Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday November 24

Ruby Walsh rides 2013 Supreme Novices’ winners Champagne Fever who returns to action at Thurles
Ruby Walsh rides 2013 Supreme Novices’ winners Champagne Fever who returns to action at Thurles

Timeform pick out three bets from Thurles on Thursday, as Champagne Fever and Augusta Kate return to action.


Champagne Fever - 13:00 Thurles

Champagne Fever is well clear on Timeform ratings and Willie Mullins' 2013 Supreme Novices' winner could be too classy for his rivals on this belated return. He was well below form at Punchestown when last seen over 576 days ago but has a good record fresh - winning the Clonmel Oil Chase on his November return in 2014 - and he is he one to beat. This is no penalty kick, however, with 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere in opposition, along with the Gigginstown duo of Roi des Francs and Wounded Warrior.

Dounikos - 13:30 Thurles

Dounikos didn't pull up any trees in bumpers when trained by Tony Martin, however he has improved in two starts for Gordon Elliott, the combination of another summer under his belt and a sterner test of stamina looking like the obvious reasons. He won over C&D on his hurdling bow earlier this month and, though it wasn't a strong race, he's going the right way. Wexford winner Burndown and the more experienced pair of Bobarlee and Jack the Wire are respected.

Broughtons Star - 15:10 Thurles

Accordion Twilight caught the eye when ninth at Galway on his return to action last time and is respected, especially if the market speaks in his favour, however Broughtons Star has only had two starts for Gordon Elliott and shaped better than the bare result when fourth at Fairyhouse earlier this month. The drop in trip will suit and, with Jack Kennedy taking over in the saddle, he looks the one to beat.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Thurles)

Win back Champagne Fever in the 13:00 at Thurles
Win back Dounikos in the 13:30 at Thurles
Win back Broughtons Star in the 15:10 at Thurles


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