Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday February 27

The going is heavy at Thurles today
The going is heavy at Thurles today

A fairly good-quality card from Thurles is the day's Irish meeting...

"Urano... probably has more to offer, but a reproduction of Gallant Tipp's close-up fifth in a Grade 2 event last month may well suffice."

In the opening beginners chase for mares (14:25), Way Up In The Air should find this easier than the tasks she's been set on her last two starts, the form of her runner-up effort on her chasing bow at Punchestown easily the best on show here. Killtilane Rose was only caught late on over further here four weeks ago and may pose the biggest threat to the selection, for all that she's already had plenty of chances to break her duck.

There's a similar, open-sex event an hour later over three miles. Dushrembrandt was a fairly useful hurdler and should be better for his recent chasing debut after 12 months off. He gets the nod ahead of Milan Breeze, who arrives on the back of a decent effort at Gowran, and Truckin All Night, whose best effort over timber came at this trip.

The Grade 2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (16:05) is a last chance to book a ticket for Cheltenham only for favourite Urano, and even then probably one of the handicaps rather than a championship novice. He probably has more to offer, but a reproduction of Gallant Tipp's close-up fifth in a Grade 2 event last month may well suffice. Band of Blood completes the shortlist.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Thurles

Back Way Up In The Air in the 14:25
Back Dushrembrandt in the 15:25
Back Gallant Tipp in the 16:05

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