Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday February 9

There is jumps racing from Thurles on Thursday
There is jumps racing from Thurles on Thursday

Timeform pick out three bets from Thurles on Thursday.

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Paper Lantern - Thurles 14:10

Paper Lantern proved better than ever when belatedly opening his account under Rules at Fairyhouse on Saturday, staying on to lead close home and finding plenty to hold the challenge of the rallying runner-up. The quick turnaround is an obvious concern here, but Paper Lantern looks potentially very well-treated under a 4 lb penalty and should prove extremely difficult to beat if arriving in the same form. Black Jewel shaped encouragingly when fifth on his most recent outing at Fairyhouse and can give the selection most to do.

Aussie Reigns - Thurles 15:15

Aussie Reigns shaped well when second on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse in November and duly showed the benefit of that initial experience to get off the mark on his most recent outing at this venue. That form leaves him 4 lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform ratings here and, with the possibility of more to come over this longer trip, Aussie Reigns is fancied to see off the attentions of the thriving Thirsty Work and can continue trainer Willie Mullins' fine form of late (10 winners from last 33 runners).

Itsallhappening - Thurles 16:20

Itsallhappening showed improved form when third on his handicap debut at Fairyhouse two weeks ago, keeping on well in the closing stages and giving the impression the step up to this longer trip would see him in an even better light. He could yet prove capable of even better after just four starts in his short career to date and certainly showed to enough to suggest he is up to winning a race from this mark. Indeed, that form gives him the edge over Notification on Timeform ratings and Itsallhappening shades the vote.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Thurles)

Win back Paper Lantern in the 14:10
Win back Aussie Reigns in the 15:15
Win back Itsallhappening in the 16:20


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