Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday 17 February

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There is jumps racing from Navan on Sunday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Navan on Sunday...

"...he is the clear form pick and already has a point-to-point win over chief rival Sydney Paget to his name..."

Timeform on Ucello Conti

Off You Go - 14:20 Navan

Off You Go progressed again to repeat his 2018 success in a competitive handicap at Leopardstown last time, and he is likely to be suited by the return to this longer trip given how strong he was at the finish. A narrow leader on weight-adjusted ratings, he looks well worth a try in graded company on that evidence and is fancied take the step up in his stride with a defeat of last-time-out Punchestown winner Bachasson, with Coquin Mans and Cracking Smart both on recovery missions.

Champagne Classic - 15:25 Navan

Champagne Classic shaped encouragingly when third on his chasing bow in a Grade 3 over C&D last month, moving through the race in a way that suggested he's still got a big future in this sphere. A Grade 1-winning novice hurdler in 2016/17, he should strip fitter here with that first outing for 641 days under his belt, and is fancied to find the necessary improvement to reverse the placings with the second on that occasion, Chris's Dream.

Ucello Conti - 16:00 Navan

Ucello Conti was a 'nearly' horse in his first 13 starts under Rules for Gordon Elliott, finishing placed in countless big handicaps but never quite managing to get his head in front. All that changed, however, on his hunter chase debut at Thurles last month, and he would appear to hold sound claims of maintaining his unbeaten record in this sphere; he is the clear form pick and already has a point-to-point win over chief rival Sydney Paget to his name.

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