Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Chicago the Girl for Murtagh

Murtagh trains and rides Chicago Girl

Timeform's Irish team have identified three horses worth backing at Killarney on Thursday...

Chicago Girl showed improved form on her second start, progressing well from her debut to finish runner-up at Tipperary, just failing by half a length...

A half-sister to numerous winners, including the smart Army of Angels, Chicago Girl has shown enough in two starts to suggest that she is well up to winning a maiden and the Johnny Murtagh-trained filly can take the opening contest at Killarney (16:55). Chicago Girl showed improved form on her second start, progressing well from her debut to finish runner-up at Tipperary, just failing by half a length. She had a number of today's rivals in behind her at Tipperary and can get off the mark.

Our next bet comes in the following race (17:25) as we side with the Ger Lyons-trained Campestral Scene. Campestral Scene was a good third at the Galway Festival but probably found the run coming too soon when disappointing at the same venue only four days later. He was quickly back to form, however, at Dundalk last time, finishing a creditable runner-up. He looks sure to go well again and looks the pick.

The novice chase at 19:00 is a strong contest featuring plenty of horses with experience over fences but it looks like a good opportunity for the promising Sizing Machine to continue on his upward curve. Closely related to Point winners, Sizing Machine hails from a yard renowned for being particularly adept with chasers and possesses an imposing physique, so his future was always likely to lie over fences. He created a fantastic impression on his debut in this sphere at Kilbeggan, jumping impeccably, and Henry de Bromhead's novice can take this on his way to better things.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Killarney

Back Chicago Girl in the 16:55
Back Campestral Scene in the 17:25
Back Sizing Machine in the 19:00

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