Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday 15 September

Ryan Moore
There is a top-class card at Leopardstown on Saturday
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Timeform pick out their three best bets from Leopardstown on Saturday...

"...he looks a pattern-race performer in the making..."

Timeform on Astronomer

Astronomer - 15:50 Leopardstown

A most intriguing handicap with Astronomer the selection. He showed further improvement to complete a hat-trick in decisive fashion at Listowel five days ago, travelling fluently and staying on well to prevail by seven lengths, and he looks a pattern-race performer in the making. Saracen Knight remains unexposed and is likely the choice of Donnacha O'Brien, while smart hurdlers Sharjah and Limini add further spice to the race.

Madhmoon - 16:25 Leopardstown

Madhmoon looked something out of the ordinary when making a winning debut over C&D 30 days ago, showing a good turn of foot to settle the race late on. That form has substance and he is fancied to make a bold bid to maintain his unbeaten record up in grade. Aidan O'Brien holds a strong hand, though, and his pair Broome and Sydney Opera House may emerge as the chief threats.

Psychedelic Funk - 18:00 Leopardstown

Psychedelic Funk looked better than ever when defying a penalty to win a Group 3 at Naas back in April, the blinkers continuing to have a positive effect. He has the tongue strap added today and, though it is a little disconcerting we haven't seen him since, his record fresh stands him in good stead, and the yard are in good form, too. Aidan O'Brien holds a strong hand, notably with Kenya and I Can Fly.

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Betfair's 'minimum bet guarantee' on all Class 1 and 2 races in the UK and Ireland - which means all customers are able to bet to win a minimum of £500 - has been extended to cover all races at selected meetings this week. T&Cs apply.

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