Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Tuesday December 29

There's a top-class card at Leopardstown on Tuesday
There's a top-class card at Leopardstown on Tuesday

The Leopardstown Christmas Festival continues on Tuesday and Timeform have identified three horse worth backing.

"Squouateur had made a successful debut for the Gordon Elliott yard in a Fairyhouse maiden on his return, and he's open to further improvement after just three starts."

No More Heroes - 13:55 Leopardstown

No More Heroes looked right out of the top drawer when winning the Drinmore Novices' Chase from Monksland at Fairyhouse last time, and he can take his Grade 1 tally to two in this Neville Hotels Novices' Chase (Fort Leney) in which he's faced by the same rival and two horses who share their owner with No More Heroes. In the Drinmore at Fairyhouse, No More Heroes again jumped impeccably and produced a performance that saw him rightly leap to the head of the betting for the RSA at Cheltenham, and he will continue to prove hard to beat.

Squouateur - 15:05 Leopardstown

Unexposed handicap debutant Squouateur chased home the exciting American Tom in a novice event at Gowran last month and, with this stiffer test likely to suit, he is taken to exploit what could prove to be a lenient opening ITC mark of 120 in this novice handicap hurdle. Squouateur had made a successful debut for the Gordon Elliott yard in a Fairyhouse maiden on his return, and he's open to further improvement after just three starts.

First Figaro - 15:40 Leopardstown

It's not easy choosing between First Figaro, Lucky Pass and New To This Town, all promising types representing powerful yards, in this bumper but preference just goes to the first-named gelding who finished runner-up to Space Cadet (runs in the 12:45) and Champers On Ice on his first two starts and was well on top when landing the odds at Galway when last seen in August. Dermot Weld's charge possesses plenty of scope for improvement, perhaps more so than the other two.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays: (All at Leopardstown)

Back No More Heroes in the 13:55
Back Squouateur in the 15:05
Back First Figaro in the 15:40

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