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Harry Allwood’s top tips for Clonmel on Tuesday: Concorde can fly home

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Mon 23 Mar 2020

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The show goes on behind closed doors in Ireland on Tuesday with a seven-race card at Clonmel taking centre stage.

The Download The BoyleSports App Chase is the feature at 4.00pm and Bachasson and Death Duty – who both ran at the Cheltenham Festival – take each other on in an interesting clash.

It is impossible to know how much their efforts at Cheltenham took out of them, especially as it was less than two weeks ago, so that race is a watching brief for me.

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3.00 Clonmel: Balkos at a general 4-1

Watch how Balkos fared last time out

The betting suggested Balkos was going to show an improved performance at Punchestown last time out, and that was certainly the case as the five-year-old produced a career best to finish third on his second start in a handicap.

He travelled noticeably well and looked the winner when making his challenge wide before the home straight. However, he raced keenly throughout the contest and that seemed to take its toll in the home straight plus he may not have stayed 2m4f.

A return to two miles will suit and a reproduction of his run in January will see him go close here plus he has already been nibbled at in the market.

3.30 Clonmel: Classic Concorde at a general 5-1

This does not look the greatest contest on paper and a chance is taken on Classic Concorde to make a winning debut over fences.

The seven-year-old went close on his final start last year and showed a fair level of form over hurdles.

Two miles poses a slight question mark given he has been racing over three miles plus this is his first run for 144 days. However, he has looked to possess plenty of speed in his races and Bryan Cooper is a significant jockey booking.

Although Bitsandpieces sets the standard, he doesn’t always convince with his jumping and the rest of the field have question marks to answer.

Classic Concorde has the potential to be a much better chaser than hurdler and is worth taking a chance on.

4.30 Clonmel: Dubai Devils each-way at 9-1 with Bet365

Dubai Devils caught the eye on his first start for over a year when fourth at Leopardstown this month and is worth siding with here.

The nine-year-old – who has clearly had his problems - travelled well before the lack of a recent run took its toll on the long run to the final fence but he certainly shaped as though he retains his ability.

An easy winner of a similar contest at Fairyhouse on his final start before his layoff, he is now 9lb higher but went close off higher ratings over hurdles and may not have reached his full potential over fences given he has only had six starts over the larger obstacles.

He ought to strip fitter for his first run of the year and the extra two furlongs here will also help his cause.

The Trigger is probably the main danger following his run at Downpatrick two days ago and will be in the mix if he backs that effort up.

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