Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Wednesday October 12

There is jumps racing from Punchestown on Wednesday
There is jumps racing from Punchestown on Wednesday

Timeform pick out three bets from Punchestown on Wednesday.

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Zig Zag - Punchestown 14:15

Zig Zag fared better than the bare result when third on his most recent outing at Gowran Park, appearing to hold every chance when making a mistake at the last and likely to have finished much closer than the four lengths he was beaten with a slicker jump. He still finished within a neck of runner-up Masonbrook Lady and - 9 lb clear of all bar that rival on Timeform ratings - Zig Zag is expected to reverse the placings and can open his account over hurdles at the fifth time of asking.

Bentelimar - Punchestown 14:45

Bentelimar ran as well as ever when second in the Grade 2 Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary 10 days ago, sticking to his task gamely in the closing stages and essentially no match for the smart winner on the day. He appeals as by far the most reliable proposition with Ruby Walsh in the saddle here and - 2 lb clear of all bar Hidden Cyclone on Timeform ratings - Bentelimar is fancied to prove a bit too fleet of foot for that veteran rival and can gain the victory his consistency of late deserves.

Shabra's Bertolini - Punchestown 15:55

Shabra's Bertolini shaped as if needing the run on his return from four months off the track at Ballinrobe and showed the benefit of that outing with a good third at Fairyhouse on Saturday. Indeed, that represented his best effort for some time and - 17 lb lower than when recording his last success over hurdles in February 2015 - Shabra's Bertolini is fancied to take advantage of a significant slide in the weights and can regain the winning thread with a defeat of Catcheragain.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Punchestown)

Back Zig Zag in the 14:15
Back Bentelimar in the 14:45
Back Shabra's Bertolini in the 15:55


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