Horse Racing Tips

Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday 30 March

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien will be hoping to win today's feature, the listed Cork Stakes, with Sergei Prokofiev

"...he appeals as the type who can make a big impact over sprint distances as a three-year-old this season."

Timeform on Sergei Prokofiev

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

Captainofthebounty - Navan 13:45

Captainofthebounty finished his two-year-old campaign with a couple of good second-placed efforts, including over C&D in October, and provided he can build on those on reappearance, he's taken to go one better here at the expense of Mistress of Venice, who will have a big say if retaining all of her ability after 581 days off the track.

Sergei Prokofiev - Navan 14:50

A fascinating listed contest, in which preference is for Sergei Prokofiev. He was a smart two-year-old last season, producing a career best performance to win the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket last October, and he appeals as the type who can make a big impact over sprint distances as a three-year-old this season. He can get the better of last year's Ayr Gold Cup winner, Son of Rest, who may struggle to concede weight to the selection.

Sherkali - Navan 16:00

Sherkali made a big impression when finishing a promising third on debut at Leopardstown last October, staying on well inside the final furlong have been forced to switch two out, and while he was no match for the two principals on the day, he ought to have learned plenty from that and is sure to progress and win races. He can get the better of California Daddy, who sets the standard on his three runs to date but is vulnerable to an improver.

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