Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday September 16

Friday is the penultimate day of the Harvest Festival at Listowel
Friday is the penultimate day of the Harvest Festival at Listowel

Timeform pick out three bets from the mixed card at Listowel on Friday.


"He can be forgiven one below par effort given how well he acquitted himself at the major spring festivals..."

Valentana - Listowel 14:35

Valentana appeared to have more in hand than the official winning margin suggests when completing the hat-trick at Roscommon last time, enduring a troubled passage as the field turned into the straight and doing well in the circumstances to score as cosily as she did. That form received a boost when the runner-up won here on Tuesday and - 1 lb clear of her nearest rival on Timeform ratings - Valentana is taken to see off the attentions of the luckless Cairdiuil and can bring up the four-timer.

The Game Changer - Listowel 16:20

The Game Changer wasn't seen to best effect when second on his most recent outing at Killarney in May, conceding first run in a race that only really began to take shape from the third-last and finding less than looked likely when asked for his effort in the closing stages. He can be forgiven one below par effort given how well he acquitted himself at the major spring festivals, though, and should prove too classy if returning in anything like top form, with Kylecrue the most likely to chase him home.

Ash Rowe - Listowel 16:55

Ash Rowe made a successful return from over seven months off the track at Wexford in July, battling bravely to open his account over hurdles at the eighth time of asking and producing a career-best in the process. He is entitled to come on again with that outing under his belt and - 5 lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform ratings - Ash Rowe is fancied to take advantage of what looks a fair mark now back in a handicap and can follow up with a defeat of the thriving Garri Rua here.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Listowel)

Back Valentana in the 14:35
Back The Game Changer in the 16:20
Back Ash Rowe in the 16:55

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