Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Blood Cotil to score for Mullins.

Blood Cotil runs at Leopardstown this afternoon

Most of Ireland will be celebrating St Stephen's Day this afternoon and Timeform's Irish Team have highlighted three selections that should hopefully ensure the festivities continue long into the night...

"...there should be plenty more to come from Blood Cotil."

Torn Asunder showed fairly useful form in bumpers and he shaped with plenty of encouragement when chasing home Inish Island on his hurdling bow at Downpatrick. The winner has since franked the form by running creditably in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham and Torn Asunder possibly found the race coming too soon when disappointing last time. His yard has remained in good form throughout the winter and a reproduction of his earlier effort will see him hard to beat.

Willie Mullins has an embarrassment of riches in his yard when it comes to novices and he looks to have a most exciting prospect in the shape of Blood Cotil. The ex-french gelding created an excellent impression when landing the odds in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse on his debut for the yard and, while main market rival Our Conor is a likeable sort, there should be plenty more to come from Blood Cotil.

Ponmeword is not the the most fluent of jumpers and he has yet to score in 12 attempts over fences, but he has posted some decent efforts on his last few starts, shaping better than the result when fourth to Saoirse Dun in handicap at Thurles last time. The drop back in trip looks to be a massive positive this afternoon and he looks capable of getting off the mark at the thirteenth attempt for a yard that often do well at this course.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:

Back Blood Cotil in the 13:20 at Leopardstown
Back Torn Asunder in the 14:00 at Down Royal
Back Ponmeword in the 14:10 at Limerick

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