Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Tuesday, December 26

There is jumps racing from Leopardstown on Tuesday
There is jumps racing from Leopardstown on Tuesday

Timeform pick out bets from Leopardstown and Down Royal on Boxing Day.

"He shaped with plenty of promise and is likely to improve from that..."

Manamite - 12:15 Leopardstown

Manamite didn't come cheap at €215,000 (unbeaten both starts on the Flat in France) and he showed a little of why connections went to that sort of money for him when finishing second at Cork on his Rules debut in November. Though failing to justify odds-on favouritism, he shaped with plenty of promise and is likely to improve from that, so gets the nod at the prices over Debuchet, who was runner-up in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March and is a good prospect in this sphere.

Slemish - 12:40 Down Royal

Slemish has only had two starts in handicaps and looks interesting now dropped in grade following a good fourth at Gowran Park last month, particularly given the booking of Jamie Codd. Honest Robber will be cherry-ripe now and could be the one to chase the selection home, while Dorkas and perhaps the hard-to-assess Bard of Armagh can fight it out for the minor placings.

Blast of Koeman - 14:55 Leopardstown

Competitive stuff but thanks to some slightly unfashionable connections Blast of Koeman looks overpriced here, having confirmed the promise of his chasing debut when decisively scoring at Fairyhouse last month. He has the tools to make up into a useful chaser and looks to have been let in lightly by the handicapper based on that last run. Landofhopeandglory, Minella Till Dawn and Just Get Cracking head the list of dangers.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:

Win back Manamite in the 12:15 Leopardstown
Win back Slemish in the 12:40 Down Royal
Win back Blast of Koeman in the 14:55 Leopardstown

Want to know how these tips get on? You can find today's horse racing results on the Timeform website.

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