Timeform pick out their three best bets from the Curragh and Downpatrick on Sunday.
"He had a handful of subsequent winners behind him that day and an opening mark of 84 might just underestimate him..."
De Plotting Shed - Downpatrick 14:55
De Plotting Shed was fourth in a hot Ascot bumper in December, a race in which Champion Bumper winner Ballyandy was only second, and has already shown fairly useful form in two subsequent starts over hurdles. Second at Navan in January, he showed the benefit of that initial experience over obstacles when justifying cramped odds with the minimum of fuss at Clonmel last time and that form doesn't give him much to find with Jimmy Two Times on Timeform ratings here. He looks open to more improvement than that rival and De Plotting Shed is fancied to register a third career win under rules here.
Devonshire - Curragh 15:50
Devonshire established herself as a useful performer for the Willie McCreery yard last year and her third in the Irish 1000 Guineas over this C&D is by far the best piece of form on offer here. She made her breakthrough in pattern company when taking a Listed race at Listowel on her penultimate start and ended 2015 with a slightly unlucky seventh in an American Grade 1. Her fitness has to be taken on trust after five months off the track, but most of today's rivals are returning from similar layoffs and Devonshire is expected to make her class tell here. The unexposed Fluff is feared most.
Newsman - Curragh 16:25
Newsman shed his maiden tag at the third time of asking at Gowran Park last September and, although he hasn't been sighted on a racecourse since that win, the form has been given several boosts in his absence. He had a handful of subsequent winners behind him that day and an opening mark of 84 might just underestimate him. He has the potential to prove much better than that in time and Newsman can make the best possible start to his thrree-year-old campaign with a win here. Awtaad and Party Angel could be the pair to battle it out for second.
Timeform Irish Smartplays:
Back De Plotting Shed in the 14:55 at Downpatrick
Back Devonshire in the 15:50 at the Curragh
Back Newsman in the 16:25 at the Curragh