Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday May 30

Joseph O'Brien could enjoy a good night at Down Royal
Joseph O'Brien could enjoy a good night at Down Royal

Timeform provide you with three selections on the Flat at Down Royal this evening...

The booking of Joseph O'Brien could be the final piece of the jigsaw and Measured Approval can bounce back to winning ways...

There was no shame in Atlantic Sea finding subsequent Irish 2000 Guineas fourth Johann Strauss too good at Dundalk last time, and Paul Deegan's three-year-old sets a decent standard in Down Royal's five-furlong maiden at 19:55. That effort came over seven furlongs, and Atlantic Sea is tackling the minimum distance for the first time here, but he is closely related to a couple of sprinters and arguably his best effort came over six furlongs, on turf, at the Curragh. The application of cheekpieces could help to sharpen up Atlantic Sea and he will prove tough to beat if running to form.

Battleroftheboyne didn't run up to his best at the Curragh last time, but he had finished a highly-creditable second just a day earlier and he should have benefited from a near-seven-week break when tackling the seven-furlong handicap (20:30) at Down Royal this evening. It is best to overlook the Curragh performance and instead focus on the positives that were evident at Navan when he just failed to reel in the eventual winner having conceded first run. Battleroftheboyne is 3 lb higher here, but he doesn't look handicapped out of things and the booking of Joseph O'Brien is a positive. He should give a good account and offers a spot of value.

We side with another Joseph O'Brien-ridden horse as Measured Approval is taken to win Down Royal's concluding seven-furlong handicap (21:00). Measured Approval has won from higher marks in the past, his most recent success coming from a 9 lb higher mark at Killarney last year, and he has been shaping as if building up to something, finishing a respectable fourth at Dundalk last time when running on well in the closing stages. The booking of Joseph O'Brien could be the final piece of the jigsaw and Measured Approval can bounce back to winning ways.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Down Royal

Back Atlantic Sea in the 19:55
Back Battleroftheboyne in the 20:30
Back Measured Approval in the 21:00

 
 

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