Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday February 18

There is jumps racing from Gowran on Saturday
There is jumps racing from Gowran on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Gowran on Saturday.

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The Gatechecker - Gowran 14:30

The J. P. McManus-owned The Gatechecker justified his strength in the market when making it second time lucky in handicaps at Naas recently, looking more superior than the winning margin suggests, and he gets the nod to follow up now he's off the mark in this sphere. His jumping hadn't cut the mustard over fences previously, but it was better last time and he should have more to offer after 11 starts.

Dandy Mag - Gowran 15:40

Dandy Mag found one too good in each of his two starts in bumpers in France, but as a half-brother to Vroum Vroum Mag he is of significant interest on his first start for Willie Mullins and switched to hurdling. He also shares his sire - Special Kaldoun - with Bleu Berry, who won a big-field maiden hurdle earlier this month on his first completed start for Mullins after coming from France.

Nowwhatiam - Gowran 16:15

Nowwhatiam left his previous efforts behind when comfortably winning on his handicap bow over C&D last time and can defy a 10 lb higher mark. That wasn't his first success, as he'd won a maiden hurdle at Limerick last March, but there's no doubt it was a big step forward in form terms. Provided he doesn't overdo things in front, Nowwhatiam must have strong claims of following up.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Gowran)

Win back The Gatechecker in the 14:30
Win back Dandy Mag in the 15:40
Win back Nowwhatiam in the 16:15

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