Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday April 27

There is more Grade 1 action on Thursday from Punchestown
There is more Grade 1 action on Thursday from Punchestown

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Punchestown on Thursday.


Nichols Canyon - 17:30 Punchestown

Nichols Canyon had two of the other principals in this race behind him when winning the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last time and, with that being just his second start over three miles, he could have even more to offer yet. Now an eight-time Grade 1 winner, who is unbeaten at Punchestown in all three of his starts, he looks the one to be with. Unowhatimeanharry wasn't right at the top of his game at Cheltenham and could get closer to the selection here.

Showem Silver - 18:05 Punchestown

Presenting Percy made a mockery of his handicap mark at the Cheltenham Festival and Showem Silver did the same in the same colours at Fairyhouse last time on his handicap debut. He is up 12 lb in the weights following that win and is now in a much deeper race, but given his profile and the marked improvement he showed last time, he should still be very competitive, and can land a double. Minella Awards is another unexposed type worth keeping a close eye on in what looks a hot race.

Great Field - 18:40 Punchestown

Great Field has been lightly campaigned this season and has won all three of his chasing starts to date. That'd not to say he hasn't got strong form, however, with the 32-length beating he gave to Hurricane Ben in a listed novices' hurdle at Thurles last time looking even better when the second bolted up in a handicap at Fairyhouse next time out. He remains open to further improvement and is well worth a go at this level based on the strides he has been making so far. Ballyoisin and Ball D'arc can fare best of the others.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Punchestown)

Win back Nichols Canyon in the 17:30
Win back Showem Silver in the 18:05
Win back Great Field in the 18:40


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