Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Cygnet to strike Gold at Cork

Derek O'Connor: Partners one of tonight's SmartPlays

Big fields are the order of the day at Cork but Timeform's Irish team have trawled through the runners to pick out three more SmartPlays...

"Gold Cygnet is best at a bare two miles, won't be inconvenienced by underfoot conditions and tonight's is not a strong race.

Concrete and Clay is a consistent sort who has held his form well this season, winning once and finishing in the frame on three other occasions, but is creeping up the weights as a result so looks worth opposing in the 18:20. He is now up to a career-high mark over hurdles, 8 lb higher than when winning at Gowran in January, is going to need some luck given his style of racing (held up) and his tendency to make the odd mistake may prove costly on a sharp track such as today's. The race looks like a wide-open heat so a place lay of Concrete And Clay is advised.

Kilbarry Beauty really caught the eye at Clonmel on her debut earlier this month, storming home from an impossible position to almost snatch an unlikely second, and she should take all the beating in the bumper at 18:20. A well-bred mare (half-sister to smart three-mile hurdler/chaser Massini's Maguire), she will be suited by the step up in trip and hails from a yard that do really well in such events.

Pat Mangan is going all out to land the conditional jockeys' championship in Ireland this season (currently leads Declan Bates by two) and can add to his tally aboard his father's Gold Cygnet in the concluding handicap chase. It is fair to say that things haven't really gone to plan for Gold Cygnet over fences thus far, but he ran his most encouraging race for a while at Tramore last time and has been dropped 10 lb by the handicapper since last seen in a handicap chase. Gold Cygnet is best at a bare two miles, won't be inconvenienced by underfoot conditions and tonight's is not a strong race.

Timeform SmartPlays

Place lay Concrete and Clay in the 18:20
Back Kilbarry Beauty in the 19:20
Back Gold Cygnet in the 20:20


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