Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Cyclone to whip up a storm

Down Royal plays host to racing on Saturday.

Timeform advise three bets on Saturday's card at Down Royal...

Great Soprano (15:30) is improving all the time on the Flat and a reproduction of his latest second at Gowran would make him hard to beat dropped back to 7f. The four-year-old offered nopromise on hurdles bow in the summer but more to like about recent starts on the Flat, taking a big step forward in the aforementioned affair. Dermot Weld's Exhortation is a danger but Great Soprano should go close.

Opera Gloves (16:35) made a really encouraging start to her handicap career when second at Navan last month and she is the one runner in the field open to considerable improvement. She can return to winning ways at the main expense of Dane Street and the other 3-y-o in the race Salhooda.

Cyclone (17:10) made a winning start in handicaps last month and he still looks well treated despite his rise in the weights. Empress of Tara, Nabat Ali and High Importance head the list of dangers. The three-year-old put up an improved is only 6 lb higher this time and likelihood is that he's got more to come.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Down Royal
Back Great Soprano in the 15:30
Back Opera Gloves in the 16:35
Back Cyclone in the 17:10

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