Five pointers at Clonmel for Tuesday's sole card in Ireland

Willie Mullins saddles the exciting Bachasson at Clonmel on Tuesday.
Willie Mullins saddles the exciting Bachasson at Clonmel on Tuesday.

Racing continues in Ireland on Tuesday with a National Hunt card taking place at Clonmel Races...

1. Far in the Mix for opener at Clonmel

Runner up twice at this venue so far in 2020, the Liz Doyle-trained gelding Farmix attempts to go one better in the 14.00 Clonmel, a maiden hurdle in which he has the advantage of race fitness over chief market rival Florrie Webb. Donagh Meyler's mount was sent off even money favourite here 20 days ago but was beaten four and a half lengths after attempting to make all. 

2. Star to shine bright for Hourigan

Famous for his exploits with 10-time Grade 1 scorer Beef Or Salmon, much loved veteran trainer Michael Hourigan has no quality of that nature on his hands nowadays, but will nonetheless be hoping for a good run from his Elusive Star in the 14.30 Clonmel. The Patrickswell, County Limerick man sits on five winners for the season as this promising six-year-old, winner of a Loughrea Point to Point back in October, makes his debut over hurdles having finished fourth in a bumper at Gowran Park earlier this month. Robbie Power is the man on board. 

3. Bachasson a cut above for Mullins?

Race of the day! The 16.00 Clonmel is by far the best race on the card and is one certainly worth tuning in for. This two and a half mile conditions chase has gone the way of Willie Mullins in both of the last two runnings, and he's back for more with the immensely talented Bachasson, as well as big priced outsider Bonbon Au Miel. Bachasson, sixth in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival just 13 days ago, hasn't been sighted over fences since his fall in the 2018 Gold Cup, but was rated 159 at the time, a figure which would see him home in front here with plenty to spare. 

4. The Trigger to hit the target

Armagh based trainer Ronan McNally travels down from the north to run The Trigger in the 16.30 Clonmel, looking to build on a pair of good recent efforts with the 11-year-old. This horse missed out by a strong finishing head when second at Downpatrick only two days ago, but if ready to go again will be a popular selection to net a third career victory over fences. 

5. Codd to deliver once again

Regular readers of our pointers column will be aware we rarely miss an opportunity to follow crack amateur pilot Jamie Codd, and the man himself is in County Tipperary this afternoon to add his expertise to Frontal Assault's bid to land the 17.00 Clonmel. This two and a quarter mile bumper could be an excellent opening for a horse who was third to subsequent Champion Bumper hero Ferny Hollow at Fairyhouse when last seen. The five year old sets a strong standard based on that evidence, plus he was also second on his rules debut at Thurles. For his part, ever prolific, Codd has graced the winners' enclosure with three of his last seven mounts.

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