Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday January 25

Willie Mullins has some great chances at Leopardstown
Willie Mullins has some great chances at Leopardstown

There's a fantastic card at Leopardstown on Sunday and Timeform provide you with three selections...

Hurricane Fly may not be quite as good as he was at his very best, but he's still a formidable opponent, especially at Leopardstown where he's unbeaten in 9 Grade 1 races, and he can add another top-level victory to his record-breaking haul...


Leopardstown 13:40 - Un de Sceaux

Un de Sceaux has always shown ability, often routing his rivals by wide margins over hurdles, and he seems to have taken very well to chasing based on the impression he created when dominating subsequent winner Smashing at Fairyhouse. Un de Sceaux, who had fallen on his chasing bow at Thurles, jumped quick and accurately in the main last time, going off at speed that his rivals simply couldn't live with, and he posted the best performance seen from a novice chaser this term. He's up against two exciting prospects here but looks every inch a top-notch two mile chaser and should prove difficult to beat.


Leopardstown 14:10 - Champagne James

Champagne James has been a bit disappointing to date, not yet living up to his reputation, but he evidently has plenty of ability and looks fairly treated on his handicap bow. Champagne James's future is likely to lie over further than this trip but he should have the pace to cope, particularly against today's calibre of opponent, and he ought to give a good account. 


Leopardstown 14:45 - Hurricane Fly

Hurricane Fly and Jezki renew rivalry following their latest duel in the Ryanair Hurdle over Christmas, and Willie Mullins' veteran is expected to come out on top again. Hurricane Fly may not be quite as good as he was at his very best, but he's still a formidable opponent, especially at Leopardstown where he's unbeaten in 9 Grade 1 races, and he can add another top-level victory to his record-breaking haul.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Leopardstown

Back Un de Sceaux in the 13:40 
Back Champagne James in the 14:10
Back Hurricane Fly in the 14:45



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