Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday, March 24

The Flat season kicks off at Doncaster on Saturday
The Flat season kicks off at Doncaster on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Doncaster and Newbury on Saturday, including a big-priced fancy in the Lincoln Handicap...

"...with the prospect of a strong pace and cut in the ground, he makes plenty of appeal at a nice price..."

Falcon Sun - 14:40 Newbury

Falcon Sun wasn't seen to best effect when finishing fourth to the reopposing Mister Chow at Warwick last time, the emphasis on speed that day not playing to his strengths. The extra two furlongs here will be in his favour on this galloping track, and the handicapper may have taken a chance letting him in off a mark of 117. He is fully expected to reverse the form with Mister Chow here.

Zabeel Prince - 15:00 Doncaster

Lightly-raced five-year-olds Zabeel Prince and Tabarrak are expected to come to the fore. The latter signed off last term by landing a competitive Newbury event and isn't passed over lightly, despite carrying a penalty. However, preference is for Zabeel Prince, who looked most progressive in 2017 and it's easy to forgive his below-par display at Ascot when last seen in October and he is the type to go on to even better things this season.

Mitchum Swagger - 15:35 Doncaster

The Lincoln meeting represents the first day of the Flat season and is a notoriously competitive handicap to win. As is becoming the norm with these top-end handicaps nowadays, it is fairly compressed - only 12 lb separating the top and bottom weight - and there are plenty of interesting runners. However, the pin lands on Mitchum Swagger, who has the ability to win a race of this nature if putting his best foot forward - something which isn't always the case, mind. But, he starts out for a new yard here, and a change of scenery could perk him up, so with the prospect of a strong pace and cut in the ground, he makes plenty of appeal at a nice price.

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