Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday August 12
Overtures – 17:15 Tramore
Overtures was slowly progressive for Gordon Elliot over hurdles despite being a ten-race maiden, and he shaped encouragingly on his chasing debut at Wexford last month. He should improve for that experience – he jumped better as the race wore on (slow at the third and fourth flights) – and has a handy four-year-old weight allowance to help him at this time of year over fences. Just Likeold Times is thriving at present and also went well on his chasing debut last time, so is likely to also go well.
Rosshaven Lady – 19:30 Tramore
Rosshaven Lady was a dual bumper winner for Aidan O'Brien and has been sent off as favourite on both her hurdling starts to date for Joseph O'Brien. Despite disappointing her supporters at both Wexford and Cork, she still looks up to winning a maiden, having shown aptitude for hurdling on debut when second and finishing third last time despite some jumping errors. Dreambaby flopped on hurdling debut at Gowran Park last time but was also a winner in bumpers and should do better in time.
Blue Epona – 20:30 Tramore
Blue Epona showed plenty to work on her bumper debut at Limerick last month, and with that form working out well – the second and eighth have won since – she is the one to beat here. Blue Epona was not unduly punished that day and remains open to improvement on her second start here for her powerful connections who have won four of the last six renewals of this bumper.
Back Overtures in the 17:15
Back Rosshaven Lady in the 19:30
Back Blue Epona in the 20:30