Clonmel tips for Thursday: Monksland may prove too slick for Oil Chase rivals
Oil Chase tips: Monksland odds to collect at Clonmel
Monksland looks to hold leading claims of providing trainer Noel Meade with a fourth success in the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase on Thursday (14:10).
The County Meath handler has previously won the 2m 4f contest with Sir OJ (2006), Watson Lake (2009)and Road To Riches 12 months ago.
In Monksland, he has a former high-class hurdler who took well to the larger obstacles when winning once and posting some solid efforts in defeat last season.
After beating Rois Des Francs by 1 1/2 lengths on chasing debut at Gowran Park. the nine-year-old ran a blinder to finish a 2 1/2 length runner-up to No More Heroes in the Grade 1 Drinmore Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse.
Weighted to turn tables on Outlander
Monksland also ran well on his final start of the campaign when a keeping on 2 3/4 lengths second to Outlander in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown and now meets the winner on 7lb better terms.
That should be enough for the son of Beneficial to gain his revenge and Monksland comes into the contest after showing good battling qualities to beat Marinero by a head at Galway on his seasonal reappearance.
Monksland then fell when in fifth place and still very much in contention in the Grade 1 JnWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal, eventually won by Valseur Lido.
This represents a drop in class and looks a good opportunity for the selection to get back to winning ways. Take Monksland odds for a Clonmel Oil Chase victory.
Clonmel tips: Blackthorn Prince can complete four-timer
Blackthorn Prince has an ultra-progressive profile and can make light of a further rise in the weights to land the 3m handicap hurdle (13:35).
Trained by Enda Bolger, the JP McManus owned six-year-old has constantly defied the assessor to win his last three starts in good style.
The last two of those have come over course and distance, with Blakcthorn Prince asserting close home to score by 3/4 of a length on each occasion.
Although now 7lb higher in the weights, the son of Black Sam Bellamy only just does enough to get the job done and that may well not be enough to stop him going in again at a course which clearly brings out the best in him.
Moor ready to Rock on chasing debut
In the 2m 4f Grade 3 Mares Chase (14:40), Rock On The Moor can get the better of Westerner lady to make a winning debut over the larger obstacles.
The Jessica Harrington trained eight-year-old was a dual winner over hurdles and posted a career-best effort at the Cheltenham Festival back in March, when a cracking 2 3/4 length second of 19 to Vroum Vroum Mag in the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle.
That is strong form which saw Rock On The Moor end the campaign on a hurdles rating of 140. She has the size and scope to make up into just as good as chaser.
The daughter of Flemensfirth also receives a handy 6lb from 140-rated Westerner Lady, so that makes Rock On The Moor the one to beat if ready to go at the first time of asking in what looks a two-horse race on paper.
Clonmel tips for Thursday, November 17
12.35: Berry Des Aulmes
13.05: Sir Harry Cash
13.35: Blackthorn Prince
14.10: Monksland (NAP)
14.40: Rock On The Moor (NB)