Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Zero to score at Sligo

Timeform's Irish team bring you three selections at Sligo

Timeform's Irish team have studied the card at Sligo and found three bets for you...

The two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle at 20:10 is possibly the most competitive event on the card, but Eddie Zero may be capable of springing a surprise at a double-figure price...

A winner of a one-and-a-half mile maiden at Tramore in October, Zabana (18:10) produced an encouraging performance on his first outing over hurdles, finishing third at Limerick earlier this month. He didn't produce a round of foot-perfect jumping on that occasion, his inexperience evident as he made a few novicey mistakes, but he kept on well in the closing stages, hinting that he may have more to offer in this sphere. He has been found a good opportunity here and should be capable of registering his first success over hurdles.

The Martin Brassil-trained Troll D'oudairies was a respectable second at Tipperary last time and can score in a weak-looking affair in the 19:10. That second-place effort, where he was beaten by eighteen lengths, came over three miles, but Troll D'oudairies should not be inconvenienced by stepping down to two and a quarter miles. In fact, his chief rival, Castletown Bridge, hasn't always convinced with his finishing effort, so Troll D'oudairies' proven stamina may be an asset.

The two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle at 20:10 is possibly the most competitive event on the card, but Eddie Zero may be capable of springing a surprise at a double-figure price. Eddie Zero's sole win was gained from a mark 1 lb higher at Downpatrick in 2010/11 and he has made the frame 3 times since. He appeared to find two miles on good ground an insufficient test of stamina last time and this sort of trip should see the eight-year-old in a better light.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Sligo

Back Zabana in the 18:10
Back Troll D'oudairies in the 19:10
Back Eddie Zero in the 20:10

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