Daily Racing Previews of all Irish Meetings
Meade to warm up for Fairyhouse
with success at Clonmel
Noel Meade will be chasing bigger prizes in bumpers, over
hurdles and over fences across the Easter weekend and he can warm up for the
action at Fairyhouse with a good day on the Flat at Clonmel on Thursday.
His Encapsulation caught the eye on her debut at Leopardstown at the beginning of the month,
losing all chance of winning shortly after leaving the stalls when running
short of room. However, she finished well from the back of the pack to take
fourth place behind the well-fancied Tarnawa and should go well in the Happy
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Free Ranger has
his first start on the Flat for Meade in the Clonmel Go Family Evening Handicap
and the five-year-old is just about the pick. He certainly wasn’t winning out
of turn when successful in a handicap hurdle at Punchestown in January and held
his form in two subsequent starts over timer.
Union Gap must
have a chance of completing a Meade/Colin Keane treble in the session’s finale,
the Next Evening Meeting May 16 Handicap. He showed very little on the Flat last
season but was much improved over hurdles in three runs late last year and
might be hard to beat if in that same form as he returns.
Joseph O'Brien can land the Quirke uPVC Windows Tipperary Perpetual
Cup Handicap with Chess Grand Master which has been in fine form on the all-weather at Dundalk this year. He won a
bumper in testing conditions at Sligo as a four-year-old and is likely to show
War Diary ran two
nice races as a three-year-old and is taken to land the Slievenamon Maiden, the
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden can go the way of Elite Trooper Grey while Stormy Air looks to have a winning chance
in the St Patrick’s Well Claiming Race.
Stormy Air; 4.30 Encapsulation; 5.05 War Diary; 5.40 Elite Trooper Grey; 6.15 Free
Ranger; 6.45 Giorni Felice; 7.15 Chess Grand Master; 7.45 Union Gap (NAP)