Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday January 29

The Irish Champion Hurdle is the feature race from Leopardstown on Sunday
The Irish Champion Hurdle is the feature race from Leopardstown on Sunday

Timeform pick out three bets from Irish Champion Hurdle day at Leopardstown on Sunday.


Let's Dance - Leopardstown 14:00

Let's Dance completed the hat-trick when winning a Grade 3 in some style here four weeks ago, travelling strongly on the front end throughout and quickly forging clear as the field turned into the straight. That form leaves her 7 lb clear of her nearest rival on Timeform ratings here and, with the possibility of even more to come in this discipline, Let's Dance is expected to see off the attentions of Joey Sasa and can establish herself as a very smart hurdler in the making.

Identity Thief - Leopardstown 14:30

Identity Thief can be forgiven a below-par effort when pulled-up on his most recent outing here five weeks ago (found to be lame afterwards) and is better-judged on the form of his first two starts over the larger obstacles. He looked an exciting prospect when winning a Grade 2 at Punchestown in November and, while his mishap last time is an obvious concern, Identity Thief should prove extremely difficult to beat if bouncing back here and shades the vote from stablemate Some Plan.

Katnap - Leopardstown 16:00

Katnap failed to meet market expectations when eighth on his most recent outing over fences here, coming under pressure three-out and simply keeping on at the one pace to be beaten nine lengths. Nevertheless, he remains relatively lightly-raced for a 10-year-old after just 13 starts and, with the possibility of more to come on just his second outing for this yard, Katnap is preferred to the consistent Thomond and can take advantage of what looks a lenient mark over hurdles.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Leopardstown)

Win back Let's Dance in the 14:00
Win back Identity Thief in the 14:30
Win back Katnap in the 16:00


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