Timeform Irish SmartPlays: A good opportunity for Uponthe Hoof

Today's Irish action comes from Wexford

The Timeform Irish SmartPlays team highlight three selections for tonight's meeting at Wexford....

Uponthe Hoof looks capable of getting off the mark over hurdles if building on that this evening.

First up this evening is the Tom Taaffe-trained Uponthe Hoof , who runs in the maiden hurdle at 18:00. Uponthe Hoof showed fair form in bumpers last term and returned from a seven-month absence to finish 6¼ lengths fourth of 16 to Dara Tango in a maiden hurdle at Killarney last month. That effort was promising, given that he was unsuited by the way the race developed, and Uponthe Hoof looks capable of getting off the mark over hurdles if building on that this evening.

Next up is Primroseandblue, who was a useful bumper performer but looks like doing even better over hurdles. The Willie Mullins-trained gelding landed a maiden at Clonmel in March before showing improved form when second to Run With The Wind in a minor event at Ballinrobe on his return. That effort is easily the best form on offer in tonight's contest and, given he is well clear on Timeform ratings, he will prove difficult to beat.

Last, but by no means least is Claragh Native, who aims to finally get off the mark over fences in the handicap chase at 20:30. Claragh Native showed fair form over hurdles, winning a handicap at Downpatrick last season, and has shown the same level form over fences, despite being winless from five attempts. However, his last two efforts in handicaps have shown that he is capable of winning from his current mark over fences and, with question marks over a few of his rivals, he looks sure to go close.

Timeform SmartPlays
Back Uponthe Hoof in the 18:00
Back Primroseandblue in the 18:30
Back Claragh Native in the 20:30
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