Timeform UK SmartPlays: Monday 26 August

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There is Flat racing from Ripon on Monday

Timeform pick out their best back, lay and smart stat bets on Bank Holiday Monday...

"...this looks an excelllent opportunity for him to get back to winning ways, very much a smart sprinter in the making..."

Timeform on Platinum Star

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Alfred Richardson - 16:30 Ripon

A comfortable winner of his penultimate outing over C&D, Alfred Richardson ran at least as well in defeat when fourth at Thirsk last time, keeping on well to be beaten only two lengths after briefly encountering trouble in-running in the closing stages. That form just about gives him the edge on weight-adjusted ratings here, despite this being a stronger heat than those he usually contests, and there is no reason why he shouldn't give another good account, with the booking of Oisin Murphy - who continues to go great guns in his search for a maiden jockey's championship - offering further hope that a big run could be on the cards.

Lay
Teaser - 15:15 Cartmel

Unbeaten in two previous starts over fences, Teaser looks opposable now bidding for his hat-trick in what is a much tougher race. His two wins to date haven't come without moments of serious concern, notably jumping consistently right at Newton Abbot last time, with a few mistakes thrown in for good measure. Whether he can get away with those indiscretions against classier opposition today remains to be seen, and a 7 lb higher mark demands further improvement, in any case, with Nietzsche and last year's winner Wells de Lune both making far more appeal at the current prices.

Smart Stat
Platinum Star - 15:55 Ripon

20% - Saeed bin Suroor's strike rate with sprinter

Platinum Star was disappointing when stepped up to seven furlongs for the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last time, but he is clearly much better than that, as he showed when going down only narrowly in the July Stakes over this trip at Newmarket the time before. Dropping back to listed level this afternoon, that form comfortably sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings, and with the Saeed bin Suroor yard continuing in good heart at present (seven winners from last 22 runners), this looks an excelllent opportunity for him to get back to winning ways, very much a smart sprinter in the making.

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