Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Twin Plan the one to beat at Downpatrick

Downpatrick hosts the Ulster National this afternoon

Timeform's Irish team highlight three selections from this afternoon's national hunt card at Downpatrick, which includes the Ulster National...

"Twin Plan reverts to fences this afternoon off a lenient-looking mark and looks to have been found an excellent opportunity to get off the mark in this sphere."

Rattan has been called a few names in the past, but he has looked an improved performer this term, winning a couple of minor events at Tramore and Listowel earlier in the season. It would be fair to say things haven't gone to plan since, but he shaped as back in form prior to being brought down in a valuable handicap at Leopardstown and he met trouble in running when down the field at Cheltenham last time. This afternoon's contest represents his easiest assignment for a while and he is taken to regain the winning thread.

Mister Philson has yet to score under Rules, but he has won his fair share of points and has long looked the type to come into his own when granted a stiffer test of stamina in this sphere. He comes here on the back of two solid runner-up efforts, rallying well when chasing home Dusky Bob on his handicap debut at Carlisle last time. He actually races off a 5 lb lower mark this afternoon and, with the step up in trip expected to bring about improvement, he looks sure to go close. 

Twin Plan has been a bit of a revelation since joining his current yard, winning a point in January before returning to racing under Rules and landing a pair of handicap hurdles at Fairyhouse and Ayr in February and March respectively. He reverts to fences this afternoon off a lenient-looking mark and looks to have been found an excellent opportunity to get off the mark in this sphere.

Recommended Bets:
All at Downpatrick 

Back Rattan in the 16:05
Back Mister Philson in the 17:05
Back Twin Plan in the 17:35

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