Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday November 19

Sir des Champs makes his eagerly-awaited return at Thurles
Sir des Champs makes his eagerly-awaited return at Thurles

Timeform have picked out three bets from Thurles on Thurles.

This race largely revolves around the well-being of 2013 Punchestown Gold Cup winner Sir des Champs as he was a top-class chaser at his best and should prove difficult to beat if retaining most of his ability following a lengthy absence

Thurles 12:25 - Moyle Park

The lightly-raced Moyle Park hasn't been seen on a racecourse since finishing third to The Tullow Tank in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown nearly 23 months ago, but he will take plenty of beating if fit enough to do himself justice on his return. Moyle Park had looked an exciting prospect when winning his first three starts under Rules and he remains with plenty of potential, for all things clearly haven't run smoothly.


Thurles 12:55 - Sir des Champs

This race largely revolves around the well-being of 2013 Punchestown Gold Cup winner Sir des Champs as he was a top-class chaser at his best and should prove difficult to beat if retaining most of his ability following a lengthy absence. Sir des Champs hasn't been seen on a racecourse since finishing fourth to Bobs Worth in the 2013 Lexus Chase but he has been found a nice opportunity on return and should probably be winning this if he is to remain competitive at the highest level.


Thurles 14:30 - Long House Island

Lightly-raced maiden Long House Island has clearly had his share of problems, a recent fifth at Naas just his second start since March 2013, but he possesses some ability and may do better still. Long House Island was making his stable debut for Denis Hogan when finishing fifth at Naas, and he shaped better than the bare result, seemingly paying the price late on for a big move on the home turn. He could prove well treated and is worth backing.


Timeform Irish SmartPlays: (All at Thurles)

Back Moyle Park in the 12:25
Back Sir des Champs in the 12:55
Back Long House Island in the 14:30


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