Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday 20 October

Aidan O'Brien
Today's feature at Leopardstown is the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Leopardstown on Saturday...

"...with several having their first starts, and she can open her account herself now."

Timeform on Minnie Haha

Old Glory - Leopardstown 15:05

Old Glory failed to justify market support on his first try in listed company at Dundalk 15 days ago, but considering that it was just his second start, it shouldn't be considered as too much as a negative, as he took a big step forward in form terms. He takes another step up into Group company this afternoon, reopposing against No Needs Never, but his Dundalk conqeuror has had several more starts than him, and there's perhaps more scope for improvement with Old Glory, who's bred in the purple. He should be wiser this time around, and is fancied to improve again and reverse the form to take this.

Riven Light - Leopardstown 15:40

Riven Light was over in Seoul last month for the Korea Cup, and whilst he finished last of the 14 runners that day, he struggled with the surface on his first run away from turf and can be forgiven. Dropped back into listed company here, he sets a clear standard here and gets the vote to score having been given chance to freshen up after his long flight home. The improving 3-y-os Flavius, North Face and Still Standing head the dangers in an open renewal.

Minnie Haha - Leopardstown 16:50

Minnie Haha has shown fairly useful form in five starts to date, and she didn't do much wrong when just failing against a well-bred Ballydoyle filly at Cork 17 days ago, edging ahead in the final furlong before being headed on the line. Her experience should count for a great deal in this, with several having their first starts, and she can open her account herself now. Freetown and Cockalorum can both win races also and are feared.

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