Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday 24 May

Aidan O'Brien and Derrick Smith
There is a good-quality card at the Curragh on Friday evening

Timeform pick out their three best bets from the Curragh on Friday evening...

"...it is no surprise O'Brien has immediately stepped him up into pattern company..."

Timeform on Constantinople

Siskin - 17:25 Curragh

Siskin justified strong market support in the manner of a potentially smart colt when beating Harpocrates on debut at Naas this month, looking very professional as he went about his business and, open to improvement now, he is strongly fancied to uphold that form quickly fast tracked into listed company. King Neptune failed to meet expectations here 18 days ago but should have more to offer, whilst Back To Brussels also merits plenty of respect after her debut win at Navan in what looks an interesting contest.

Constantinople - 19:05 Curragh

Aidan O'Brien has an excellent record in this race and in the shape of Constantinople he has another leading chance in this year's renewal. A winner of his final start at two, he showed improved form stepped up to this trip when finishing a narrow second on his seasonal reappearance in a handicap at Cork last time, getting no run until what looked too late then running green when the opportunity finally presented itself, finishing off like a very well-handicapped horse at the very least and probably a stakes performer in the making. Therefore, it is no surprise O'Brien has immediately stepped him up into pattern company and he should take a fair bit of beating with Ryan Moore taking the ride. Buckhurst could emerge as the main danger, having built on his successful debut last time out.

Treble Cone - 20:05 Curragh

Treble Cone improved with the cheekpieces added when seeing off the reopposing Passing Trade in a big-field handicap at Leopardstown last week, fully taking advantage of a reduced mark, and a 6 lb rise may not stop him if the headgrear continues to have a positive effect. Mutadaawel caught the eye a bit last time and is also respected is a contest where it's possible to make a case for quite a few.

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