first_img “I thought she was a certainty if she handled the ground and Shane said he always thought she was going to win.” Consistent mare Clara McCloud got back on the winning trail with a determined display in the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle. Since her last success at Roscommon in August, Gordon Elliott’s charge had been placed on each of her three starts, including when third at Cheltenham last month. Sent off the 4-1 favourite back on home turf, Clara McCloud travelled kindly throughout in the hands of Barry Geraghty and picked up well from the final flight to take top honours by three lengths. The strong-travelling Tulsa Jack came home well to fill the runner-up spot, ahead of Make A Track in third. “She’s a nice mare and Gordon has minded her very well. She benefited from a break prior to Cheltenham and stepped up over there and stepped up again today,” said Geraghty. “She is as sweet as a nut and was fresh and well today and was able to cope with the ground which is loose but heavy.” Press Association Stay With It tried to make a race of it at the end of a testing two and a half miles, but The Bold Beckey saw her off and was well on top as she passed the post six lengths to the good. Winning trainer TJ Nagle said: “She’s only a pony but is game and has been incredibly well all the time. center_img The Bold Beckey was a 4-1 winner of the Clonmel Oil Race Day Handicap Hurdle in the hands of conditional jockey Shane Crimin.last_img

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