Clonmel Racecourse is in the town of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland and stages both National Hunt and Flat racing. The course is located in the Powerstown area of the town a mile from the town centre.
Clonmel is an oval, right-handed track with a circuit of around a mile and a quarter. The first part of the circuit is uphill before a long downhill run to the home straight of a little over two furlongs where the ground is again on the climb.
On quick ground, a low draw is a big help from the mile-and-a-quarter and mile-and-a-half starts, as you turn quite a lot between there and the top of the hill so a good ground-saving position can make a big difference. On softer ground, it is easier to come from off the pace, as the stiff finish can sort out those that have done too much and bring them back to the closers. It?s a track that can very much suit front runners if they are left alone, as there is a great opportunity to get a breather into them coasting down the hill.