Bunk Off Early can score success for Mullins at Clonmel
SUPREME Horse Racing is one of the most successful racehorse syndicates operating in Ireland and the club's trainer Willie Mullins is responsible for two live chances in their name at Clonmel this afternoon.
Bunk Off Early went agonisingly close to winning the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday but the prominent blue and white silks should be sported to success here in the Clonmel Maiden Hurdle.
Mullins appears to have found Chambord Du Lys a golden opportunity and although she has disappointed favourite backers in two starts this winter, at Limerick and Fairyhouse, the daughter of Great Pretender may only have to reproduce the form of her latest second-placed effort when beaten a half-length by West Bridge at the Co Meath track to land the spoils here. 120-rated Mighty Stowaway has to concede 8lb to the five-year-old and could be construed, along with Monbeg Chit Chat, as the main dangers.
The club could enjoy a double on the day if Iolani does the business in the bumper. The first foal out of a well-related German mile winner by Sholokhov, the five-year-old has a tongue tie fitted on debut and if the market vibes are positive a big performance can be anticipated. Arvico Bleu and Ktelama might give the selection most to do.
Action starts with the five-runner Munster Hurdle, the most valuable race on the card and Gordon Elliott's Runfordave should take some beating if running up to his rating of 137. The sole distance scorer in the field, he ran well when third, behind Any Second Now and Crack Mome in a Punchestown Grade Two last month and is expected to get back to winning ways under Jack Kennedy.
Stable companion Theatre Wine fell at the last when already well beaten at Fairyhouse latest but this bumper winner has some good form in the book and could go well in the maximum sized Demesne Mares Maiden Hurdle. But Willie Mullins saddles Kate Appleby Shoes here and her January Fairyhouse second behind Barra rather advertises her claims here above everything else. Beaten 12 lengths by that now 130-rated winner, she in turn was 13 lengths clear of the third and in this lesser grade should be too good for the likes of Awayinthewest and Theatre Wine
No Dice was still going well in front when falling four out at Down Royal last month. Davy Russell renews his association with Tony Martin's eight-year-old here in the beginners' chase and compensation awaits. Don't Kick Nor Bite, Tinos Tank and Goulane Davina are probably the biggest dangers.
All The Chimneys is two wins from his last three starts and despite an 8lb rise for his Navan win, still has a nice racing weight in the Nire Valley Handicap Chase. In between those two chase wins, he managed a good fourth behind Yaha Fizz at Naas in early January, form which doesn't look too shabby in the light of that winner's subsequent exploits and a hurdle mark now of 131. And All The Chimneys was attempting a concession of 9lb. De Benno and Mount Brandon may give him most to do.
1.50 Runfordave (Nap)
2.20 Kate Appleby Shoes
2.50 Chambord Du Lys
3.25 No Dice (Dbl)
4.00 All the Chimneys
4.35 The Church Gate
1.50 Hunters Call
2.50 Mighty Stowaway
3.25 Don't Kick Nor Bite
4.00 De Benno
4.35 Rock On Barney
5.05 Arvico Bleu