Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday 23 August

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There is Flat racing from Chelmsford, Goodwood and York on Friday

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"...lines up in the Gimcrack and looks to have a strong chance of gaining that elusive pattern success."

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Threat - 15:00 York

THREAT lines up in the Gimcrack and looks to have a strong chance of gaining that elusive pattern success. He was impressive on debut at Newmarket before heading to Royal Ascot and finding only Arizona to good on that occasion in the Coventry. He missed Newmarket's July Stakes and went straight to the Richmond at Glorious Goodwood, where again he was touched off to finish second, this time behind Golden Horde. This Footstepsinthesand colt started a short price favourite for that contest but couldn't hold of the persistent challenge of the eventual winner. Both his conquerors went to the Morny on Sunday and with nothing in this contest jumping out as being something of that calibre, Richard Hannon's charge gets another chance and can get his head back in front.

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Cotai Again - 18:05 Goodwood

Having finished runner-up twice in minor company, COTAI AGAIN makes his handicap debut off what could be a mark on the high side, based on lively nature. He has a hood applied in the hope to make him settle down but with that a risk, it looks worth siding against him. Of the rest, Qaaddim looks to have a strong chance after being spared a hard race on his qualifying run and now applied with cheekpieces. The step up in trip also looks like suiting this 200,000Gns yearling and with Cieren Fallon taking off an extra 5 lb, he can prove the market wrong and beat the likely favourite.

SmartStat
Seniority - 19:45 Chelmsford

25% - William Haggas's strike rate at CHELMSFORD CITY since the start of the 2015 season

SENIORITY was due to run at York on Thursday but with the ground having quickened up beyond his ideal, he has been rerouted to Chelmsford for this easier contest. Having last ran at Goodwood in their Golden Mile, he shaped well and was a good fourth in his attempt to follow up his success from the previous year. That form is easily the best on offer in this contest and with his yard in excellent form, he has a strong chance of enhancing William Haggas' strong strike rate at the track.

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