Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Wednesday, December 27

There is a good-quality card at Leopardstown on Wednesday
There is a good-quality card at Leopardstown on Wednesday

Timeform pick out three bets from Leopardstown on Wednesday

"A subsequent 9 lb rise could prove very lenient and, despite the big field, he should prove a tough nut to crack..."

Mengli Khan - 13:50 Leopardstown

Mengli Khan is a much improved horse this season, progressing further as he justified short odds in the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse earlier this month, showing form only surpassed by a novice this season only by his stablemate Samcro. He has got plenty of scope for an ex-Flat performer and will continue to take all the beating. Real Steel looked a bright prospect when winnning on debut for Willie Mullins at Thurles last month, and he is feared most ahead of stablemate Sharjah.

Trainwreck - 14:25 Leopardstown

Now pitched into a handicap off a fair-looking opening mark, Trainwreck could be the answer. Indeed, the five-year-old improved again when finishing runner-up in a decent novice event at Punchestown and, with just three starts in this sphere under his belt, he should have more to offer. Baby Jake has hit the crossbar the last twice and looks a big danger, while She's A Star and Sanibel Island are others to consider.

Polidam - 15:00 Leopardstown

Polidam was gambled on when finishing down the field in a handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival on debut for this yard in April and, though he failed to justify that support, it was hard not to be impressed by the manner of his victory at Navan last time after eight months off. He settled better that day, and duly made a mockery of his handicap mark. A subsequent 9 lb rise could prove very lenient and, despite the big field, he should prove a tough nut to crack if in anywhere near the same form. Squouateur is interesting, while the once top-class Road To Riches could yet bounce back to form and challenge for the places off a handicap mark he can win from.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Leopardstown)

Win back Mengli Khan in the 13:50
Win back Trainwreck in the 14:25
Win back Polidam in the 15:00

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

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