Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday March 23

Racing returns to the Curragh on Sunday
Racing returns to the Curragh on Sunday

Turf racing returns at the Curragh on Sunday. Timeform pick out the best bets on the card.

"Rousayan made a promising start to his career when third at Leopardstown in the autumn and is taken to get off the mark at the second time of asking."

A 20-runner maiden (14:40) mightn't be seen as the ideal place to start, though it looks as though the favourite's chance has been underplayed. Rousayan made a promising start to his career when third at Leopardstown in the autumn and is taken to get off the mark at the second time of asking. Iveagh Gardens looks best of the rest with experience but it wouldn't be a surprise the main threat emerged from the O'Brien and Bolger newcomers The Islander and Aerialist.

Previous C&D winner Srucahan has dropped below his last winning mark so could be dangerous back from a break in the handicap at 15:10, though handicap debutant Great Minds is open to lots of progress and is marginally preferred. The more established English Deer is another to take seriously.

Between the Park Express Stakes and the Irish Lincolnshire there's a handicap for three-year-olds (16:10) dedicated to Johnny Murtagh. Calorie would be an appropriate winner and may improve now handicapping, while Fly To The Moon tasted success at this venue as a juvenile and also enters calculations, but Master of Time has been in great form at Dundalk already this year and is taken to transfer that to turf.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at the Curragh

Back Rousayan in the 14:40
Back Great Minds in the 15:10
Back Master of Time in the 16:10

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