Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Dumbarton a smart choice for backers

Gordon Elliott saddles Dumbarton in the concluding race

The Irish SmartPlays team hit the beach for Laytown's annual meeting...

A winner over a mile at Windsor last summer for Sir Michael Stoute, Dumbarton comes here fit from a spell over hurdles and looks the pick of the field at the weights.

As a unique meeting of its kind, it should pay to concentrate on previous course form at Laytown this evening and the opening 16:40 contest throws up a horse in the shape of Kateeva who was a C&D winner 12 months ago. The Statue of Liberty mare has twice finished runner-up in six-furlong events at the Curragh in recent weeks, and given her effectiveness on sand she gets the nod to go one better this time.

Carmen Tango doesn't have a great deal of Irish form to her name, but she was most unfortunate not to land a gamble in an apprentice handicap at Bath over five-and-a-half furlongs last week, hampered and doing best of those held up before finishing strongly to take third. The cat may be out of the bag to some degree, but she should be thereabouts with a replication of that effort and at the morning prices it looks worth taking the chance that she can act on the sand in the 18:40.

Finally, Dumbarton can give Gordon Elliott and Nina Carberry a good finish to the day by landing the 19:10. A winner over a mile at Windsor last summer for Sir Michael Stoute, he comes here fit from a spell over hurdles and looks the pick of the field at the weights. Elliott himself has been bullish about his chances in his own column this morning, and with confirmation that his fall at Down Royal last time has not hindered his preparation for this race he looks worth supporting.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Laytown
Back Kateeva in the 16:40
Back Carmen Tango in the 18:40
Back Dumbarton in the 19:10

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