Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday April 22

The Curragh Racecourse.

The Gladness Stakes is the main event at the Curragh today, but Timeform's Irish team concentrate on some of the supporting races for todays SmartPlays....

Ansaab beat all bar the very progressive Sharestan in the Irish Lincolnshire on his reappearance here last month...

Susiescot, making her handicap debut from what looks a lenient mark, looks to have a good chance of opening her account in the one mile handicap at 15:20. She represents some strong maiden form having finished third to the useful Twirl at Leopardstown on her final start last year and then filling the same spot behind Shebella and the subsequent winner Ahaaly at Limerick on her latest outing in what was an above-average maiden for that track. Susiescot has plenty of room to manoeuvre from an ITC mark of 76, acts on soft ground and has the very capable Leigh Roche taking a further five pounds off her back.

Ansaab beat all bar the very progressive Sharestan in the Irish Lincolnshire on his reappearance here last month and can go one better returned to a longer trip at 16:50. Kevin Prendergast's gelding remains on a handy mark, having been put up only a pound for that effort, is still open to some improvement after just five starts and has raced only on ground softer than good on turf.

The lightly-raced Midnight Soprano is still improving judged on her comeback victory at Gowran earlier this month and can defy top weight in the concluding handicap at 17:50. Paul Deegan's mare reportedly underwent a breathing operation following a below-par effort at Sligo last year, and it certainly appears to have had the desired effect as she has won both starts since, including a handicap under this apprentice at Navan in October. Midnight Soprano is only four pounds higher here, despite having won again in the interim, will be suited by the conditions and can take this en route to better things.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
Back Susiescot in the 15:20
Back Ansaab in the 16:50
Back Midnight Soprano in the 17:50


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