Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Great Heavens goes for classic glory

John Gosden's Great Heavens goes for classic glory this afternoon.

It's a classic afternoon at the Curragh today and Timeform's Irish team highlight three selections from the three feature races on offer.....

Great Heavens looked a Group 1 filly in the making when easily winning the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock last time....

First up this afternoon is the Dermot Weld-trained Caponata who aims to land her first Group success in the Group Three Kilboy Estate Stakes at 14:15. Caponata has looked a smart prospect on both her outings to date, impressively landing a maiden at Gowran before beating Shebella in a listed race at Naas last month. There had been suggestions that she would be supplemented for the Irish Oaks before she was confirmed for this particular event and she looks sure to go on improving.

Next up is Christoforo Columbo who aims to regain the winning thread in the Group Three Jebel Ali Stables and Racecourse Anglesey Stakes (14:25). The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt made promising start when landing Navan maiden in May and showed smart form when third to Dawn Approach in Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot next time. Christoforo Columbo was not at his best when second to Probably in the Railway Stakes here on his latest outing, but he will prove very difficult to beat if reproducing his Coventry effort this afternoon.

The Group One Darley Irish Oaks at 15:20 may not have the quantity of recent renewals, but few could argue with the quality of this renewal. Was benefited from an enterprising ride when landing the Epsom Oaks last month, but she may find life tougher against a pair of smart and progressive fillies in Great Heavens and Princess Highway, both of whom have won all of their three starts this term. The latter was impressive when landing the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and looks sure to make a bold bid, but the John Gosden-trained Great Heavens looked a Group 1 filly in the making when easily winning the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock last time. The prevailing conditions will pose no problem and she is taken to come out on top at the main expense of Dermot Weld's filly.

Timeform SmartPlays
All at the Curragh
Back Caponata in the 14:10
Back Christoforo Columbo in the 14:25
Back Great Heavens in the 15:20

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