Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Take a chance on fast Kat

Today's Irish Smartplays are on the Flat at Tipperary

Three more selections from Timeform's Irish team for tonight's meeting at Tipperary...

Kateeva returned from a five-month absence at Dundalk in March and shaped better than the bare result when fifth to That's A Fret

The five-furlong maiden for horses three-years-old and over does not look the most competitive of races and, cosequently, Srucahan (18:00) is expected to finally shed his maiden tag at the eleventh attempt. Despite not yet reaching the winners enclosure, Srucahan has run some fine races in defeat and bounced back to form when chasing home Royal Visit in a 20-runner similar event at Naas (six furlongs) last time. Srucahan impressed with how he travelled that day and, given the third has franked the form since, he looks the one to beat with the return to the minimum trip promising to suit.

There are plenty in with chances in the third race on the card but it may pay to side with Kateeva (18:30). The J.P Fogarty-trained mare is a speedy sort who notched up three wins last term, including at today's course in May. Kateeva returned from a five-month absence at Dundalk in March and shaped better than the bare result when fifth to That's A Fret, travelling well before being denied a clear run. Kateeva's jockey didn't persevere with her once her winning chance had gone that day and, given she is entitled to have come on for that run, she is expected to go close from her high draw.

Last but by no means least, is the progressive Aquilonius (20:00), who very much caught the eye on his return last month. The Jim Bolger-trained colt improved throughout his juvenile campaign and took another step forward when a fast-finishing head second to Pivotal Rock in a steadily-run handicap at Dundalk on his reappearance. Given that Aquilonius was unsuited by the steady pace that day (refused to settle), it was very encouraging to see him finish his race off so strongly and he rates a good bet to go one better tonight.

Timeform SmartPlays

Back Srucahan in 18:00
Back Kateeva in 18:30
Back Aquilonius in 20:00

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