Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Barry and the Jets

Barry Geraghty takes over on Jetson in the 14:45 Beginners Chase

Three selections from Thursday's Irish action at Thurles.

"with trip and conditions no concern it will be a surprise if Jetson is not in the shake up come the business end of the race."

Our Victoria can get backers off to a good start in the 13:45 mares chase. A fairly useful hurdler, the daughter of Old Vic is undoubtedly better over fences despite her small size, and she bounced back to form when winning a six-runner minor event at Navan in September by 16 lengths from Heavenly Brook, disputing the lead and asserting before the last. The slight drop in trip today should be no problem, and is anywhere near her best she should have too much for her rivals.

Next up is Bridgets Pet in the 14:15 beginners chase. A useful bumper/hurdles winner in 2011/12, the Barry Connell-owned gelding shaped well after five months off when making his chase debut at Ballinrobe last month, not always fluent and close up when badly hampered two fences out. He remains likely to improve over fences and the step up in trip will be to his advantage, and he looks worth supporting to make it so.

Finally, Jetson can give Barry Geraghty and Jessica Harrington victory in division two of the beginners chase at 14:45. A useful hurdler who contested Grade 1 events last season, there was much to like about his recent debut over fences at Gowran, jumping safely before being hampered three out. He is entitled to improve for that experience, and with trip and conditions no concern it will be a surprise if he's not in the shake up come the business end of the race.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Thurles

Back Our Victoriain the 13:45
Back Bridgets Pet in the 14:15
Back Jetson in the 14:45

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