Man Of Repute ready to deliver

CLONMEL this evening houses what has almost become the norm lately, a dreadful card.

You would have to wonder just how much thought goes into a programme which is made up of three awful handicaps, a claiming race and three other contests which are just mediocre.

Undaunted, one has to attempt to find a winning nap and Man Of Repute is burdened with the star selection in the Avonmore Flavoured Milk Maiden Hurdle.

Steve Mahon’s charge is clearly a moderate performer, but has at least taken a bumper. And there was some promise in two outings over flights.

At Wexford he finished third behind Faayej and Duneden and that form received a minor boost when Duneden struggled to success at Gowran Park on Tuesday night.

Man Of Repute then ran well enough at Kilbeggan when fourth behind Akshar, beaten a little over seven lengths.

Interestingly, both his outings over jumps have been at two and a half miles. Perhaps, dropping down to two miles now will see him show the necessary improvement required.

Edward O’Grady’s relatively experienced Tower Of Steel is the choice in the Gain Feeds Beginners ‘Chase.

He was a modest fifth behind Dotty Lord at Ballinrobe last month, but at least that was in handicap company.

Declan Gillespie has his team in fine shape and Morning Glow could be another for him in the Hyundai Handicap.

Morning Glow won with any amount in hand at Limerick, beating Tod Sloan an unflattering two and a half lengths, but it wasn’t lost on the handicapper and the son of King Of Kings went up 11lbs.

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