Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Connacht Council to come out on top

Gowran Park is the port of call for Irish racing fans this afternoon

Timeform's Irish team highlight three selections for this afternoon's meeting at Gowran Park.....

"...with the switch to turf not expected to pose much of a problem, Connacht Council should prove difficult to beat."

Connacht Council has improved with each of his three runs in all-weather maidens at Dundalk this year, showing borderline fairly useful form when chasing home comfortable winner Clancy Avenue over six furlongs there on his latest start in February. The third home that day has franked the form since and, with the switch to turf not expected to pose much of a problem, Connacht Council should prove difficult to beat.

Romantic Stroll quickly made up into a fairly useful performer last term, finishing in the frame on her first four starts before landing a Leopardstown maiden by a neck from Circle in June. She followed that victory with a couple of creditable efforts in listed company at Dundalk in November and, while she hasn't been seen since those efforts, the Tommy Stack yard is firing on all cylinders at present and Romantic Stroll looks sure to go close.

Fionnuar didn't make the track as a juvenile, but quickly made up for lost time when landing a seven-furlong Curragh maiden in July last year. She failed to add to that success in three subsequent starts last season, but produced a solid effort when third to Starstruck in a 10.7f maiden at Dundalk on her final outing in October. Fionnuar looks to be on fair mark this afternoon based on that effort and, with the application of a tongue tie seen as a positive move, she is taken to continue her yard's fine run of form.

Recommended Bets:

Back Connacht Council in the 14:55
Back Romantic Stroll in the 15:55
Back Fionnaur in the 16:55

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