Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Mala Beach to get his day in the sun

Leopardstown hosts a cracking national hunt card this afternoon

Timeform's Irish team highlight three win selections aiming to make amends on a cracking card at Leopardstown this afternoon....

"Mala Beach looks sure to be thereabouts if avoiding a similar mishap and there should still be plenty more to come."

Fatcatinthehat has been unlucky not to win on both starts in juvenile maiden hurdles, conceding first run when runner-up to Crouching Harry at Clonmel on his debut in this sphere and around 9 lengths clear and in full control when at the falling last at Punchestown last time. He had jumped soundly prior to his mishap last time and he looks worth supporting to make amends this afternoon.

Carlingford Lough won four of his six starts over hurdles, showing a useful level of form in the process. He has yet to match that level in a handful of starts over fences, including on his handicap debut in this sphere last time. However, Carlingford Lough was strong in the betting that day and, given he is potentially thrown in here judged on his hurdling form, he looks well worth another chance.

Mala Beach didn't set the world alight last term, but he has obviously improved for the switch to Gordon Elliot's yard, running to a fairly useful level on just his second start for the yard when third to Bright New Dawn in a hot-looking maiden at Fairyhouse in December. He was fancied to run well over this course and distance last time and looked a big threat to the eventual winner Talbot Road when badly hampered and unseating around the home turn. Mala Beach looks sure to be thereabouts if avoiding a similar mishap and there should still be plenty more to come. 

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Leopardstown

Back Fatcatinthehat in the 13.10
Back Carlingford Lough in the 14:45
Back Mala Beach in the 15:50

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