Clonmel is a right handed undulating track of around 1 mile 2 furlongs the first part of the circuit is uphill before a long downhill run to the home straight. The course has relatively tight bends and is considered to be a tight track with winners from Downpatrick Thurles and Limerick doing well here (the proximity of Limerick and Thurles to Clonmel make the results from those tracks of less importance but should still be heeded).
The times at Clonmel for both the hurdles and chase courses are about as average as they can get the fences are fair but the downhill run half a mile out does sometimes lead to errors and the rate of incompletions here is above average at 12%. As they take the fences off the last bend the runners tend to be more or less flat out which can be problematic and the run in from the last is one of the shortest in Ireland at just approximately 120 yards but the steep uphill finish does compensate to a degree.
Being a fair track time wise and with easy enough fences the bigger races are usually farmed by the big yards race favourites are usually on the plot and therefore the placepot payouts are usually under a hundred euro’s.
There are not that many fixtures run during the season at Clonmel and they do like there racing on a Thursday.