Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday 10 January

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There is jumps racing from Thurles on Friday

Timeform pick out the best bets at Thurles on Friday...

"...a repeat of that display will ensure he's very competitive back in a novice..."

Timeform on Foxy Jacks

Tronador - 13:50 Thurles

Tronador finished with a rattle from a poor position when a very promising fourth at Leopardstown on his hurdling debut at Leopardstown two weeks ago and should be able to open his account in a weaker race with the benefit of that experience. Cafe Con Leche is the main threat and Pepper'n Salt warrants a mention switching to timber having achieved a reasonable level of form on the Flat.

Ard Abhainn - 14:25 Thurles

Ard Abhainn was a useful winner in bumpers earlier this season and made a promising start over hurdles when winning a maiden at Clonmel in October, jumping soundly and just kept up to her work to score by three lengths. She showed improved form upped to this level when third to a potentially smart type at Punchestown last time, and that form sets the standard here. The drop back to two miles is a slight concern for this point winner, but there should be more to come from her and she could prove too classy for some of these.

Foxy Jacks - 15:00 Thurles

Foxy Jacks ran a cracker in handicap company at Leopardstown 12 days ago to hit the frame from what looked a stiff opening mark, shaping even better than the distance beaten suggests, and a repeat of that display will ensure he's very competitive back in a novice. Mister Fogpatches and Royal Thief head the opposition.

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