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Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday, February 8

There is jumps racing from Thurles on Thursday
There is jumps racing from Thurles on Thursday
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Timeform pick out three bets from Thurles on Thursday.

"If avoiding mistakes this time she's sure to make another bold bid here."

Simple Steps - 14:10 Thurles

Simple Steps may well have finished closer to the winner at Punchestown last time but for a bad mistake two out, and she clearly remains at the top of her game, having won at this track prior to that. If avoiding mistakes this time she's sure to make another bold bid here. Take The Cash, Oisin James and Shanklys Dawn make up the shortlist in a race where many hold claims.

Didero Vallis - 15:15 Thurles

There's no getting away form Didero Vallis' disappointing effort in a Leopardstown handicap last time but that was just his third start for Willie Mullins and he could well be worth another chancing to build on the promise he'd shown prior to that now he's back in calmer waters. Great Trango has been in top form since the blinkers have been added and can fill the forecast spot ahead of Henry de Bromhead's Mount Hanover.

Border Control - 15:50 Thurles

Border Control is stoutly bred so it is too his credit that he managed to run so well over two miles at Naas last month. It's no surprise to see him hiked in trip here given his breeding, and he looks the one to be with. Last Man Standing is another who was second over two miles last time and has the potential for better over this much longer distance, while Nick Lost can bounce back from a lesser effort last time.

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