Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Gale Force Ten to blow away rivals

Aidan O'Brien saddles leading fancy Gale Force Ten

We are only one day away from the Grand National and Timeform's Irish team aim to bolster the betting fund with three selections at Dundalk this evening...

Gale Force Ten is expected to come on plenty for this reappearance, but he sets a very high standard and should be up to taking this before stepping back up in grade...

Moss Top didn't exactly set the world alight in a trio of maidens last year, but she showed more than enough to suggest she would be a force to be reckoned with once tackling handicaps and proved that point at the first time of asking when chasing home Longfield Lad in a course and distance nursery in November. The form of that race has worked out well and, while she was slightly disappointing on her reappearance, she was not given at all a hard time once her winning chance had gone and she is expected to have come on plenty for that outing.

Gale Force Ten went from strength to strength after shaping encouragingly in a five-furlong maiden at this course on debut last May, winning a Curragh maiden and running fine races in defeat in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Ascot and Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Gale Force Ten is expected to come on plenty for this reappearance, but he sets a very high standard and should be up to taking this before stepping back up in grade.

Carvelas only had a handful of starts last year, but he confirmed the promise he had shown in a couple of maidens at this course when finishing second in a pair of handicaps in the autumn, running his best race when chasing home Balmont Flyer over this course and distance when last seen in October. The winner has franked the form in no uncertain terms since and he looks set to go close off the same mark if ready to go after a break.      
                                                                           
Recommended Bets:
Back Moss Top in the 18:50
Back Gale Force Ten in the 20:20
Back Carvelas in the 21:20

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