A second consecutive evening of action at Ballinrobe comes under the spotlight and Timeform's Irish Team have three more SmartPlays to recommend...
"A three-time bumper winner, including at Cheltenham last Autumn, the 5-y-o gelding created a fine impression on his hurdling bow..."
Clondaw Warrior (18:05) can add to his burgeoning reputation here in the second race on the card, in doing so completing a five-timer. A three-time bumper winner, including at Cheltenham last Autumn, the 5-y-o gelding created a fine impression on his hurdling bow earlier this month, mainly jumping well to make all at Limerick, comfortably beating Jim Jim Mac Cool, who has the opportunity to frank that form in the preceding race on this evening's card. That was Clondaw Warrior's first run for over six months, and he looks likely to progress again stepped up in trip.
Although no world beater, the mare The Grey Express (18:35) has shown consistent form at this sort of level over the past year and, having fallen (for the first time in her career) on her return from a break at Limerick, ran a promising race since at Sligo, staying on well to finish three lengths behind Claragh. This event doesn't look any tougher than that one and, with the trip looking ideal, Paul Townend can be expected to navigate his way through his rivals to achieve a second course victory for the grey, having won a bumper here in 2010.
Supreme Doc (19:35) had the beating of Claragh Native at Killarney just over two weeks ago and despite a 4 lb pull in the weights, is taken to get the better of his rival again in the 2m 1f handicap chase. The latter is by no means the 7-y-o gelding's only danger, with fellow last-time-out winner Island Peak expected to run well again after his success earlier this month at Limerick. Nevertheless, the impression created by Supree Doc in his first race under Rules (a three time winner in Points) was such that the drop in trip presents the biggest obstacle to further success here rather than his opponents.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Ballinrobe
Back Clondaw Warrior in the 18:05
Back The Grey Express in the 18:35
Back Supreme Doc in the 19:35
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