Timeform pick out their best back, lay and smart stat bets on Saturday...
"...landed the plum stall against the rail at a speed-favouring track so everything looks in place for a bold bid..."
Timeform on Spirit of May
Spirit of May- 16:55 Chester
Having made a successful reappearance on the all-weather in April, Spirit of May upped his game further when runner-up in a strong race for the grade at Salisbury next time. It's easy to mark up his third-place finish at Windsor three week ago given he contributed to a good gallop and fared best of the pacesetters. Roger Teal's charge has landed the plum stall against the rail at a speed-favouring track so everything looks in place for a bold bid (weighted to reverse form with Baby Steps).
Escobar probably went into a few notebooks last week given he found only an unexposed William Haggas-trained improver too strong at Sandown, a performance all the more meritorious when you consider the blindfold employed at the start was removed a fraction late. A deeper delve into that race reveals that the majority of the field finished in somewhat of a heap behind the reappearing scorer and Escobar is hardly a winning machine, albeit he is a regular in high-end handicaps. There's enough juice in his price to make him an attractive lay at the head of the betting, with Rise Hall an opponent you certainly want on your side.
King's Command - 14:55 Newmarket
2 - Charlie Appleby's number of winners in past 10 runnings
Charlie Appleby has a good record in this race and his representative this year, King's Command, is bidding to emmulate his stablemate Quorto, who followed an identical path to winning this race 12 months ago. King's Command looked a good prospect when winning a minor even over 6f here last time, seeming to have it all to do a furlong out, but really finding his stride in the closing stages and just doing enough to prevail. There should be any amount of improvement in him now, and he is expected to take this step up in class in his stride.