Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday January 22

Hidden Cyclone runs at Leopardstown this afternoon
Hidden Cyclone runs at Leopardstown this afternoon

Timeform pick out three bets from Leopardstown on Sunday.


Capital Force - 13:40 Leopardstown

Capital Force, a half-brother to the fairly useful hurdler Dallas Cowboy, has run to a similar level on both of his hurdling starts to date, shaping with plenty of encouragement when a head second of 20 at Fairyhouse on debut, before finishing a seven lengths fourth of 11 to Bacardys over two miles here last time. He did a bit too much too soon, so he will need to settle a little better up in trip here, however he remains with potential. His biggest rivals appear to be The Comediologist and the consistent Justmemyselfandi.

Stellar Notion - 14:40 Leopardstown

The returning Vukovar and The Paparrazi Kid need market checks, however Stellar Notion made a bold bid from the front in a similarly valuable handicap here last time, and is preferred to A Toi Phil, winner of a Grade 2 novice chase in November. A winner over 19f at Listowel in June, Stellar Notion should cope fine with the drop back in trip here and he can take top honours despite another 2 lb rise for his good effort in defeat last month.

Golden Spear - 15:10 Leopardstown

Heartbreak City could be a handicap snip off 124, however the Melbourne Cup runner-up had a hard race there and it remains to be seen how much that effort took out of him. Preference instead is for his stablemate Golden Spear who didn't measure up to market expectations at Ascot last month, but he still possesses scope for improvement in this sphere and this stronger pace should play to his strengths. Denis O'Regan, who won on him at Listowel last September, is back in the saddle.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Leopardstown)

Win back Capital Force in the 13:40 Leopardstown
Win back Stellar Notion in the 14:40 Leopardstown
Win back Golden Spear in the 15:10 Leopardstown


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