Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Tuesday 26 November

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins brings a strong team to Punchestown on Tuesday

Timeform pick out their three best bets at Punchestown on Tuesday...

"...a big run is expected despite his long absence..."

Timeform on Aione

Instant Return - 12:40 Punchestown

Instant Return showed promise when third in a Galway maiden last month and probably would have finished closer to the front two were it not for late interference. That run sets the standard here, and though he struggled next time out at Fairyhouse under more testing conditions, he is taken to get back on track in an event that is more within his remit.

Dorrells Pierji - 14:40 Punchestwon

Dorrells Pierji contested some top-class hurdle races last term - including the Albert Bartlett - without making too big an impression, but ran his best race when third in a big-field handicap here in May after being dropped back in trip. He is an exciting recruit to the chasing ranks for Willie Mullins, and is taken to get off the mark at the first time of asking in this sphere.

Aione - 15:40 Punchestown

Aione hasn't been seen since winning what turned out to be a good Irish point in May of 2017 on his sole start, beating several who have gone on to make their mark under Rules, but connections have been patient with him and perhaps that provides a little insight into the regard in which this horse is held. He arrives here as part of the in-form Willie Mullins juggernaut and a big run is expected despite his long absence.

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