Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday October 25
There's a good card at Leopardstown on Sunday and Timeform have identified three bets.
This is an ultra-competitive renewal of the November Handicap but Golden Spear looks to hold solid claims and might just represent a spot of value.
Leopardstown 14:20 - Tested
Tested may have been demoted to second having given a hefty bump to Sovereign Debt in a Group 3 at Tipperary last time, but the performance still represented a career-best effort from Dermot Weld's filly, and she is likely to be on the premises. Tested wears a first-time visor here and the excellent Pat Smullen is back in the saddle having been absent last time, so there is a chance she can pull out a bit more improvement.
Leopardstown 14:50 - Landofhopeandglory
Landofhopeandglory's good second in a Listed race at Newmarket last time sets the standard on form and, with further improvement likely, he is taken to bounce back to winning ways here. Landofhopeandglory travelled well at Newmarket, looking the likely winner a couple of furlongs out, but didn't quite see things out as strongly as the eventual victor. This slight drop back in trip should suit Aidan O'Brien's charge and he is the one to beat.
Leopardstown 15:20 - Golden Spear
This is an ultra-competitive renewal of the November Handicap but Golden Spear looks to hold solid claims and might just represent a spot of value. It's by no means certain that Golden Spear will even prove to be the best of his trainer's quartet, but he is worth siding with having beaten an exciting prospect in good style over hurdles last time. That victory shows that Golden Spear is in decent heart at present and he appears to be fairly treated in this sphere.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays: (All at Leopardstown)
Back Tested in the 14:20
Back Landofhopeandglory in the 14:50
Back Golden Spear in the 15:20