Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Grange the one to beat at Leopardstown

Tony McCoy rides Grange this afternoon

The festivities continue in Ireland with some cracking racing this afternoon and Timeform's Irish team aim to continue their good run with three win selections at Leopardstown....

"...there should still be more to come from Grange with Tony McCoy on board for the first time."

Mala Beach failed to cut much ice in his first couple of runs over hurdles, but he showed much improved form on just his second start for Gordon Elliot when third of 19 to Bright New Dawn in a hot-looking maiden at Fairyhouse last time, staying on well. The form of that race is working out well and, though he failed to trouble the judge at his first attempt at today's trip, he boasts a good staying pedigree and will prove hard to beat if building on his latest effort.

The Eddie Harty-trained Grange has quickly made up into a fairly useful sort this season, winning handicaps at Tipperary in October and Punchestown in November and was arguably unlucky when runner-up at the latter track in-between those victories. He has risen sharply in the weights as a result, but he was not fully extended to beat Hop by over four lengths last time and there should still be more to come from Grange with Tony McCoy on board for the first time.

There have been a few exciting recruits to the novice chase ranks this season, none more so than Dedigout who goes for glory in the Grade 1 Topaz Novice Chase. A winner at the highest level over timber last season, Dedigout got his chasing career off to the perfect start when impressively landing the odds in a maiden at Punchestown in November. Dedigout then matched the pick of his hurdles form when chasing home Arvika Ligeonniere in a Grade One event at Fairyhouse last time. The winner franked the form in no uncertain terms earlier this week and, with the step back up to three miles sure to suit, Dedigout looks more than capable of landing what looks a very good renewal. 

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Leopardstown

Back Mala Beach in the 12:25
Back Grange in the 12.55
Back Dedigout in the 14:25

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