Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday August 4

There is racing from Leopardstown on Thursday evening
There is racing from Leopardstown on Thursday evening

Timeform pick out three bets from Leopardstown on Thursday evening.

"He is likely to be seen to better effect in this slightly bigger field today and is expected to justify favouritism once again."

Romanesque - 18:50 Leopardstown

The maiden won by Romanesque at Bellowstown last month was an uncompetitive one, but he was still able to overcome greenness to run out a two-length winner over the other market principal Easy Pass, the pair clear some 22 lengths of the rest of the field. An opening handicap mark of 85 seems workable for Romanesque given the improvement that Aidan O'Brien's horses usually find for their first runs, and with this step up in trip looking a good option based on his pedigree (by Montjeu) he should be hard beat here. Willie Mullins' Laws of Spin looks his biggest threat.

Bondi Beach - 19:25 Leopardstown

Last year's St Leger second Bondi Beach sets the standard in this Group 3 by some way (6 lb clear of his rivals on weight-adjusted Timeform ratings) and should successfully be able to concede weight all round. Bondi Beach was not flashy when winning the Vintage Crop Stakes at odds of 1/9 in May, but he is likely to be seen to better effect in this slightly bigger field today and is expected to justify favouritism once again. Jim Bolger's Stellar Mass was third behind Harzand in the Irish Derby on his penultimate start and commands respect based on that form.

A Shin Kildare - 20:35 Leopardstown

Dermot Weld's A Shin Kildare was unable to justify strong support in a maiden at Galway last week, being claimed close home by Sweet Company after being sent off at odds of 1/2. The front pair pulled well clear of the rest of the field that day, however, and A Shin Kildare looks capable of winning an event of this nature before long. Ex Patriot has made the frame on all four of his runs in maidens to date and should go close once again here, while Crocodile Shoes remains open to improvement.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Leopardstown)

Back Romanesque in the 18:50
Back Bondi Beach in the 19:25
Back A Shin Kildare in the 20:35

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