Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday September 28

Timeform have found three bets at the Curragh
Timeform have found three bets at the Curragh

There's a good card at the Curragh on Sunday and Timeform have picked out three bets...

Zalty is without a win this season, but he has been running well in some ultra-competitive events, including last time when finding only Watchable too strong...

Portage shaped with plenty of encouragement over C&D on debut, and he sets a good standard in the opening seven-furlong maiden (13:55). Portage was slowly into stride on his racecourse bow, but he finished well in the closing stages, running on strongly to grab second, and he looked banker material for a maiden. He's had a bit of a break since but, assuming all is well on his return, he could prove difficult to beat, the level of form that he achieved on debut setting the bar fairly high.

The Great War hasn't really lived up to expectations but he has still shown useful form and is the one to beat in the listed contest at 14:55. The Great War produced a below-par effort in ratings terms at Doncaster last time, but he is worth forgiving as he made a big mid-race move, paying the price for those exertions in the closing stages, and he should be treated as still in form. His form is the best on offer by some margin and this looks a good opportunity for Aidan o'Brien's charge. 

We wait until the penultimate race for our final bet as we side with in-form sprinter Zalty in the five-furlong handicap at 16:40. Zalty is without a win this season, but he has been running well in some ultra-competitive events, including last time when finding only Watchable too strong. Watchable is essentially a horse capable of competing in Group races, so there was no shame in Zalty coming off second best, and there must be a good chance that Zalty can go one better here given his reliable, steadily-progressive profile. 

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at the Curragh

Back Portage in the 13:55
Back The Great War in the 14:55
Back Zalty in the 16:40

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