Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday 24 March

Joseph O'Brien
Will Joseph O'Brien be all-smiles at Naas on Sunday?

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Naas as the Flat season returns on Sunday...

"...has gone well fresh before and should be able to defy her penalty in this grade."

Timeform on Yulong Gold Fairy

EXCELLING SPIRIT - 14:35 Naas

The unexposed EXCELLING SPIRIT has relatively few miles on the clock compared to most of this field. She ran very well on debut last year on testing ground and may be able to defy a mark of 84 now dropped back in trip. Jewel Maker is an obvious threat but he's had a lot of time off the track. Rattling Jewel is the best of the remainder in a very competitive sprint.

YULONG GOLD FAIRY - 15:40 Naas

Clear Timeform top-rated YULONG GOLD FAIRY really stepped forward in the second half of last year on testing ground, has gone well fresh before and should be able to defy her penalty in this grade. Drombeg Dream is a serious threat given how she ended last season on similar going. Delphinia is also a threat given her connections and has proven she can handle ease underfoot.

STILL STANDING - 16:45 Naas

The Jessica Harrington-trained STILL STANDING has only had 7 career starts and won 4 of them, has shown he handles soft ground and looked like a progressive colt last year. He has far fewer questions to answer than many in the field. Top-rated Stellar Mass is a solid pattern class horse but tends to save his best for quicker ground. Tiger Voice has been out over hurdles this winter but showed useful form on the Flat in France last year.


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