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Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday 3 October

Gordon Elliott trains Gun Merchant
Gordon Elliott's Gun Merchant holds strong claims
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"...he is obviously well treated and is difficult to oppose..."

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Gun Merchant - 13:50 Clonmel

Gun Merchant offered plenty to work with on his bumper debut at Tramore in May and duly improved to get off the mark at Punchestown the following month, finding plenty under pressure to assert inside the final 100 yards. He appeals as a good prospect and is worth siding with on his hurdles debut for leading trainer Gordon Elliott.

The Three Wizards - 14:20 Clonmel

The Three Wizards failed to meet expectations on her hurdles debut at Clonmel last month, having been sent off at 5/4, but the winning pointer is worth another chance to confirm her big reputation is justified. Her point win was achieved by eight lengths, so she clearly possesses ability, and the application of a tongue tie could enable her to showcase her true potential.

Bective Cave - 16:30 Clonmel

Bective Cave is in the form of his life and recorded a third win from his last four starts when successful over hurdles at Ballinrobe last month. He may be 11 but that represented a career-best effort from the veteran and he achieved the success with a fair bit hand. His chase mark is 9lb lower than the one he defied at Ballinrobe, so he is obviously well treated and is difficult to oppose.

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