Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday, June 30

There is Flat racing from the Curragh on Friday evening
There is Flat racing from the Curragh on Friday evening

Timeform pick out three bets from the Curragh on Friday.


Russian Realm - 18:45 Curragh

Russian Realm hasn't been with the astute Paul Midgley long and is potentially well handicapped on the pick of his form. He turned in his best effort for a while dropped to this trip when only narrowly denied at Chester last time, meeting trouble early and enduring a tougher trip than the winner, so he has to be of interest from a mark still 7 lb below his last winning one. Lightly-raced types Ice Cold In Alex and Golden Pearl also enter calculations after positive recent efforts.

Thomas O'Malley - 19:15 Curragh

Thomas O'Malley is much more interesting than a glance at his profile would suggest. He showed improved form following a gelding operation when finishing a close third at Gowran on Sunday, and he left the impression he should have finished closer, keeping on when short of room in the final furlong. Thomas O'Malley didn't always enjoy the run of the green last year, and the feeling is he is on a competitive mark and ought to go close with this extra distance likely to suit. Last-time-out winners Mademoiselle Penny and Poitin head the dangers, along with smart-hurdler Bayan, who's returning from 20 months off.

Mawaany - 19:50 Curragh

Plenty to consider, but Mawaany's eighth-place finish at Cork last time doesn't tell the full story, as he shaped much better than the bare result. He beat just one home, but may well have won if getting the gaps, travelling fluently until denied a run two furlongs out, and ultimately eased off in the last half furlong. It's been all positive since joining this yard and, still low-mileage, he remains one to keep on the right side. Useful jumper Riven Light is an obvious danger, while Tipstaff, Sea The Lion and Landsman should rightfully have their supporters also.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from the Curragh)

Win back Russian Realm in the 18:45
Win back Thomas O'Malley in the 19:15
Win back Mawaany in the 19:50


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