Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday October 18

Timeform provide you with three bets from Cork
Timeform provide you with three bets from Cork

Most of the attention on Saturday will understandably be focused on Champions Day, but Timeform have still found three bets for you at Cork...

Stuccodor was last seen winning the Irish Lincolnshire in March, coping well with the testing conditions, and the fact he receives weight from major rival Sruthan is a big positive...

Our first bet at Cork on Saturday runs in the opening six-furlong Apprentice Handicap (13.35) as we side with Hatton Cross. Hatton Cross has proven to be a consistent performer having strung together a sequence of in-frame efforts, and he was arguably a shade better than the bare result implies last time, not getting the run of things. Hatton Cross has a fair chance on form and can register a deserved success.

Enter The Red doesn't boast the best strike rate having won just once from 22 starts, but he did shape well on his return from a break last time and should go close in the five-furlong handicap at 14.40. It is worth noting that Enter The Red's one success did come over C&D, and a reproduction of his most recent performance, when finishing fourth at Fairyhouse, would see him on the premises. Clearly in good heart on the back of his mid-season break, Enter The Red is worth siding with to register an overdue win. 

With bigger fish to fry at Ascot, Dermot Weld's mood on Saturday probably won't revolve around how his contender Stuccodor fares in the feature listed race at 15:50, but there is good reason to suspect that the five-year-old gelding can strike on his return from a near-seven-month absence. Stuccodor was last seen winning the Irish Lincolnshire in March, coping well with the testing conditions, and the fact he receives weight from major rival Sruthan is a big positive. Stuccodor seemingly has everything in his favour and should launch a bold bid.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Cork

Back Hatton Cross in the 13:35
Back Enter The Red in the 14:40
Back Stuccodor in the 15:50

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