Timeform's Irish team have found three bets at Kilbeggan this evening....
If Silverhand can replicate anything like his best hurdling form he is likely the one they all have to beat...
In the opening two-mile maiden hurdle it can pay to keep things simple and side with Paul Townend's mount White Feathers. She ran at the same course eight days ago over 19f and just failed to reel in Gordon Elliott's odds-on favourite Cause of Causes. Her main rival today would appear to be the Noel Meade-trained Westhaven, and he was eight and a half lengths behind her that day. There seems to be no obvious reason why he should turn that form around and White Feathers can register a deserved hurdles victory at the fourth attempt.
At somewhat more rewarding odds Substitute is of some interest in the 19f handicap hurdle. On his penultimate hurdles outing in August, he bolted up by 25 lengths in a two-and-three-quarter mile handicap here when sporting first-time cheekpieces. On his latest start last month he ran a satisfactory race at Punchestown without the headgear after an absence of over seven months, moving well to four out before weakening as though in need of the outing. He is likely to strip fitter here, and while it is likely he was somewhat flattered by the bare winning margin of his win at this track in August, it could be worth chancing that the cheekpieces (reapplied today) are, indeed, the key to him.
Silverhand makes his debut over fences in the two and a half mile Beginners' Chase, and if he can replicate anything like his best hurdling form he is likely the one they all have to beat. On his latest outing he ran a career-best over the smaller obstacles when fourth of 28 in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. That was his first run since July of last year and so he arrives here a fresh horse. Whilst most of his form is on a sound surface he has proven that he can handle more testing conditions, and he can get off the mark over fences at the first time of asking.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays
all at Kilbeggan
Back White Feathers in the 17:25
Back Substitute in the 18:25
Back Silverhand in the 19:25
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