• Clonmel - Thursday

    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 Easter To All Our Patrons Fillies Maiden.

    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 up well.

    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.

    Selections: 3.55 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)

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