Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday, February 3

Will Faugheen bounce back this afternoon?
Will Faugheen bounce back this afternoon?

Timeform pick out three bets from Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival on Saturday...

"The Champion Hurdle market will undoubtedly get a shake-up after this..."

CARTER MCKAY - 13:10 Leopardstown

CARTER MCKAY just lacked the pace to mount a serious challenge at Punchestown last time, and could take another leap forward now upped in trip. Stablemate Fabulous Saga sets the standard, while Dortmund Park is another with potential for better.

YORKHILL - 13:45 Leopardstown

He's not one for the faint-hearted but YORKHILL is taken to return to winning ways back down in trip having shaped really well on his return in the 3m Christmas Chase here. Stablemate Min lost his unbeaten chase record in the stewards' room here last time having not been at his best but should bounce back, as should Special Tiara.

MELON - 15:30 Leopardstown

The Champion Hurdle market will undoubtedly get a shake-up after this, and MELON could be the percentage call over his brilliant stablemate Faugheen given that rival's huge setback in the Ryanair Hurdle in December. Defi du Seuil swept all before him in the juvenile division last season and this will reveal more as to where we stand with him this term.

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