Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday 1 June

Sir Dragonet
Can Aidan O'Brien win another Derby at Epsom on Saturday?

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"...despite having to carry a penalty, she is strongly fancied to come out on top this time..."

Timeform on Veracious

Veracious - 14:35 Epsom

Veracious is clearly held in some regard, highly tried last season, finishing placed at the highest level in the Coronation Stakes and Nassau Stakes, respectively, on her first two starts. Admittedly, she failed to meet expectations on her return this time around when only fourth in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket, but she is entitled to have come on plenty for that and, despite having to carry a penalty, she is strongly fancied to come out on top this time.

Sir Dragonet - 16:30 Epsom

Admittedly, Sir Dragonet has done nothing wrong so far in his short career, winning both of his starts in impressive fashion, and fully deserved to be supplemented for the Derby on Monday. However, he is a relatively short price for one who is short on experience, and in the shape of Telecaster (another who was supplemented) he meets one who is improving at the same rate of knots. He also has more substance to his form, too, so is worth backing against the likely favourite Sir Dragonet.

Smart Stat
Muthmir - 15:45 Epsom

24% - William Haggas's strike rate in mid season

Muthmir is a pattern-class sprinter at his best, and is of interest now making his belated handicap debut. A consistent sort, who is very capable when fresh, he has fared well with the draw, getting a nice high berth, and on the pick of his form, he looks fairly treated. William Haggas historically has a good strike rate at this time of year and Muthmir could prove too classy for these.

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