Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Jamsie Hall to score over hurdles

Gordon Elliott's Jamsie Hall can win at Cork

Timeform focus on the action at Cork this evening, providing you with three selections...

The Gordon Elliott-trained Jamsie Hall may be better known as a chaser, but he looks well treated over hurdles and can take advantage of his lenient mark in the 19:10...

Spot Fine was a bit of a disappointment at Clonmel last time so we will side with the Willie Mullins-trained Shamar in the opening contest at 17:35. Twice successful on the Flat for Alain de Royer Dupre, Shamar hasn't made the good impression some of Mullins' French imports have, but he did shape quite well on his penultimate start at this venue, finishing fourth despite jumping none too fluently. He did, however, travel well on that occasion and he certainly possesses the ability to win a race of this nature.

The Gordon Elliott-trained Jamsie Hall may be better known as a chaser, but he looks well treated over hurdles and can take advantage of his lenient mark in the 19:10. Jamsie Hall ran perfectly respectably in a handicap chase at Down Royal earlier this month, finishing fifth, and he should take a fair bit of beating over the smaller obstacles, competing off a 21 lb lower mark. The excellent Paul Townend has been booked to ride and he looks sure to put up a bold show.

Our final SmartPlay runs in the following maiden hurdle (19:40) as we select Moscow Chief to score. Charles Byrnes' gelding wasted little time getting off the mark in bumpers, making a winning racecourse debut at Tipperary, and he has shown a bit of ability over hurdles, his latest effort at Punchestown being particularly encouraging. This looks like an easier task for Moscow Chief and a reproduction of the form he displayed at Punchestown ought to be enough to see him prevail.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Cork

Back Shamar @ 4.3100/30 in the 17:35
Back Jamsie Hall @ 8.88/1 in the 19:10
Back Moscow Chief @ 3.39/4 in the 19:40

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