Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday December 17

There is jumps racing from Fairyhouse on Saturday
There is jumps racing from Fairyhouse on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Fairyhouse on Saturday.

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Travertine - Fairyhouse 13:35

Travertine never landed a blow when seventh on his handicap debut at Punchestown last month, failing to improve for the step up in trip and simply keeping on at the one pace to be beaten six and a quarter lengths. Nevertheless, he showed himself to be a useful performer on the Flat when third at the Curragh in June and - open to more improvement over hurdles after just five starts - Travertine is fancied to take a significant step forward and shades the vote over Emma Beag here.

Mall Dini - Fairyhouse 14:45

Mall Dini shaped well when third on his chasing debut at Punchestown four weeks ago, keeping on well in the closing stages and giving the impression a return to this longer trip would be in his favour. That form leaves him 3 lb clear of those with previous experience over fences on Timeform ratings here and - likely to improve with that initial experience under his belt - Mall Dini is taken to see off the attentions of Arkwrisht and can open his account in this sphere at the second attempt.

Martello Park - Fairyhouse 15:20

Martello Park made plenty of appeal on pedigree and duly offered plenty to work on when second on her Rules debut at Naas five weeks ago. She certainly showed enough to suggest she is up to winning a race of this nature and, with jockey Patrick Mullins in such fine form at present (three winners from last five rides), Martello Park is expected to show the benefit of that initial outing and can land the finale at Fairyhouse this afternoon with a defeat of the improving Strike Is Back.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Fairyhouse)

Win back Travertine in the 13:35
Win back Mall Dini in the 14:45
Win back Martello Park in the 15:20


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