Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday 31 May

John Gosden
More Oaks glory for John Gosden on Friday?

Timeform pick out their best back, lay and smart stat bets on Friday...

"...has improved in leaps and bounds, running out an emphatic winner in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield despite not looking the finished article..."

Timeform on Anapurna

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GREENSIDE - 14:35 Epsom

A competitive handicap on Timeform ratings, but GREENSIDE got back on the scoreboard in ready fashion at Windsor earlier this month and still looks on a decent mark (won off this perch in 2017). He gets the nod ahead of History Writer, Seniority and Masham Star who head the list of dangers.

Lay
KEW GARDENS - 15:10 Epsom

Lah Ti Dar couldn't live with KEW GARDENS in the closing stages of the St Leger last term, but she was still inexperienced in comparison at that point and arguably has more tactical speed than that opponent, so she has a big chance to turn the tables now renewing the rivalry over a shorter trip following a winning return at York. Old Persian is another obvious player if replicating his Dubai form, so, despite Aidan O'Brien dominating this race over the years, his Kew Gardens looks one to take on.

Smart Stat
ANAPURNA - 16:30 Epsom

2 - John Gosden's number of winners in the past 5 runnings

ANAPURNA has improved in leaps and bounds, running out an emphatic winner in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield despite not looking the finished article, and shades the vote over stablemate Mehdaayih, who showed an excellent turn of foot when taking the Cheshire Oaks. Maqsad is arguably the form pick on the back of her impressive win in the Pretty Polly at Newmarket and rates a big threat.

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