Timeform UK SmartPlays: Monday 18 February

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"...he is 2 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings and should be suited by the step back up in trip..."

Timeform on Arthur's Gift

Vis A Vis - 14:00 Carlisle

French-import VIS A VIS quickly made up into a useful stayer on the Flat for these connections last year (good fourth in the Cesarewitch) and could have a bright future in this sphere. Indeed, assuming he takes to hurdles at the first attempt, he'll take some stopping with champion jockey Richard Johnson in the saddle. Hill Sixteen should pick up a race before long and is next on the list ahead of the penalised Champagne Court and Irish-raider The Big Galloper.

Arthur's Gift - 16:05 Carlisle

Arthur's Gift matched the pick of his hurdling form straight away when fourth on his chasing debut at Aintree in October, and that form could hardly have worked out better, with five of the nine who opposed him that day winning on their next start. He was not so fortunate at Exeter last time, but there was a viable excuse for his below-par effort on that occasion (badly hampered on the home turn), and it would be no surprise to see a more prominent showing from him here; he is 2 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings and should be suited by the step back up in trip.

Dorking Cock - 16:40 Carlisle

Dorking Cock was impressive when winning by six lengths at Sandown on Friday, and given he escapes a penalty for that, his follow-up claims are fairly obvious, 7 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings with the possibility of another jump forward. Larch Hill also tasted success last time and is one to view positively, with Monfass the pick of those at longer odds.

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