Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday June 16
Timeform pick out three bets from Leopardstown on Thursday.
"He can gain a deserved success at this level..."
Kadra - 18:55 Leopardstown
Mick Halford is in good form at present, winning the Royal Hunt Cup with Portage at Royal Ascot yesterday, and Kadra looks to have a good chance of providing him with another winner tonight at Leopardstown. Kadra won a maiden at Dundalk on her final start last season and ran well on her reappearance at Gowran Park in May, shaping as though the step up to a mile would suit her. She tries a mile for the first time on her handicap debut this evening, and may well have more to offer. Aidan O'Brien's Cockatoo Island also makes his handicap debut and is the obvious danger.
Kelinni - 19:55 Leopardstown
Kelinni's winning performance in a handicap from a lofty mark of 105 last season over this C&D was essentially Group 2-winning form, and though he has been unable to get off the mark at listed level since at both Wolverhampton and York, he looked as good as ever when winning a minor event at Thirsk in April. He can gain a deserved success at this level, perhaps at the expense of Gordon Lord Byron, who has been below his best on two starts so far this season but will be a big player if returning to near the level of his best form from last season.
Pirolo - 20:25 Leopardstown
Pirolo, representing the in-form Jim Bolger team, showed improved form to score over this trip at Navan at the end of last month, and though he couldn't follow up under a penalty for that success at Fairyhouse eight days ago, he fared best of the prominent runners in a race that favoured those who were making their challenges later on, and is worth another chance to confirm himself on a good mark. Poker Gold and Eight And Bob could be the pair to give him the biggest challenge.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Leopardstown)
Back Kadra in the 18:55
Back Kelinni in the 19:55
Back Pirolo in the 20:25