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Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Francis of Assisi a blessing at the Curragh

Aidan O'Brien will be hoping for a good afternoon at the Curragh

"Francis of Assisi may not have cut much ice on his racecourse debut, but he left that effort well behind in first-time cheekpieces when easily landing a six-furlong Naas maiden in October by four lengths from General Direction."

It has been a quiet week on the Irish front, but the inclement weather has not got to the Curragh and Timeform's Irish team highlight three selections on a competitive card that features the Irish Lincolnshire handicap.....

Bird's Eye View proved somewhat expensive to follow at as a juvenile, despite being placed on both starts. However, Tommy Stack's filly displayed a good turn of foot when landing a course and distance maiden on her sole start last term, finishing strongly and beating Res Nullius by just under a length. The bare form of that effort may not be anything to get overly excited about, but Bird's Eye View was value for more than the winning margin that day and, although she needs to improve to score on her handicap debut, she is completely unexposed and it would be a surprise if she didn't have more to offer.

Francis of Assisi may not have cut much ice on his racecourse debut, but he left that effort well behind in first-time cheekpieces when easily landing a six-furlong Naas maiden in October by four lengths from General Direction. The runner-up franked the form by winning next time and, with his excellent pedigree and future Group One entries, Francis of Assisi looks the proverbial 'group horse in a handicap' this afternoon.                                                                                                                         
Like so many of Aidan O'Brien's newcomers nowadays, Piet Mondrian looked in need of the experience when coming home 6½ lengths third behind Zand and Ghaamer in a one-mile Leopardstown maiden  on his debut in October . However, he also shaped with plenty of promise that day, keeping on well in the closing stages despite not being given at all a hard time. He looks sure to improve for that initial experience and he looks to have been found a nice opportunity in the finale.

Recommended Bets:

Back Bird's Eye View in the 15:00
Back Francis of Assisi in the 16:00
Back Piet Mondrian in the 17:00

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24 March 2013

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