BACHASSON, last seen over fences when falling in the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup, can make a winning return to chasing at Clonmel. Before his departure in chasing’s blue riband, BACHASSON (4.00, nap) had won two Listed events over fences and looked destined for a rewarding chasing career.
But his trainer Willie Mullins opted for a return to hurdles. On his latest outing he showed he retains his ability when finishing a respectable sixth behind Dame De Compagnie in the Coral Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Mullins has found an ideal opportunity for the gelding as he receives weight from two of his moderate opponents. He has the most to fear from the unreliable jumper Discordantly, if he remains on his feet. Death Duty was once touted for stardom, but the gelding has lacked enthusiasm in his recent outings.
Mullins can make it a double with CAPTAIN KANGAROO (5.00, nb), the mount of Jody Townend, in the Flat race. Townend, the sister of Mullins’s stable jockey Paul, does not get the number of mounts like her brother but has an excellent strike rate – six winners from 42 mounts.
Captain Kangaroo, a half-brother to Group 3 winner on France, will not lack for fitness and Townend’s 7lb riding allowance will add to his chances. There will be plenty of support for the Gordon Elliott-trained Frontal Assault but the gelding gives the impression that he lacks a turn of foot in the closing stages of his races.
DUBAI DEVILS (4.30, treble) will now be ready to open his account for the season after finishing a promising fourth behind Krisquin at Leopardstown earlier in the month.
2.00 Florrie Webb
2.30 Elusive Star
3.00 Shantou Sisu
3.30 Empire Burleque
4.00 Bachasson (nap)
4.30 Dubai Devils (treble)
5.00 Captain Kangaroo (nb)
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