Goal to score for Carberry on chasing debut
Paul Carberry can continue his fantastic run of form since returning from injury by guiding Gordon Elliott's Goal to victory in the beginners' chase at Clonmel today.
While a fencing debutant wouldn't normally constitute nap material, Goal has always jumped hurdles fluently, so he's trusted to make the former champion's only ride a winning one in this moderate heat. Crucially, the ground will be nearly good, which is what Goal needs to excel.
Willie Mullins could have three short-priced favourites on the card, with Turnandgo the most reliable of the trio in the amateur riders' maiden hurdle under Mullins' son Patrick.
The reigning champion amateur is also pencilled in for his mother Jackie's dual bumper winner Pink Hat in the mares' maiden hurdle, but is passed over in favour of Liam Burke's Tikka Light.
Mullins' other potential shortie is the four-year-old chasing debutant Kalmann in the two-and-a-quarter-mile beginners' chase. However, the Andrew McNamara-ridden Golanbrook has some solid placed form over fences, and that experience might well prove critical.
Another that catches the eye is Wells China in the two-mile handicap hurdle. Lar Byrne's gelding has plenty appeal under Martin Ferris.