Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday December 31

There is jumps racing from Punchestown on Saturday
There is jumps racing from Punchestown on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Punchestown on Saturday.

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Dakota Moirette - Punchestown 13:55

Dakota Moirette failed to meet market expectations when 12-lengths second on his most recent outing at Fairyhouse, finding less than looked likely when hitting the front at the third-last and ultimately no match for the impressive winner. Nevertheless, that still represented the best effort of his career to date and - open to more improvement after just three starts over hurdles - Dakota Moirette is expected to see off the attentions of the newcomer A Year To Remember and can open his account over hurdles at the fourth time of asking.

Mill Quest - Punchestown 14:30

Mill Quest landed a significant gamble when winning at Cork in August and shaped as if still in good form when stumbling and unseating her rider at Navan the following month. Indeed, she was still travelling well on the front end when departing two-out on that occasion and, having shaped as if still a fair way ahead of her mark, Mill Quest is expected to be thereabouts if fit from a break and can regain the winning thread. The Mulcare Rover was a good winner of his most recent outing at Limerick in May and looks the main danger.

Like A Demon - Punchestown 15:05

Like A Demon fared better than the bare result when second on his most recent outing at Clonmel, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal in a steadily-run race and ultimately doing extremely well to get within three-quarters of a length of the better-placed winner. That form gives him the edge over Wee Tiger on Timeform ratings here and - likely to improve with that first outing for 11 months under his belt - Like A Demon is fancied to confirm the promise of that latest outing and can defy a 2 lb rise in the weights.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Punchestown)

Win back Dakota Moirette in the 13:55
Win back Mill Quest in the 14:30
Win back Like A Demon in the 15:05

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