Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday 26 January

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins trains the well-fancied Real Steel in the opener

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

"...looked set to go close when falling on chasing debut (was upsides and travelling better than winner Paloma Blue when departing at the last)..."

Timeform on Real Steel

REAL STEEL - 12:00 Fairyhouse

Useful hurdler REAL STEEL looked set to go close when falling on chasing debut (was upsides and travelling better than winner Paloma Blue when departing at the last) and is taken to gain compensation despite the presence of a couple of formidable rivals in the shape of Gordon Elliott's Carter McKay and Glenloe, the former a very talented hurdler who should come on for his reappearance.

TINTANGLE - 13:35 Fairyhouse

TINTANGLE was third at Grade 1 level at Leopardstown over Christmas and gets the nod to resume winning ways in these slightly calmer waters, with the longer trip likely to bring about more improvement. Robin de Carlow is better than she showed at Cork last time and could be the one to give Gordon Elliott's mare most to think about ahead of the Honeysuckle, who looks the type to go on improving.

RAYA TIME - 14:45 Fairyhouse

A winner of his sole bumper start back in May, the Henry de Bromhead-trained RAYA TIME stepped up on his hurdles/yard debut form and looked much more tractable when third in a Leopardstown novice 31 days ago. Open to further improvement, he can make it third time lucky in this sphere. Fauguernon is a most interesting Flat recruit from France (showed useful form) and he is feared, along with Dalton Highway and Authorizo, who has his first start for Gordon Elliott here.

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