Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday 3 March

Runners jump a fence
There's National Hunt action at Leopardstown on Sunday

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

"...he looks well-treated sent back over fences and is fancied to score."

Timeform on The Church Gate

Monatomic - Leopardstown 16:15

It's interesting that Monatomic has been passed over by Jack Kennedy in favour of stablemate Dakota Moirette, but he produced a career-best effort to finish second in a strong handicap at Naas last weekend, forced to switch left approaching the last but pulling clear of the remainder, and he's worth siding with in this, with a repeat effort likely to see him go very close. Dakota Moirette is respected though his jumping is a concern, while Ask Nile has run with credit the last twice and is another to consider.

The Church Gate - Leopardstown 16:50

The Church Gate has taken big strides forward this season, winning back-to-back big field handicap hurdles so far this season, and provided he's ready to go after a small break, he looks well-treated sent back over fences and is fancied to score. Witness of Fashion won this last year and is respected off 1 lb lower this time around, while School Lane and Shanklys Dawn are two more to keep an eye on.

Dewcup - Leopardstown 17:20

A tricky finale considering that those with experience haven't shown a great deal of form, and Dewcup is the pick of the newcomers. He has a decent jumps pedigree (brother to useful 15f hurdle winner Elusive Belle and half-brother to 2 winners on Flat) and represents a yard who have a solid record in this sphere over the past five years (12% strike rate from 171 runs). Sixshooter is also appealing on paper and may be next best ahead of Soviet Pimpernel.

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