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Hard to oppose Clonmel double


Shanahan’s Turn can take advantage ofthe nice ground at Cheltenham

Shanahan’s Turn can take advantage ofthe nice ground at Cheltenham

Shanahan’s Turn can take advantage ofthe nice ground at Cheltenham

It was a good day at the office yesterday with three winners at Exeter for Colin Tizzard and I'll be back over to Cheltenham tomorrow to ride for him again so hopefully we can have similar luck there.

The ground has been well discussed in recent weeks but the lack of rain is again the reason Jessica Harrington has no runners at Clonmel today and I have the day off.

That doesn't stop the work at home so I'm going to school Supasundae this morning ahead of his intended engagement in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown this Sunday.

Supasundae worked after racing at Naas last weekend and worked well so he is ready to go but if the ground is too quick he won't run so we'll have to keep a watching brief there for the next day or so.

It's a good card at Clonmel today and when you weigh everything up I think KEMBOY (3.00, Clonmel) is the horse to side with in the Clonmel Oil.

A Toi Phil disappointed at Gowran Park and Doctor Phoenix will have questions to answer over the trip as he looks a two-miler and Gordon Elliott's horses seem to be taking a run this season.

So I'd go with Kemboy to pick up where he left off last season.

SHATTERED LOVE (3.35, Clonmel) had a decent run at Down Royal and back in mares company I think she's hard to oppose.

No matter what time of the year you go to Cheltenham it is always a good buzz to ride there. Throw in the fact that I'm riding for Colin Tizzard and his horses are flying and hopefully we can snatch a winner or two out of it.

Declarations for tomorrow won't be made until this morning but I think the plan is for Sizing Cusimano to run in the novices' handicap hurdle.

Sizing Cusimano ran at Cheltenham last month and ran well behind Dermot McLoughlin's Canardier so back in handicap company tomorrow he should be very competitive.

Shanahan's Turn is due to run over two miles and while that is a bit short for him this was the only race at Cheltenham that suited him this weekend and he loves nice ground.

I will jump out and be handy on him and if he can get into a good rhythm hopefully he'll run well despite the trip being too short.

The Tizzards run Bally Longford in the first race and Noel George will ride him. He can put his experience to good use and would have an each-way chance.