Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Turban heads a strong Mullins hand

We're tipping a Willie Mullins treble at Fairyhouse

Heavy ground has led to small fields at Fairyhouse this afternoon and Willie Mullins is expected to have a another good day.

"The form of his Turban's second to Tofino Bay at Punchestown in April looks strong and fitness shouldn't be an issue hailing from the Willie Mullins yard."

Turban has a clear chance at the weights on his seasonal reappearance and is taken to edge out last month's improved Galway scorer Shrapnel in the two mile minor event at 13:15. The form of his second to Tofino Bay at Punchestown in April looks strong and fitness shouldn't be an issue hailing from the Willie Mullins yard. Market rival Shrapnel hasn't always looked the most straightforward and it remains to be seen if he can reproduce that form.

Champagne Agent has proved expensive to follow so far this season, but he looks to face just about his easiest task so far in the maiden at 13:45 and should belatedly get off the mark over hurdles. His nearest market rival Shannon Spring didn't go on as expected for Henry de Bromhead last season and few of the others have bettered modest form over timber. It will be disappointing if Champagne Agent can't take advantage of a good opportunity.

Hopefully the last leg of a Willie Mullins treble will be Twigline in the other maiden hurdle on the card an hour later. A bumper winner for Thomas Trapenard in France, Twigline fits the profile of another potentially useful ex-French recruit for the champion trainer and is expected to have too much class for today's eight rivals. King of the Ref sets the standard for those with previous hurdling experience, but he went the wrong way temperament wise last season and it one to oppose nowadays.

Recommended bets

Back Turban in the 13:15
Back Champagne Agent in the 13:45
Back Twigline in the 14:45

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