Last year’s Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Tranquil Sea heads a field of seven for the Clonmel Oil Chase at the Powerstown Park venue tomorrow.
Edward O’Grady’s eight-year-old makes his reappearance in the Grade Two contest over two and a half miles since signing off for the summer by finishing sixth in the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup in April.
Andrew McNamara, who was in the saddle when Tranquil Sea won at Cheltenham last November, is looking forward to teaming up with the horse again.
“He has come back well from the summer. He’s fresh and well in himself and we’re hoping he’ll run a good race,” said McNamara.
“It looks quite a good race. The best of the entries have stayed in it, the likes of Scotsirish, Mansony and Siegemaster, so it’s going to be competitive.
“He’s well in himself and he’s been working well. He’s fit enough to do himself justice so hopefully he’ll run well.”
Dessie Hughes expects Siegemaster to handle the testing conditions and the nine-year-old has the benefit of a recent run, having finished third behind China Rock and Sizing Europe at Punchestown.
“He ran a good race the last day. It’s a shorter trip tomorrow and you don’t want to be overdoing it at this time of the year,” said the Co Kildare trainer.
“I think he’ll run a good race and he’ll handle the ground. It’s going to be heavy which will make it a stiff test and that will suit him.
“It looks a smart enough race. It’s a stepping-stone for him as he’ll probably run in the Hennessy after that.”