Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday September 23

Two of Friday's SmartPlays come from Dundalk
Two of Friday's SmartPlays come from Dundalk

Timeform pick out three bets from Dundalk and Downpatrick on Friday.


Marinero - 16:20 Downpatrick

Very smart hurdler Taglietelle lacks the size for chasing and already seems to be going the wrong way in this sphere, with a heavy fall at Killarney on his second start over fences seemingly having left a severe mark based on his refusal last time at Galway. He looks one to take on. Marinero has something to find with Taglietelle on hurdles form, but as a point winner he looks a superior chasing prospect, and after running his best race to date over fences when second to Briar Hill at Killarney last time, he should be able to break his chasing duck here.

My Good Brother - 17:20 Dundalk

My Good Brother has usually raced in headgear (visor or cheekpieces) but seemingly produced his best effort to date last time on the sand at Laytown with all headgear removed, and it is easy to see why connections have left it off again today now he is back at Dundalk (where he won on his penultimate start). A 6 lb rise in the weights for last time does not handicap him out of things here and he should at least go close to landing the hat-trick here. Danz Gift lost plenty of lengths at the start when behind the selection last time over C&D and is also one to be interested in if getting away more sharply today.

Ol'Man River - 20:30 Dundalk

An interesting contest. Ol'Man River has yet to live up to his pedigree and price tag (cost €2,850,000 as a yearling) after essentially enduring a disappointing three-year-old campaign last season following a Group 2 win at two, but he is worth a try back at this sort of trip (didn't seem to get home over and mile and a half at Royal Ascot last season) and this looks a good opportunity for him to get back on track. Bravery was better than the bare result last time at the Curragh and looks one of the main dangers.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:

Back Back Marinero in the 16:20 at Downpatrick
Back My Good Brother in the 17:20 at Dundalk
Back Ol'Man River in the 20:30 at Dundalk


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