Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday 25 May

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"...the form looks solid enough, and a subsequent 4 lb rise could well underestimate him..."

Timeform on Oasis Prince

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Oasis Prince - 14:50 Haydock

Another strong-looking renewal of this prestigious handicap and Oasis Prince can give Mark Johnston another win. He looked a pattern-class performer in the making when scoring on his handicap debut over C&D in gutsy fashion recently, and he is physically the type that will go on improving for a while yet. The first two pulled away from the third, and the form looks solid enough, and a subsequent 4 lb rise could well underestimate him. Awe comes next on the shortlist after his fine return at Ascot behind a smart prospect earlier this month, while Masaru and Munhamek are also key players.

Lay
Signora Cabello - 16:35 Haydock

Signora Cabello achieved plenty as a two-year-old, but she's a compact filly, and her family have a history of not training on, so there's no guarantee she will better her form this season. This is something that her reappearance run at Ascot backs up, incredibly easy to back and not really making an impact despite finishing fourth and beaten less than five lengths. This looks an easier task down in grade and back against her own sex, but she's likely to be favourite and with that in mind is worth taking on. Island of Life has proved most progressive on the all-weather and is one to take her on with having caught the eye in the All-Weather Fillies' and Mares' Championships at Lingfield last time, finishing strongly after being shuffled back early.

Smart Stat
Sir Ron Priestley - 17:10 Haydock

2 - Mark Johnston's number of winners in past 6 runnings

Mark Johnston has a good record in this race and in the shape of Sir Ron Priestley, he has very strong claims on enhancing it. The lightly-raced three-year-old showed much improved form to get off the mark on his reappearance at Ripon last time, making all to win in decisive fashion. That wasn't the strongest race, but the handicapper has perhaps taken a chance with his opening mark, and Sir Ron Priestley is a confident selection in another small-field event he can dominate.

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