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Having started his career in point-to-points in Ireland in 2011, Clondaw Warrior embarked on a Rules career shortly after in the capable hands of Shark Hanlon.
Following a narrow defeat on his Rules debut in a bumper at Tipperary, the four-year-old notched up a quickfire double at Down Royal and Cork before being snapped up by a syndicate made up of the wives of jockeys David Casey and Ruby Walsh among others.
Now in training with Willie Mullins, Clondaw Warrior first made his mark in Britain when taking a bumper at Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting in October 2011. Having had a busy first campaign, Mullins put him away until the spring of 2012, when he made a successful hurdles debut at Limerick.
Despite his obvious potential, things didn’t quite go to plan from then on with an array of modest efforts over hurdles and on the Flat coming over the next couple of years.
It wasn’t until August 2014 that Clondaw Warrior managed to get his head in front again, in a lowly Tramore handicap off a mark of only 52.
After that, his form took off and he rounded off his 2014 Flat campaign with victory in the Irish November Handicap at Leopardstown.
Back in full form, Mullins revived Clondaw Warrior’s National Hunt career and he almost made a winning return when finishing a close-up third behind Garde La Victoire in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.
Placed efforts in valuable handicaps at Fairyhouse’s Irish Grand National Meeting and the Punchestown Festival followed before he achieved his greatest success to date when taking the Ascot Stakes on the opening day of the 2015 Royal Ascot meeting.
A victory at the Galway Festival followed before the much-improved stayer disappointed somewhat when finishing only 12th in the Ebor at York. However, the eight-year-old bounced back in the Doncaster Cup, finishing fast to chase down Pallasator late on for a fine second placed effort under Frankie Dettori.
In 2016, he showed his versatility by landing the Galway Hurdle, having previously finished third in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot. He disappointed on his latest start, trailing home last in the 250th Doncaster Cup.
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