'Chimneys' looks warm order for Austin on home soil at Clonmel
All The Chimneys gets the nap vote again in Clonmel's handicap chase this afternoon.
Trained in Co Tipperary in Cloughjordan by Willie Austin, the Bach-bred eight-year-old was a heavily-backed winner on his second handicap chase start at Navan in January. It was no surprise that all the money came for the horse, since he was competing under Eamonn Corbett off a rating of 88, yet he had been placed off 103 over hurdles earlier in the month.
All The Chimneys had little chase experience but, with no great pressure on his jumping, he scored easily. He has gone up 8lb but can strike again on ground he relishes, with Corbett riding well.
Perhaps the smartest heat of the day is the opening event, in which Runfordave is impossible to oppose. The form of his third to Any Second Now over a month ago stands out in this company, especially as Hunters Call - which bombed at Naas - has to give him weight.
Kate Appleby Shoes is an eight-year-old seeking a maiden hurdle win, but the consistent if one-paced mare may be vulnerable to a five-year-old with more scope, Awayinthewest. Davy Russell takes the mount on the bumper winner, which was running in better company last time and seems progressive.
Another Mullins-trained mare, Chambord Du Lys, can get off the mark in the following event. One of a scatter of classy horses running in the Supreme Racing colours, she would have bolted up at Fairyhouse but for a desperate blunder at the last. This seems a better race, with Mighty Stowaway capable of giving her something to worry about.
The maiden chase is difficult to weigh up. No Dice, which was moving and jumping with confidence until an unexpected fall at Down Royal, can get off the mark, but he is only rated 116 so vulnerable into the bargain.
Tinos Tank is a pretty useful prospect, while Double Island is capable in this company, restricted to horses rated 116 or less hurdling.
The amateur pilots' handicap hurdle can go to Rock On Barney, bidding to end Ger Lynch's exhausting wait since the barn's last winner. Patrick Mullins, who rode his first Grade One hurdle victor at the weekend in Bacardys, is a notable booking, though The Church Gate is feared.
The bumper could be a scrap between the Gigginstown pair, Arvico Bleu and Monkshood, with preference to the Henry de Bromhead representative.