Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Thursday, December 28

There is racing from Limerick and Leopardstown on Thursday
There is racing from Limerick and Leopardstown on Thursday

Timeform pick out bets from Leopardstown and Limerick on Thursday...

"He's been dropped by the handicapper since and should be more competitive here..."

Isleofhopendreams - 12:50 Leopardstown

Willie Mullins has a very strong hand here but his best chance could come via Isleofhopendreams, who bolted up in a Pertemps qualifier at Punchestown last season before disappointing at the Festival under exaggerated hold-up tactics. He's been dropped by the handicapper since and should be more competitive here. Stable companion Voix Du Reve may yet prove to be the selection's biggest danger leaving Mon Lino and perhaps Jarob to fight it out over the minor places.

Montana Belle - 13:10 Limerick

The lack of a recent outing perhaps just told on Montana Belle in Grade 3 company at Cork last time, but she ran well enough in third and a similar performance would make her hard to beat here now down in grade. Stablemate Surf Instructor didn't shape at all badly on last month's chase debut at Navan, but Montana Belle may have most to fear from Balbir du Mathan and chase debutant Notwhatiam.

Ale Ambrosio - 13:50 Leopardstown

Ale Ambrosio looked well ahead of her mark when finishing second at Fairyhouse last time, coming from the rear in a steadily run race and pulling clear of the rest of the field with the winner, and she could be ready to strike on what is just her third start in a handicap. Creeping Ivy may well have got in lightly from bottom weight and a big run is eagerly anticipated while Low Sun has the most room for improvement, and won't be far away either for Willie Mullins.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:

Win back Isleofhopendreams in the 12:50 at Leopardstown
Win back Montana Belle in the 13:10 at Limerick
Win back Ale Ambrosio in the 13:50 at Leopardstown

Want to know how these tips get on? You can find today's horse racing results on the Timeform website.

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