Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Reine Angevine one to oppose

One win selection and a couple to oppose at Gowran this afternoon...

"However, in Blacklough and Rogue Angel she comes up against a pair of geldings who also won maidens last time and look open to more improvement".

Reine Angevine is likely to be a popular choice in the two-mile novice hurdle at 13:00 as she represents the in-form Willie Mullins team and ran out an easy nine-and-a-half-length winner of a maiden over course and distance in October. However, in Blacklough and Rogue Angel she comes up against a pair of geldings who also won maidens last time and look open to more improvement. Rogue Angel was particularly impressive in accounting for a weak field at Galway, and while Blacklough was flattered to have the unlucky Wingtips back in third at Fairyhouse, he was strong at the finish and his own potential shouldn't be underestimated.

The following two-mile handicap at 13:30 promises to be a well-run affair, with Buck Breeze and Whatdreamsrmadeof among those likely to be ridden to force the issue. This could set things up for a closer and therefore The Two Jays catches the eye at the foot of the weights. Lightly raced for a 7-y-o, he shaped well when a not-knocked-about fourth to Mr Eko at Punchestown on his comeback and the runner-up, Grange, has already resumed winning ways since. The Two Jays is reunited with regular rider Alan Crowe and looks sure to be thereabouts if that reappearance has brought him on.

The card closes with an eighteen-furlong handicap chase at 15:45. Finding the winner looks tricky, with several plausible contenders, and a better way to play the race may be to oppose the top weight Character Actor in the place market. He's made the frame on all five runs over fences so far, but he could struggle to maintain that record judged on his last run at Down Royal, where he tanked into contention before finding little. With another couple of furlongs and a more testing surface awaiting him, he could be out on his feet by the end.

Recommended Bets
Win lay Reine Angevine in the 13:00
Win back The Two Jays in the 13:30
Place lay Character Actor in the 15:45

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