Clonmel Preview – Beautiful Ben looks ready to dominate

In the 6.00 at Clonmel, Beautiful Ben can continue his good recent form and win this handicap hurdle.

He was raised 6lbs for winning at Kilarney two starts ago and he was just held on his next start off a mark of 97. He’s off the same mark today but he gets the assistance of a 5lb claimer and that leaves him just 1lb higher than his last winning mark. He’s not a world beater by any means, but in this 80-109 handicap, he looks the most solid proposition.

Tb Broke Her is seeing support in the market against Beautiful Ben and it’s interesting given she doesn’t look particularly well-handicapped. She is 1lb lower than for her last run but she’s still 3lbs higher than her last winning mark. That sole victory was recorded at Clonmel so she may have a chance back here for the first time but Beautiful Ben looks to have her measure on form.

The selection was only beaten a neck last time and drew a good eight lengths clear of the third placed horse Black Label who had been in fine form. He should be able to confirm his solid form and take this for Denis Hogan.

In the 5.00 at Clonmel, a chance is taken on Table Tips to improve for the step up in trip and land a very weak looking maiden hurdle.

She’s been running over the minimum trip since arriving in Ireland having been well held in a few national hunt flat races. She finished a respectable third on one start and notched up second position finishes either side of that and she confirmed she does have ability.

Interestingly, her only win has come over three miles which was back in 2013. She looks like a horse that wants further and given she steps up to two miles and four furlongs for the first time in a while, she may be able to record a victory today.

She races off a joint-bottom weight and although she has a 154 day break to overcome, she is unexposed over this trip and over hurdles. If her jumping is up to scratch she could spring a surprise. She’s aided by a 5lb claimer and looks to have every chance of landing this weak affair.


4.30 – Listen Dear
5.00 – Table Tips (NB)
5.30 – Coolfighter
6.00 – Beautiful Ben (NAP)
6.30 – Carlyan
7.00 – Dawerann
7.30 – Bowenscourt