Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday August 18

There is a mixed card from Killarney on Thursday evening
There is a mixed card from Killarney on Thursday evening

Timeform pick out three bets from the mixed card at Killarney on Thursday evening.

"He made a terrible mistake at the seventh fence that day, but ultimately came through for an easier victory than the official winning margin might suggest..."

Artful Artist - Killarney 18:20

Artful Artist fared better than the bare result when second on his most recent outing at Galway, conceding first run to the winner and doing extremely well to get within a length and a quarter of his better-placed rival. Indeed, he showed enough at Galway to suggest he is ready to strike from a much lower mark than when last successful at that venue in August 2014 and, although the thriving Tara Dylan is an obvious danger, Artful Artist is fancied to register the fourth victory of his career.

King's Wharf - Killarney 18:50

King's Wharf returned to form with a comfortable success over hurdles here last month and followed up in even more convincing fashion back over the larger obstacles at Wexford last time. He made a terrible mistake at the seventh fence that day, but ultimately came through for an easier victory than the official winning margin might suggest and, while a 14 lb hike in the weights can hardly be considered lenient, King's Wharf is expected to complete the hat-trick with a defeat of Casimir Road.

Deans Road - Killarney 19:20

Deans Road showed improved form when third at this venue last month, travelling strongly through the first half of the contest and just appearing to have his stamina stretched over the longest trip he has encountered in his short career to date. The drop back to 2½m should see him in a better light here and, having shown a sound jumping technique in his first two starts over fences, Deans Road is preferred to recent Galway casualty, Tiger Roll, in what looks a fair race of its type.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Killarney)

Back Artful Artist in the 18:20
Back King's Wharf in the 18:50
Back Deans Road in the 19:20

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