Wednesday's Irish Smartplays come from day three of the Killarney July Festival.
"Port Merrion stands out in what looks a poor contest in the 18:45."
Aidan O'Brien has farmed the maiden at 17:40 in recent years, albeit with some of his more moderate three-year-olds, and Tigris River looks likely to give him a sixth win in seven renewals. This son of Montjeu's two starts to date have come in hot contests and the combination of lower quality opposition and a step up in trip should see him score. Special Tiara, who is a Grade 1 winner over fences, has his first start on the flat under rules and could rate the biggest danger, while Willie Mullins' Pink Hat ran well behind Gambling Girl at Leopardstown last week and is entitled to progress.
Port Merrion stands out in what looks a poor contest in the 18:45. His best form has come over a mile and the return to this trip today should help him get off the mark. Pekoe appears most likely to chase the selection home now upped in distance and Crecora could also challenge on his first start in a handicap.
Willie Mullins has had three winners from as many runners at Killarney this week and Un Beau Roman looks a good win and place bet in the 19:15. He was a decent hurdler but will likely prove better over fences and has a greater margin for progression than market leader Midnight Game. That rival is feared and is probably more solid, though the daring option on the less-exposed Un Beau Roman takes our fancy today.
Timeform Irish Smartplays
All at Killarney
Back Tigris River in the 17:40
Back Port Merrion in the 18:45
Back Un Beau Roman win and place in the 19:15