Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Back Blues at Naas

Jessica Harrington: Trains Backbench Blues

Timeform's Irish team have picked out three more SmartPlays on what looks a tricky Flat card at Naas....

"Jessica Harrington has made a bright start to the Flat season in Ireland and her Backbench Blues looks the one to beat in the minor event at 14:30."

Jessica Harrington has made a bright start to the Flat season in Ireland and her Backbench Blues looks the one to beat in the minor event at 14:30. Successful in two of his three starts last season, Backbench Blues did remarkably well to come from a seemingly impossible position (traded at 980.0979/1 in-running on Betfair) to land a nursery at Leopardstown on his most recent start in November and is sure to improve for the step up to this trip. His trainer is on record as saying that she thinks he will be up to listed class this year and if that is to be the case then he should be up to winning.

Royal Visit and Atacx finished third and fourth respectively in the race won by Redoubtable at the Curragh last month and there is very little to choose between them in the maiden 16:10. However, slight preference is for Atacx who had clearly been showing plenty at home prior to his debut (well supported) and was arguably unlucky not to have finished in front of Royal Visit that day as he rather allowed the principals first run.

Backing horses that have to race from out of the handicap isn't usually the most prudent thing to do but An Saighdiur is worth taking a chance on in the sprint handicap at 16:40. He is bang in-form at the moment having won three of his five starts at Dundalk since the turn of the year and is actually very well treated on his all-weather form as, even allowing for the fact that he is 1 lb out of the weights, he gets to run from a mark eight pounds lower than the one he finished third off at Dundalk on his latest outing.

Timeform SmartPlays

Back Backbench Blues in the 14:30
Back Atacx in the 16:10
Back An Saighdiur in the 16:40

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