Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday, February 24

Will Davy Russell be celebrating again?
Will Davy Russell be celebrating again?

Timeform pick out three bets from Fairyhouse on Saturday, including an impressive winner last time out...

"...can't have been right when pulled up in the Irish Gold Cup last time and will be a tough nut to crack in receipt of 8 lb from likely main danger Bellshill..."

Battling Spirit - 14:20 Faiyhouse

Despite being 11 years old, BATTLING SPIRIT is extremely lightly raced for his age, but the fitting of a hood has helped him of late and he remains on a handy mark. His recent third over further here reads well in the context of this race. Bettatogether will doubtless come good for Gordon Elliott at some point, with Zagnzig also respected.

Out Of The Loop - 14:55 Faiyhouse

OUT OF THE LOOP justified heavy support in a C&D handicap when last seen in December and a subsequent 9 lb rise may not prevent further success. He's been given a break since and should still have more improvement to come. This is a pretty deep handicap though, with Drumacoo, Sire du Berlais and Laid Back Luke just a trio of possible threats.

Mala Beach - 15:30 Faiyhouse

MALA BEACH can't have been right when pulled up in the Irish Gold Cup last time and will be a tough nut to crack in receipt of 8 lb from likely main danger Bellshill if bouncing back to the form he showed when winning the Troytown at Navan in November. Fellow course winner A Genie In Abottle may prove best of the remainder, though is another who needs to bounce back from a disappointing run when last seen.

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