Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday, July 13

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"...he looks a young sprinter to keep on side at present..."

Timeform on How Far

Maid Up - 16:00 Ascot

Three-year-olds often have the upper hand when tackling their elders at this time of year and Maid Up looks to hold solid claims here. She is firmly on the progressive path now, making light of a 7 lb rise when winning at Goodwood last month, easily getting to the front over two furlongs out and just doing what she needed to prevail by half a length. The feeling is she hasn't reached her limit yet and is expected to complete a hat-trick. Fellow three-year-old Phantasmic looks the biggest danger.

How Far - 16:35 Ascot

How Far is improving with each run, making light of his opening mark at Nottingham last month, and he looks a young sprinter to keep on side at present. That was his first encounter with his elders, but there was an air of authority about his victory, going well when produced to lead soon after halfway, and pressed on in the final furlong, ultimately well on top at the finish. A subsequent 6 lb rise may well underestimate him and he is expected to win again. Only Spoofing is another who is heading in the right direction and should go well again, while fellow northern raider Normandy Barriere has a solid record here and is back on a winning mark.

Simpson - 17:10 Ascot

A tight three-year-old contest where you can make a case for several, but Simpson has contested some top-end handicaps of late and might be worth chancing with his sights lowered slightly. The thriving Hateya and John Gosden's Ode To Autumn rate a couple of obvious threats, while Kitaabaat faded on his Newmarket reappearance but retains plenty of potential back from a short break.

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