Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Follow Mallowney at Fairyhouse

Fairyhouse and Cork host national hunt cards this afternoon

Timeform's Irish team aim to end the Easter weekend on a high with three win selections from this afternoon's cards at Cork and Fairyhouse, the latter of which includes the Irish Grand National...

"Mallowney has been somewhat of a revelation this term..."

Black Benny has developed into a useful hurdler this season, winning at Killarney in July and finishing a good third of 18 to Double Ross at Cheltenham when last seen in November. The form of his latest effort has worked out quite well and, given he now races off a 4 lb lower mark and has previously run well on the back of a break, Black Benny looks worth supporting to come out on in a competitive affair.

Mallowney has been somewhat of a revelation this term, showing improved form when winning a handicap at Naas in February and progressing again when comfortably landing a listed novice at the same course in March. He faces stiff opposition in the form of Tennis Cap this afternoon, but Willie Mullins' charge had a hard race at the Cheltenham Festival recently and he may struggle to cope with the progressive Mallowney, who has been going from strength to strength and may still have more to offer.

Pigeon Creek showed a modest level of form in a handful of starts over hurdles earlier this term, but he was in the process of showing much improved form in a maiden at Thurles on his chasing debut last time, upsides the eventual winner Caheronaun when falling at the last. He had largely jumped well up until that point and, if putting in a clear round, he looks more than capable of getting off the mark at the second attempt over fences.                

Recommended Bets:

Back Black Benny in the 15:10 at Fairyhouse
Back Mallowney in the 15:40 at Fairyhouse
Back Pigeon Creek in the 16:30 at Cork

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