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Ordinary Man can make the breakthrough under Barry

Ordinary Man can confirm the promise of his recent reappearance in the maiden hurdle that gets proceedings under way at Clonmel this evening.

Over course and distance two weeks ago, Liam Burke's gelding stayed on well having raced keenly early on, eventually taking fifth, just six lengths behind the smart winner Presenting Nama.

If he improves for that, he ought to be hard to beat under Shay Barry in what isn't a particularly strong maiden.

A Hill To Climb, which ran a nice race to be seventh on his racecourse debut at Cork last month, is another that can be expected to progress in the 16-runner heat.

Placed in all three of his completed starts in point-to-points last term, the son of Presenting clearly has potential, so it will be interesting to see how he fares tonight.

Sun Fisher is another progressive sort in the following five-year-old maiden hurdle. The Edward O'Grady-trained charge would have gone close at Tipperary recently on just his second start -- a first in nine months -- before falling at the final flight. That was a hugely encouraging effort for such a lightly raced horse.

While Sun Fisher faces more experienced rivals in Bobowen, Eightybarackstreet and Native Palm now, he may yet prove to be a cut above this level of opposition.

One that is fancied to put experience to use is Hot Or What. John Berry's seven-year-old tackles the two-and-a-half-mile beginners' chase, a race that lacks much quality.

Gordon Elliott's Wikaala is the best horse on show but Paul Carberry's mount hasn't convinced with some of his efforts lately, while Auenschutze and Captain Dash are the pick of the fencing debutants.

Hot Or What is no slouch, though, and she should go close here on her sixth chasing start. At Killarney in May, she kept on to be fifth over two miles. With last week's Ballinrobe winner, Alpine Eagle, third that day, the form reads well.

In the two-mile handicap hurdle, Brian O'Connell could get off the mark for the season on Van Wyck. At Cork two weeks ago, the Francis Flood-trained seven-year-old gelding caught the eye when fourth behind Uncle Taffy, which has since scored again.

Irish Independent