Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday October 9

There is good-quality Flat racing from the Curragh on Sunday
There is good-quality Flat racing from the Curragh on Sunday

Timeform pick out three bets from the Curragh on Sunday.


Fort del Oro - Curragh 14:40

Fort del Oro won this listed Waterford Testimonial Stakes over six furlongs last year and she holds good claims of doing so again, following respectable runs in pattern company on her last two starts. There's plenty of pace on in this event courtesy of Nameitwhatyoulike and Tribal Path, which will suit hold-up performer Fort del Oro, while another positive is the fact the Edward Lynam yard has got back among the winners in recent days after a barren spell by its standard.

Butterflies - Curragh 15:50

Aidan O'Brien has been mopping up group races with fillies of late, and he can add the listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes to this season's tally courtesy of Butterflies. Butterflies wasn't disgraced in a Group 3 over C&D last time, after winning her maiden at the third time of asking, and she remains with plenty of potential as a Galileo half-sister to top-class winner up to an extended 10 furlongs Giant's Causeway. O'Brien has won this race multiple times, including with subsequent Group 1 winners Homecoming Queen (2011) and Together Forever (2014).

Artful Artist - Curragh 16:55

A wide-open renewal of the Irish Cesarewitch in which Artful Artist gets the vote in the expectation that he'll have a bit more luck than when a creditable two and a half lengths second of 12 to Le Vagabond at Killarney last time. Artful Artist shaped well that day too, as he had to weave through after losing his place at the end of the back straight, and the likely strong pace here is bound to play into his strengths.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from the Curragh)

Back Fort del Oro in the 14:40
Back Butterflies in the 15:50
Back Artful Artist in the 16:55


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