Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday December 28

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere

Timeform's three bets on Sunday come from a top-quality card at Leopardstown.

"...Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere made a highly encouraging return to action when third in the John Durkan three weeks ago and can keep the prize at 'home'."

Kashline - 12:50 Leopardstown

Usuel Smurfer and Kashline are better known as chasers these days, but both look well treated returning to timber and could be the ones to focus on, the latter narrowly preferred sporting a change of headgear. Triplets Joy should remain competitive, while a market move for any of Tony Martin's trio would be worth noting.

Lieutenant Colonel - 13:50 Leopardstown

Briar Hill's unbeaten record came to an end when he fell in the Albert Bartlett, though he remains an exciting prospect, while Monksland looked on his way to the very top when taking this prize two years ago and is a fascinating contender. However, Lieutenant Colonel got the better of Jetson in last month's Hatton's Grace and promises to be even better suited by this trip, so he may be the answer.

Lord Windermere - 14:55 Leopardstown

Raiders from across the Irish Sea have taken seven of the last eight renewals of the Lexus and Bobs Worth bids to repeat his success from 12 months ago, but Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere made a highly encouraging return to action when third in the John Durkan three weeks ago and can keep the prize at 'home'. Boston Bob, who finished one place ahead of the selection at Punchestown, completes the shortlist.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Leopardstown

Back Kashline in the 12:50
Back Lieutenant Colonel in the 13:50
Back Lord Windermere in the 14:55


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