Take a chance with Tabaahi

TABAAHI may prove the solution to the New Club Stand Opening This Evening Handicap at Clonmel tonight.

The selection’s form figures are hardly inspiring and the nearest he has got in four races is seventh place.

But that may not quite tell the full story of Dermot Weld’s colt. The son of Alhaarth made his debut over ten furlongs at Navan last June, showing a modicum of promise to take seventh behind Tommy Stack’s Cassique Lady.

Then, rather dramatically, his canny handler essentially dropped him right down to five furlongs for his other three outings.

Indeed, that was more or less the trip, it was 182 yards onto the minimum distance to be precise, over which Tabaahi made his reappearance when eighth of 15 behind Marinebird at Navan 11 days ago .

Now he returns to ten furlongs for the first time since his debut and, perhaps, that will prove significant.

It is not beyond the bounds of possibility, ofr course, that Tabaahi will prove of little use at any trip, but until we know better he gets the nap.

Feature event is the Kedrah House Well Chosen Tipperary Cup Handicap and the vote here falls on Tony Martin’s Equator.

A solid case can be made for very few of these and at least we know Equator is in good form, having landed a gamble in a modest handicap hurdle at Cork last time.

The moderate Donie Hassett-trained Droim Toll should at least go close in the Clonmel In The Summer BBQ Evening June 12th Handicap Chase.

Beaten four and a half lengths into second by Brave Jonnie at Tipperary, Droim Toll could reverse the placings on 5lbs better terms.

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