Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Arctic to Fire at Gowran

Willie Mullins could enjoy a good day at Gowran Park

Timeform provide you with three selections from Gowran Park on Saturday...

"The Mullins yard is firing on all cylinders and Dogora can win on his seasonal reappearance..."

The second race, a two-mile novice hurdle (12:50), looks like an interesting contest but Arctic Fire gets the vote to build on a highly-encouraging hurdling debut at Tipperary. The dominance of Willie Mullins in Ireland has been well noted and he looks to have another promising young horse on his hands based on Arctic Fire's recent success. Always jumping fluently and travelling strongly, Arctic Fire led on the bridle between the final two flights and was value for much more than the winning margin of six lengths. He looks like a good prospect and can win again.

The two-mile handicap hurdle at 13:20 is by no means a strong contest and it could pay to side with recent Thurles third Island Villa. Island Villa made little impact in maiden hurdles but he was much improved for the switch to handicaps at Thurles, shaping well as he made smooth headway two out, and he is capable of building on that effort with cheekpieces applied for the first time. The fact that Island Villa enters the race in good heart is an obvious positive in a race of this lowly nature and he is a confident selection.

The two-and-a-half mile beginners' chase at 15:05 can go to chasing debutant Dogora. Twice a winner for Mullins last year, Dogora's progress seemed to level out towards the end of the season but he still performed respectably in a pair of graded contests and is of obvious interest with his attentions switched to chasing. The Mullins yard is firing on all cylinders and Dogora can win on his seasonal reappearance.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Gowran Park

Back Arctic Fire in the 12:50
Back Island Villa in the 13:20
Back Dogora in the 15:05


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