Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday July 19

Tarfasha can provide Dermot Weld with Classic success
Tarfasha can provide Dermot Weld with Classic success

It's Irish Oaks day at the Curragh and Timeform provide you with three selections, including one in the big race...

Despite the absence of impressive Epsom winner Taghrooda, Sheikh Hamdan still holds a strong hand in the Irish Oaks (17:45) as he is represented by Tarfasha...

Darwin took the Minstrel Stakes (16:40) in good fashion last year and is taken to register back-to-back successes. Aidan O'Brien's American import didn't quite go on as expected following his Minstrel Stakes triumph, beaten as a short-priced favourite on his only subsequent start last season before returning with a couple of inauspicious efforts this term. His latest effort when narrowly taking the listed Belgrave Stakes represented a return to form, though, and he is capable of building on that promise by following up here.  

Toscanini got the better of Dick Whittington by a head at Royal Ascot as they finished second and third respectively in the Chesham Stakes, but it would be little surprise to see Aidan O'Brien's challenger gain his revenge in the Anglesey Stakes at 17:10. The Chesham Stakes took place over seven furlongs, but neither Dick Whittington nor Toscanini will be inconvenienced by dropping back down in trip based on how they shaped at Ascot. Dick Whittington wasn't helped by having to make his effort in the centre of the track, away from the main protagonists, and, he is taken to reverse the form.  

Despite the absence of impressive Epsom winner Taghrooda, Sheikh Hamdan still holds a strong hand in the Irish Oaks (17:45) as he is represented by Tarfasha. The Dermot Weld-trained filly showed promise as a juvenile, justifying strong market support to win a seven-furlong maiden, and she has made giant strides this year, first winning a ten-furlong Group 3 against older horses at Naas before finishing a highly creditable runner-up to Taghrooda in the Oaks. The Oaks represented Tarfasha's first attempt at one and a half miles, and she thoroughly saw out the trip, knuckling down well in the closing stages to get the better of Volume, and she can confirm the form with Luca Cumani's raider. Tarfasha is still lightly raced having made just the five career starts, is in excellent hands and arrives here in good form: her claims are obvious. 

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at the Curragh

Back Darwin in the 16:40
Back Dick Whittington in the 17:10
Back Tarfasha in the 17:45

 

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