Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday, May 26

There is Flat racing from Haydock on Saturday
There is Flat racing from Haydock on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Haydock on Saturday...

"...considering that he's likely to make another very bold bid from the front here, he's very difficult to oppose."

Timeform on Lucky Deal

Sands of Mali - 15:25 Haydock

The Sandy Lane has thrived since being promoted from a listed race to a Group 2 contest back in 2015, producing an impressive alumni already. This year's renewal is a competitive one, and Sands of Mali looks the best option. He was a smart performer as a two-year-old, running out an impressive winner of the Gimcrack Stakes at York, and produced a fine performance on reappearance to give weight all round in Group 3 company at Chantilly last month. He could yet develop into a top-class sprinter, and gets the vote. Several have claims, though, including Invincible Army, who won a Group 3 contest himself on reappearance, and last year's Richmond-winner Barraquero.

Battaash - 16:00 Haydock

Another hot renewal of the Temple Stakes, in which it's impossible to oppose Battaash. Currently Timeform's joint-highest rated European horse in training alongside Cracksman, Battaash quickly turned into one of the best five furlong performers of recent years last term, signing off by winning the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly easily. He's carrying a 5 lb penalty today, but remains the one they all have to beat. Kachy's winter campaign on the All-Weather has rejuvenated him, romping to success at Chester last time, and he's the biggest threat in what should be a frenetic race, ahead of Muthmir, who will be hoping to swoop late.

Lucky Deal - 17:45 Haydock

Lucky Deal is proving to be a really likable sort, and a typical straightforward, strong character for his yard. He was narrowly denied by a similarly progressive sort last time at Thirsk when trying to give away a 6 lb penalty, and considering that he's likely to make another very bold bid from the front here, he's very difficult to oppose. Deyaarna signed off last term with two back-to-back wins on the All-Weather, and is the biggest threat to the selection.

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