Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday, January 20

There is good-quality action at Ascot and Haydock on Saturday
There is good-quality action at Ascot and Haydock on Saturday

Timeform pick out bets from Ascot and Haydock on Saturday...

"He benefited from the step up in trip that day and this is sure to be a stern test in the conditions..."

Waterlord - 14:05 Haydock

Waterlord has been deeply impressive the last twice and he is fancied to complete a hat-trick up in grade. The ground is going to be very testing at Haydock, but that should bother Waterlord, who has won easily in similar ground the last twice, and this potentially smart novice has more to offer. Lostintranslation and First Flow are both exciting prospects in their own right and have to be respected, too.

Acting Lass - 15:00 Ascot

Acting Lass has made a very promising start over fences, winning both of his starts to date, but he remains with significant potential, and is worth following in the short term. There was even more to like about his defeat of a slightly better-quality trio at Leicester last time than he'd seen off at Market Rasen 7 weeks earlier, conceding weight to all following a 6 lb rise yet always having things under control. A subsequent 2 lb rise very much underestimates him and he's a confident selection to get the better of Shantou Flyer and Guitar Pete.

Apollo Creed - 16:15 Haydock

The Ffos Las novice Apollo Creed won in November isn't particularly strong form, but he is very much unexposed as a stayer and is appealing at the foot of the weights on handicap debut. He benefited from the step up in trip that day and this is sure to be a stern test in the conditions, so is fancied to follow up. Bruichladdich also remains with potential, while an on-song Shelford will make them all go.

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