Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday October 31

Down Royal hosts graded racing on Friday

Down Royal hosts a strong precursor to Saturday's Grade 1 card.

"The thoroughly likeable Little King Robin bids for a five-timer, but this looks a much stronger event than the mares races she's been mopping up this summer and she may meet her match..."

Champoleon - 13:05 Down Royal

Champoleon may well have made a winning start over hurdles at Naas 12 days ago but for a last-flight blunder and is taken to make quick amends. Better Back Bob is proving consistent and can claim more minor money, while Scorpion Star promises to improve further for the step up to this trip.

Arctic Fire - 14:05 Down Royal

The thoroughly likeable Little King Robin bids for a five-timer, but this looks a much stronger event than the mares races she's been mopping up this summer and she may meet her match in Arctic Fire and Triumph Hurdle-winner Tiger Roll, Ruby Walsh renewing his partnership with the former and taken to land the spoils in an event won by the current Champion Hurdler Jezki 12 months ago.

Obispo - 15:50 Down Royal

A pretty open handicap chase with the vote going to the hat-trick seeking Obispo who arrives at the top of his game, and may just have a bit more still to come despite a 12 lb rise. Sizing Solution and Formal Bid make most appeal of the remainder.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Down Royal

Back Champoleon in the 13:05
Back Arctic Fire in the 14:05
Back Obispo in the 15:50

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