Timeform Irish SmartPlays: It's time to play with Snakes And Ladders

Gowran Park is the port of call for Irish racing fans this afternoon

Timeform's Irish team highlight three selections at Gowran Park this afternoon.....

Snakes And Ladders appeals as the type to improve markedly now upped in trip and pitched into handicap company...

Benalex Park showed a good attitude to get off the mark in a one-mile handicap at Killarney in August and he shaped better than the bare result when fifth to Stronger Than Me on his reappearance at Leopardstown, travelling well and keeping on when denied a clear run inside the final furlong. He is only 1 lb higher than his last winning mark this afternoon and, with his wide draw unlikely to inconvenience his running style, looks sure to make a bold bid.

Snakes And Ladders failed to better modest form in maidens as a juvenile, but he showed clear signs of ability and was again not unduly knocked about when sixth to Ceasaria at the Curragh on his reappearance last month. Snakes And Ladders appeals as the type to improve markedly now upped in trip and pitched into handicap company, and he looks worth supporting to take advantage of what looks a fair opening mark.

Caponata quickly made up into a smart performer last year, easily landing a course-and-distance maiden and listed event at Naas prior to being edged out in a Group 2 at the Curragh in September. She was below par when last seen, but she looks sure to make her mark at pattern level this season and, with her yard going well at present, she looks to have been found a good starting point this afternoon.

Recommended Bets:

Back Benalex Park in the 15:30
Back Snakes And Ladders in the 16:05
Back Caponata in the 16:40

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