Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Trading Leather tough to oppose

Dermot Weld trains one of today's selections

Big fields are the order of the day at Gowran this afternoon, but our our Irish Team have managed to whittle it down to another three win selections.

"Trading Leather looked a sure-fire maiden winner when chasing home Aidan O'Brien's potential Derby candidate at Leopardstown and will be making his mark at a higher level than this sooner rather than later".

Defence of Duress sets the standard in the opening maiden, but was worried out of the race last time and has stamina to prove up in trip. Therefore, the vote goes to Tasitiocht (14:15), who looked a useful prospect in bumpers, successful at Kilbeggan/Cork in the style of a potentially classy mare earlier in summer, and she lost little caste in defeat when second under double penalty at Galway latest.

A Group 3 on the card looks a good renewal, with a trio of British-trained raiders declared, but the lightly-raced Caponata (15:45) is taken to keep the prize at home and make the breakthrough at pattern level. Dermot Weld's filly has improved with each run this term, advancing on the form of her Naas listed win when short-headed by Up in a Group 2 at the Curragh last time. A reproduction will make her hard to beat.

The form of Trading Leather's listed second behind Battle of Marengo is easily the best form on show in the mile maiden due off at 16:15 and Jim Bolger's well-entered colt can take this on the way to bigger and better things. By Teofilo, and half-brother to Irish 7f winner Gleadhradh, Trading Leather looked a sure-fire maiden winner when chasing home Aidan O'Brien's potential Derby candidate at Leopardstown and will be making his mark at a higher level than this sooner rather than later.

Recommended bets

Back Tasitiocht in the 14:15
Back Caponata in the 15:45
Back Trading Leather in the 16:15

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