Timeform Irish SmartPlays: The start of a Wonderful weekend at the Curragh

The Irish Derby meeting at the Curragh starts this evening

The Timeform Irish team highlight three selections for tonight's meeting at the Curragh.....

with the drop back to a mile a positive, Wonderful looks capable of getting off the mark this evening.

Aidan O'brien will have many an arrow to fire this weekend, and Wonderful looks capable of getting the all-conquering yard off to a good start in the 18:00. The Superbly-bred Wonderful did little wrong when runner-up on both her starts in maidens at as a juvenile, but she was somewhat disappointing when upped in trip behind subsequent listed winner Caponata at Gowran on her reappearance last month. She is entitled to have come on for that outing and, with the drop back to a mile a positive, Wonderful looks capable of getting off the mark this evening.

It would be fair to say that the Tommy Stack-trained Equity Swap (18:30) didn't exactly set the world alight in maidens last year, but there is no denying the improvement he has made since he has been switched to handicap this term, landing events at Navan and Leopardstown on last two starts. The taking way in which he comfortably beat Filatore at Leopardstown last time, suggested he is open to further progress and with the step to one-and-a-half miles expected to suit he should take plenty of beating.

Last, but by no means least this evening is Chicago, who given that he cost 360,000 guineas, probably hasn't achieved all that may have been expected of him. However, after progressing steadily in maidens, he took advantage of a simple task in maiden at Cork over a mile last month prior to proving a disappointment on his handicap debut. Chicago clearly did not give his running on that occasion, though, and he is well worth another chance in this type of company off his current mark.


Timeform SmartPlays:
All at the Curragh

Back Wonderful in the 18:00
Back Equity Swap in the 18:30
Back Chicago in the 19:30

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