We have picked out three SmartPlays on a tricky card at Cork...
"Darwins Fox is well capable of winning a race of this nature and this flat track will play to his strengths..."
Turban is bound to have plenty of supporters in the maiden chase at 17:10, but he is clearly not one of his yard's leading lights and is worth opposing with Darwins Fox. Henry de Bromhead's gelding made an encouraging start to his chasing career, finishing second to Oscars Well at Punchestown and Sword of Destiny at Navan, and is best forgiven a below-par effort when last seen in December. Darwins Fox is well capable of winning a race of this nature and this flat track will play to his strengths.
Way Up In The Air looks to have been allotted a lenient mark for her handicap debut and should prove hard to beat in the feature race on the card at 19:40. A bumper winner at this course in November, she ran out a ready winner of a maiden hurdle at Punchestown in January and improved again when fourth to Glens Melody in a listed mares novice hurdle at Leopardstown. Two miles on a flat track looks ideal for Way Up In The Air and she remains open to improvement over hurdles.
Bumper races are always fraught with danger but it is hard to ignore the claims of Lettermacaward at 20:10. A point winner, Lettermacaward shaped really well when second to Lughnasa in a maiden hurdle at Gowran on his debut under Rules and the booking of the excellent Jane Mangan catches the eye.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Cork
Back Darwins Fox in the 17:10
Back Way Up In The Air in the 19:40
Back Lettermacaward in the 20:10