There is a mixed card at Tipperary this evening but Timeform's Irish team are going to concentrate on the hurdles races for their SmartPlays....
"It is difficult to ignore the claims of Code of The West in the handicap hurdle at 19:25."
David Wachman is no stranger to saddling winners over obstacles having enjoyed plenty of success with the likes of Cane Brake and Tuco before he started to concentrate more on the Flat, and can gain his first victory over jumps since the 2006/7 season courtesy of Pageboy in the maiden hurdle at 18:25. The gelded son of Galileo showed definite signs of ability on the level, making the frame in a pair of Leopardstown maidens last year, and shaped well in the maiden won by Maggie Neary on his hurdling debut at Gowran last month. That form is working out well and there should be plenty more to come from Pageboy.
Not many horses that start off under Rules in hunter chases would be of interest in maiden hurdles but Bowfinger looks an exception to that rule. A point winner as a four-year-old, Bowfinger shaped really well behind Salsify in a hunter chase at Clonmel last season but has obviously been showing plenty on the gallops at home as both of his starts this term have been in maiden hurdles. He was unlucky not to finish a bit closer than fourth last time (didn't enjoy the clearest of runs) and is open to improvement at today's sort of trip. He is likely to be a bit of a price and makes more appeal than the exposed Brookville and the hitherto disappointing Shrapnel.
It is difficult to ignore the claims of Code of The West in the handicap hurdle at 19:25. He has been in good heart over fences this season, winning at Down Royal in February and getting placed on another four occasions, and gets in here from a mark seventeen pounds lower than the one he finished third from over the larger obstacles at Limerick last time. Conditions will suit and Alan Crowe takes over from a 7-lb claimer.
Back Pageboy in the 18:25
Back Bowfinger in the 18:55
Back Code of The West in the 19:25