Irish Derby Meeting SmartPlays: Sunday June 29

Can Ambivalent defend her crown in the Pretty Polly Stakes for Roger Varian?
Can Ambivalent defend her crown in the Pretty Polly Stakes for Roger Varian?

Timeform's Irish team pick out their three best bets for a splendid Sunday card at the Curragh...

"Preference is given to last year’s winner Ambivalent, who has looked as good as ever this term..."

We kick off proceedings with the Group 3 Curragh Cup over 14 furlongs (15:15) and the vote goes to Pale Mimosa. She wasn't beaten far by subsequent Ascot Gold Cup hero Leading Light on her reappearance at Navan last month, and still remains relatively lightly-raced for a five-year-old. She won a listed event over this trip at Leopardstown last summer and with the proviso that she's come on a good deal for her last run she looks to have an excellent chance.

It's another Group 3 contest under consideration next, this time the International Stakes over ten furlongs  (15:45) and the one to keep on side is Ebanoran. He looked a progressive performer prior to finishing ninth in the Epsom Derby last time, and now he's back in more familiar surroundings and far less competitive company he looks to have an excellent chance. He also has a handy three-year-olds allowance on his side and whilst the likes of Agena and Mekong River are respected, the selection looks to have conditions at an optimum for a return to the winner's enclosure. 

The final bet on the card comes in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes over ten furlongs (16:20) and preference is given to last year's winner Ambivalent. She's looked as good as ever this term, winning at York before finishing behind two top-class colts in the Coronation Cup at Epsom last time. It would be no surprise if this has been the long term target and although she's a quirky filly she clearly has talent in abundance. Venus de Milo looks a danger if capable of reproducing the level of form which saw her go so close in the Irish Oaks, but it may be she finds Roger Varian's gutsy raider a tough nut to crack. 

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at the Curragh

Back Pale Mimosa in the 15:15
Back Ebanoran in the 15:45
Back Ambivalent in the 16:20

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