Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sammy Black to come good

Plenty of quality action taking place at both Fairyhouse and Cork this Easter Sunday, and our Irish team have provided us with three win selections.

"The handicapper looks to have given Sammy Black a real chance from this mark"

Sammy Black has been knocking on the door pretty loudly of late and is taken to deservedly get off the mark in the handicap hurdle at 15:55. He showed improved form when placed in a pair of Leopardstown handicaps prior to chasing home a good prospect back in maiden company at Punchestown (2m) last month. The handicapper looks to have given him a real chance from this mark and he can take advantage.

The Imperial Call Chase at Cork should should boil down to a straight fight between Roi du Mee and Call The Police, and preference is for the former who is at the top of his game at present. Gordon Elliott's runner has developed into a very smart chaser this term, landing his fifth victory of the season when taking the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on his latest start, jumping well and digging deep under pressure to hold Prince de Beauchene. This looks a pretty good opportunity to make it six wins for the season.

Mikael d´Haguenet and Mount Benbulben are both very talented, but neither have fully convinced with their jumping over fences. Consequently, they come with risks attached in the Powers Gold Cup and it could pay to side with Dedigout, who looked rejuvenated when fairly hacking up in a Grade 3 at Naas last time. That performance suggested he may yet reach the heights expected of him as a chaser and he should be ideally suited by today's conditions.

Recommended bets

Back Sammy Black in the 15:55 at Fairyhouse
Back Roi Du Mee in the 16:15 at Cork
Back Dedigout in the 16:30 at Fairyhouse

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