It's a quiet weekend of Irish racing with Galway just around the corner, but Timeform have managed to find three bets from Wexford...
Celestial Fable sets a good standard in the opening maiden (14:15) and can get off the mark at the fourth attempt. Tommy Stack's filly showed much improved form on her return from a 12-week break at Killarney, staying on well in the closing stages to finish a close-up third, and a reproduction of that effort ought to be good enough to prevail here. There is also a good chance that she may be capable of improving further, so she represents good betting material at odds-against.
Our next bet comes in the 16:00 as we side with the Johnny Murtagh-trained Bwindi. Bwindi went the wrong way in seven-furlong maidens but showed much improved form on his handicap debut over ten furlongs at Fairyhouse earlier this month. Bwindi, who had been fitted with first-time cheekpieces, was well supported at Fairyhouse and went close to justifying market confidence, going down by half a length. With blinkers fitted this time, and the further step up in trip likely to suit, Bwindi can get off the mark.
Hunting Tower looks worth chancing in the concluding two-mile handicap (17:40) as he shaped well over an inadequate 13 furlongs at Ayr last time and can make an overdue return to the winners' enclosure. Hunting Tower hasn't won since taking a two-mile handicap at Newcastle in 2011, but he has been relatively lightly raced since and shaped at Ayr like he can defy his current mark granted a stiffer test of stamina. He is worth backing here in a contest that doesn't look especially strong.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Wexford
Back Celestial Fable in the 14:15
Back Bwindi in the 16:00
Back Hunting Tower in the 17:40