Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Rising Wind to blow her rivals away at Navan

Kevin Prendergast trains Rising Wind.

Navan provides the only action in Ireland this Sunday and Timeform's Irish team have three win selections for this afternoon's eight race card...

"Rising Wind finished just outside the frame in valuable handicaps on her last 2 runs in 2011 and finished an encouraging second both starts in handicaps at Leopardstown this term..."

The second maiden on the card is lacking in depth and, though he could have been better drawn, it looks an excellent opportunity for Atacx (14:25) to break his duck. Tommy Stack's runner has shaped with plenty of promise in frame in maidens at the Curragh (favourite) and Naas, finishing well after meeting trouble at latter track. This looks a much weaker contest and he's expected to justify favouritism.

Stones Peak (14:55) won a five-furlong handicap at the track last June and held her form admirably after, reaching the frame on four occasions since. She shaped as if in need of the run at Dundalk on his return and then couldn't land a blow from a poor draw there last time. Both those runs are easy to forgive, and she's on an attractive mark returned to a track where she has a fine record. Kanes Pass is a worthy favourite, but represents little value at the current prices, and Stones Peak looks too big at around the 8.07/1 mark.

Unaccompanied is sure to be a warm favourite back on the Flat in the closing minor event, but at the likely prices and given the testing conditions, the value looks to back with the consistent Rising Wind (17:35). She finished just outside the frame in valuable handicaps on her last 2 runs in 2011, and finished an encouraging second both starts in handicaps at Leopardstown this term, chasing home Royal Diamond there last time. She looks sure to relish the emphasis being on stamina.

Timeform SmartPlays

Back Atacx in the 14:25
Back Stones Peak in the 14:55
Back Rising Wind in the 17:35



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