The Timeform Irish team highlight another three win selections from this afternoon's meetings at Leopardstown and Limerick....
"...Glens Melody is open to improvement in this sphere."
The maiden chase at Leopardstown looks a warm little affair and, while The Real Article is sure to have his supporters, he may struggle to overcome Lord Windermere. The Jim Culloty-trained gelding won three of his five completed starts over hurdles last season and has shown useful form when runner-up on both starts over fences, finishing well clear of the rest when chasing home Mikael d'Haguenet at Punchestown last time. That form sets a clear standard and Lord Windermere will prove hard to beat if reproducing that effort this afternoon.
Ballinahow Lady is probably better known for her chasing exploits nowadays, but she was a fairly useful hurdler in her own right and appears to hold leading claims over hurdles this afternoon. She has largely held her form well over fences this season, scoring at Wexford in October and producing a cracking effort when second to Sole Witness in 15-runner handicap at Navan last time. She races off the same mark reverting to timber and a bold bid is expected.
It has not been the best of weeks for the Willie Mullins team, with some high profile inmates tasting defeat, but Glens Melody looks sure to bring a smile to the Closutton maestro's face in the Grade 3 mares event at Leopardstown. A useful bumper performer who scored on all three of her starts in that sphere, Glens Melody has taken well to hurdling this term. She kicked off her campaign by chasing home the highly-regarded Minsk at Punchestown before easily landing a mares' maiden at Clonmel and, while this is by no means a walk-over, Glens Melody is open to improvement in this sphere.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
Back Lord Windermere in the 13:30 Leopardstown
Back Ballinahow Lady in the 14:15 at Limerick
Back Glens Melody in the 14:35 at Leopardstown
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