Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday, December 31

 Timeform provide three bets from Punchestown on Sunday
Timeform provide three bets from Punchestown on Sunday

Timeform pick out three bets from Punchestown on Sunday...

"...was making a big name for himself over fences when last seen and his class could see him through..."

Surrogate Lad - 13:05 Punchestown

The Tony Martin-trained SURROGATE LAD won very easily at Thurles and is hard to oppose if in the same form despite an added 14 lb from the handicapper. Top-rated Robin des Mana, who won well at Clonmel before finishing fifth at Navan last time, looks his biggest danger and is not taken lightly while top-weight Show And Go has solid place chances in this field.

Killultagh Vic - 13:40 Punchestown

Several returning from monster absences here, however KILLULTAGH VIC was making a big name for himself over fences when last seen and his class could see him through. His earlier hurdles form stacks up well and he can take this for Willie Mullins if able to repeat past efforts. 2016 Coral Cup winner Diamond King may well prove to be his biggest rival and can chase the selection home, while Ivanovich Gorbatov is a tentative suggestion for third in the hope he can bounce back to form over this longer trip.

Soul Season - 15:15 Punchestown

SOUL SEASON stands out here on recent form with two wins and a second from his last three starts at Wexford, and he can win again even at the age of 11. Oakfield Rose looks his most serious danger, having won on his handicap debut at Thurles last month, and can do better if ridden nearer to the early pace than at Limerick last time, leaving the fairly-handicapped Fly Round The Bend as a tentative suggestion for the minor placing.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Punchestown)

Win back Surrogate Lad in the 13:05 Punchestown
Win back Killultagh Vic in the 13:40 Punchestown
Win back Soul Season in the 15:15 Punchestown

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