Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Sunday May 8

There is high-class Flat racing from Leopardstown on Sunday
There is high-class Flat racing from Leopardstown on Sunday

Timeform pick out three bets from the card at Leopardstown on Sunday.


"He remains open to more improvement as a full brother to the dual Group 1 winner Highland Reel..."

Custom Cut - Leopardstown 14:25

Custom Cut has been a terrific servant to the David O'Meara yard in recent years and added a brace of Group 2's (including the Boomerang Stakes over the C&D in September) to his impressive career tally in 2015. He improved from his first outing of the season to take fourth in a Group 3 at Newmarket last time, attempting to give 5 lb to the three that beat him and shaping as if the run would bring him on again. He has to concede weight to all of his rivals again here, but this looks a much weaker race on paper and - 3 lb clear of his rivals on Timeform ratings - Custom Cut is fancied to get the better of Cougar Mountain for a fourth victory at this level.

Now Or Never - Leopardstown 15:00

Now Or Never showed useful form in four starts as a two-year-old - including when second against the colts in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes - and returned from seven months off the track with a good second in a Group 3 over seven furlongs here last month. Disappointing in a Group 1 on her final outing of 2015, she proved a different proposition when splitting Jet Setting and Alice Springs last time and the latter did the form no harm when occupying the same position in the 1000 Guineas seven days ago (Jet Setting ninth). A similar effort should make Now Or Never extremely tough to beat here and she can get the better of the unexposed Emergent for a first success in pattern company.

Idaho - Leopardstown 15:35

Idaho made a successful start to his career in a Curragh maiden last October and took another step forward to finish fourth behind Robin of Navan in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on his final start as a two-year-old. He wasn't given a hard time once his chance had gone on that occasion and there was plenty of promise to be taken from his second behind Harzand in the Ballysax Stakes over this C&D last time. Indeed, he remains open to more improvement as a full brother to the dual Group 1 winner Highland Reel and, while Ryan Moore takes the mount on Shogun here, Idaho rates the clear pick of the Aidan O'Brien quartet on Timeform ratings.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All at Leopardstown)

Back Custom Cut in the 14:25
Back Now Or Never in the 15:00
Back Idaho in the 15:35

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