Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday October 30

Clonmel stage racing on Thursday afternoon
Clonmel stage racing on Thursday afternoon

Timeform bring you three bets from Clonmel on Thursday afternoon...

This doesn't appeal as a strong contest, so the in-form Embracing Change is worth backing to register a first win in this sphere...  

The standard-setting Louise Royale looks likely to take a fair bit of beating in the opening two-and-a-half mile maiden hurdle at 13.25. Thomas Cooper's filly is evidently no superstar but she has shown fair form over hurdles for her current yard, finishing runner-up on her two most recent outings, and a reproduction of the form she showed when chasing a Willie Mullins-trained hotpot last time should be good enough to see her get off the mark. 

Shantou Flyer looks to have been allotted a fair opening mark and can take advantage in the three-mile handicap hurdle at 14:25. Shantou Flyer shaped well up in trip on her return from 5 months off at Cork recently, beaten less than a length, and she may well do better yet as she remains relatively unexposed faced with a test of stamina. She responds generously to pressure, arrives in good form and looks well treated, so has plenty of ticks in the right boxes.

Our final bet at Clonmel on Thursday runs in the concluding three-mile handicap chase at 16.25. Multiple point winner Embracing Change has relatively few miles on the clock under Rules and he produced his best effort yet when finishing runner-up at Punchestown last time, only just failing to get up close home. This doesn't appeal as a strong contest, so the in-form Embracing Change is worth backing to register a first win in this sphere.  

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Clonmel

Back Louise Royale in the 13:25
Back Shantou Flyer in the 14:25
Back Embracing Change in the 16:25


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