Timeform UK SmartPlays: Monday 11 March

Horses jump hurdle
There is jumps racing from Taunton on Monday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Taunton on Monday...

"...remains open to more improvement after only four starts over hurdles and is fancied to confirm the promise of last time with a big run..."

Timeform on Oriental Flame


URTHEONETHATIWANT didn't manage to land the money on his reappearance, but he made amends at Kemton last time, travelling stronly into the race before asserting on the run-in, showing improved form in the process. Jeremy Scott's charge appears to have been let off lightly with just a 3 lb rise for that - he is 4 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings - and looks sure to mount a bold challenge in his follow-up bid. Sandy Boy looked set to play a part when departing two out on his handicap bow in December and rates an obvious threat with the longer trip likely to suit, while Princess Midnight is also shortlisted with the promise of her handicap debut fourth still fairly fresh in the memory.

ORIENTAL FLAME - 15:30 Taunton

ORIENTAL FLAME looked to have been let-in lightly ahead of her handicap debut at Huntindon last month, and she should be capable of proving as much this afternoon, having shaped well from further back than the three who beat her in that messy affair (slowly run). Beaten only three lenths after also meeting some trouble two out, that form is proving more solid than might have been expected under the circumstances - the winner followed up from 3 lb higher next time, while the second and third have both been placed again from higher marks subsequently. A narrow leader on weight-adjusted ratings here, Oriental Flame remains open to more improvement after only four starts over hurdles and is fancied to confirm the promise of last time with a big run.

SMARTY WILD - 16:30 Taunton

SMARTY WILD looks difficult to oppose here, having barely broken sweat when landing an Exeter handicap by 11 lengths last week. With no penalty to carry, he's a sizeable step ahead of the assessor and there should be more to come given his low mileage. Sparkleandshine took a step back in the right direction at Ludlow and is preferred to Here's Herbie for forecast purposes.

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