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Solid foundation forbacking ConcreteAndClay; BRIANFLEMING TODAY'S BEST BETS IN IRELAND.

Byline: BRIAN FLEMING

FOR thethirdyearrunningClonmel stageamixedprogrammewiththe minimumdistanceontheFlatover 2m110yardsincludingtheSEPAM Tipperary PerpetualCup,themost valuablecontestonthecard.

PatFlynnachievedacareer milestoneatthismeetingtwoyears agowhenGaliannahelpedthe Carrick-On-Suirtrainertohis600th winnerwithademolitionjobover AdmiralBarr y.

Shestartedfavouriteonthat occasionwhenrated8lblowerand whileshehassolidclaimsagainthe prospectsofmorerainarrivinginthe vicinityisaslightworryforthe Galileomare.

Shehas registeredfourofherfive careerwinsonasoundersurfacein contrastto ConcreteAndClay with fivewinscomingoneasierground.

TheCharlesO'Brien-trained six-timewinnerunderbothcodes copedbetterthanmostwithsoftto heavywhenwinningoverhurdlesat GowraninJanuar y.

Notdisgracedoffhis revisedratinginadecent Corkhandicaphurdlesince whenpluggingonforfifth behindtheusefulSaint Gervais,hewon'tbe inconveniencedifthe grounddeteriorates.

NiallMcCullagh, whoisbrimming withconfidence thesedays,isanotherplusaswellas receivingweightfrom11rivals.

Iftheweatherforecastersareright, agoingchangebeforethefirstrace looksodds-on a ndhelooksthe valueeach-waybetinanopen affair .

Rebel Fitz ranwithmuch creditonhis returnfromafivemonthabsenceatPunchestown lastmonthandthedualbumper andtriplehurdlewinnerisan interestingrunnerintheopening maiden.

Withimprovementlikelyfromthat comebackeffortinextremelytesting conditions, the highly-strung seven-year-old,rated139overhurdles and who likes to race prominently, mightprovethesolutionunder SeamieH effernan.

Today's bets RebelFitz 5.40 Clonmel 1ptwin ConcreteAndClay 7.10 Clonmel 1pteach- way

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2012
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