Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday June 21

Dermot Weld's Vintage Nouveau can win the Ulster Oaks
Dermot Weld's Vintage Nouveau can win the Ulster Oaks

It's Ulster Oaks and Derby day, and Timeform provide you with bets in the big races...

We start off with a bet in the seven-furlong maiden at 15:10 as we side with Jack Naylor to uphold the form of her latest Fairyhouse effort with The Ice Meister. Jack Naylor went off as a well-supported favourite at Fairyhouse having shaped with such promise on debut, and she ran well to finish runner-up, simply unlucky to bump into a useful prospect. Back in fourth that day was the debutant The Ice Meister, who ran on well under a hands-and-heels ride, and he has been heavily supported to reverse the form here, but the value now lies with Jack Naylor who should appreciate stepping up in trip to seven furlongs and can get off the mark. NON RUNNER

Azurite showed much improved form on his return from five months off when registering a first success at Dundalk, and he improved further on that effort when dead-heating in a ten-furlong Curragh handicap last month. He is taken to win the Ulster Derby at 16:10. A son of Azamour, Azurite relished the step up in trip at the Curragh, and he should be suited by the extra furlong this afternoon. He can continue to progress as his stamina is drawn out, while he may also be improving mentally having broken on terms from the stalls for the first time at the Curragh. 

The Ulster Oaks follows quickly, taking place at 16:45, and it can go to Dermot Weld's lightly-raced filly Vintage Nouveau. Vintage Nouveau offered something to work with on debut at Dundalk, looking badly in need of the experience as she kept on into fourth. She subsequently improved on that when making her turf debut at Clonmel, clearly having learnt plenty from her debut as she raced handily and found plenty under pressure to assert in the closing stages. She is in excellent hands and will continue to progress, and can take this on her handicap debut.  

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Down Royal

Back Jack Naylor in the 15:10 NON RUNNER
Back Azurite in the 16:10
Back Vintage Nouveau in the 16:45

 

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