stretched at Galway recently, travelling smoothly before fading off the home turn. The suspicion remains his mark is a workable one and he gets the nod dropped back in trip. By The Banks and Tisamystery rate 2 of the likelier threats.


3.50 Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile Hurdle 2m110y

Timeform Top Rated:
149 3. VIGIL D. K. Weld Barry Geraghty
135p 1. BEYOND THE OBVIOUS M. M. Lynch Sean Flanagan
132p 5. MISS ME NOW W. P. Mullins R. Walsh

Analyst's Verdict:
Vigil sets a clear standard on his sixth in the Neptune Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and he won't be lacking for fitness after his recent win on the Flat. Miss Me Now and Beyond The Obvious have the potential to do better this season and can fight for the places.



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