Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday, June 29

Friday's evening card at Curragh kicks off the three day Derby meeting at the course
Friday's evening card at Curragh kicks off the three day Derby meeting at the course

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

"...he's fancied to prove to be a different proposition second time around, with the booking of Ryan Moore a bonus."

Timeform on Foreign Secretary

Gustavus Vassa - 19:45 Curragh

Gustavus Vassa was a nose behind Sea The Lion at Cork 12 days ago, and reopposes here 2 lb better off at the weights. His slow start arguably cost him the victory last time out, and he is fancied to reverse the form this time around. The hat-trick seeking Change Of Velocity can also get involved in an interesting race of its type.

Night of Power - 20:20 Curragh

Night of Power shaped very well when second on his reappearance at Navan in April, shaping like the best horse at the weights, with the lack of a recent run proving his undoing. Raised just 2 lb for that effort, he looks more than capable of winning off this sort of mark, with further progress very much on the cards. The hat-tricking seeking Bucky Larson rates an obvious danger, while recent Down Royal runner-up Active Approach also merits respect in a useful contest.

Foreign Secretary - 20:55 Curragh

Foreign Secretary was far too green to figure on his debut at Dundalk 8 months ago, but he should have grown plenty both physically and mentally over the winter. He's tremendously well bred (closely related to smart 2-y-o winner Ol' Man River), so much better is expected from him, and he's fancied to prove to be a different proposition second time around, with the booking of Ryan Moore a bonus. Fridjtof Nansen remains with potential having seemed rusty on reappearance and National Security would boast strong claims on his best form.

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