Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday February 5

There is racing from Punchestown on Sunday
There is racing from Punchestown on Sunday

Timeform pick out three bets from Punchestown on Sunday.


The Crafty Butcher - 14:00 Punchestown

The Crafty Butcher has been revitalised by the switch to Willie Mullins and has put in two solid placed efforts over both hurdles and fences on his two starts for the yard. He was doing his best work late on at Leopardstown over Christmas after being slightly stopped in his run after two out, and looks up to winning something from this sort of mark.

Colour Squadron - 14:30 Punchestown

Colour Squadron wouldn't be the first tricky customer to be turned around by the switch to Enda Bolger yard, and he seemed to show more resolution when winning a maiden at Killarney on his penultimate start under Rules. He shaped like a non-stayer in the Kerry National when last seen, but this is unlikely to be as much of a test of stamina, and he is an interesting runner here.

Roi Des Francs - 16:00 Punchestown

Roi Des Francs has been dropped a few lbs in the weights following his first run in a handicap over fences in the Thyestes last time, and his form in listed events prior to that gives him a chance here. He is expected to be more competitive now in a lesser race. Bonny Kate's consistency is hard to knock and she should run well again.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Punchestown)

Win back The Crafty Butcher in the 14:00
Win back Colour Squadron in the 14:30
Win back Roi Des Francs in the 16:00


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