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Cool Clarkson triumph will delight punters at Downpatrick

By Ron McKnight

Published 06/05/2016

Star quality: Top jockey Bryan Cooper, celebrating Cheltenham Gold Cup success on Don Cossack in March, will be in action at Downpatrick this evening with a strong book of rides
Star quality: Top jockey Bryan Cooper, celebrating Cheltenham Gold Cup success on Don Cossack in March, will be in action at Downpatrick this evening with a strong book of rides

One Cool Clarkson can supply a local winner at Downpatrick in the handicap chase.

The selection, trained by Neil McKnight at Loughbrickland and ridden by Robbie Colgan, has been running consistently well in points and on the course. 

In an open affair Camilla's Wish could prove the main danger with West Ship Master also holding claims, while Redclue looks the likely favourite following a win over hurdles at Navan.

The Willie Mullins-trained Henry Howard is entitled to start a short priced favourite in the opening maiden hurdle following a runner-up spot last time.

Mags Mullins' Tsundoku can supply the danger while Carnduff - trained near Larne by Stuart Crawford - demonstrated distinct promise on his two efforts in bumpers but has been absent for two years and makes his hurdling debut.

One Cool Cally, Annie Alainn, More Than Ever - this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey Bryan Cooper in the saddle - and Verona Opera are the form quartet in the mares handicap hurdle.

One Cool Cally has former champion jockey Paul Townend aboard and just gets preference in a tricky event.

Just Like Old Times, Maighnealta, Theo and Star Of Angels hold the best claims in the handicap hurdle.

Theo, trained by Shane Donohoe, gets the vote having won at Down Royal prior to filling third at Fairyhouse, while Maighnealta - a course winner last time - could be the main danger.

Steel's Cotton, having finished runner-up in a similar contest at the track last time, attempts to go one better for Ballymena trainer Ian Ferguson.

Illuminati - trained beside the course by Brian Hamilton - and Corskeagh Express hold place claims.

The hunter chase is an open affair. Larry Capri, Shake It Up and St Killenagh, runner-up on Monday at the Maze, have claims but Cousin Bill - representing Cabra-based father and son duo Sean and Noel McParlan - could offer the value bet having been placed over hurdles at the course and is a dual points winner.

In the bumper Bertie Bell, River Dun, Leopards Leap and The Storyteller are the form quartet, the latter getting the nod.

All have local connections with Bertie Bell trained by Hamilton while The Storyteller and Leopards Leap are owned by the local Sloan and Hunt families, major jumps racing owners.

TONIGHT'S DOWNPATRICK TIPS: 5.20 Henry Howard (nap) 5.55 One Cool Cally 6.25 Theo 7.00 Steel's Cotton 7.35 One Cool Clarkson 8.05 Cousin Bill (each way) 8.35 The Storyteller (double)

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