Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday June 18

There is jumps racing from Gowran Park on Saturday
There is jumps racing from Gowran Park on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Gowran Park and Down Royal on Saturday.


"She is likely to have finished closer with a better passage through the race on that occasion..."

Tsundoku - Gowran Park 14:35

Tsundoku was a comfortable winner of her penultimate start at Downpatrick and shaped as if still in good form when fifth at Ballinrobe last time. She is likely to have finished closer with a better passage through the race on that occasion, hampered at the second last and never nearer than at the finish. She remains open to more improvement after just three starts over hurdles and, although she is likely to prove better over further, Tsundoku could well be too strong for recent Kilbeggan winner Buanarotti Boy here.

Manjaam - Down Royal 16:35

Manjaam was disappointing on his penultimate start at Newbury, but proved better than ever when scoring at Bath last time and took his record to three wins from his last four starts in the process. He gave the impression he would be suited by this stiffer test of stamina, staying on to lead as the field entered the final furlong and well on top at the finish. That form leaves his rivals with 5 lb to find on Timeform ratings and Newmarket raider Manjaam can make the trip worthwhile with a defeat of the unexposed Zalfana.

Princess Aloof - Down Royal 17:05

Princess Aloof has done most of her racing in better company than this of late and returned to something like her best form when dropped back into a handicap at the Curragh last time. She remains 8 lb higher than when last successful at Galway in July, but showed she can be competitive off this mark when third on her most recent outing and - second behind the reopposing Witty Repartee in this race 12 months ago - Princess Aloof looks a fair price as she bids to see off the attentions of the tough Ceol Na Nog.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:

Back Tsundoku in the 14:35 at Gowran Park
Back Manjaam in the 16:35 at Down Royal
Back Princess Aloof in the 17:05 at Down Royal

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