Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday, May 27

There is Flat racing from Goodwood and York on Saturday
There is Flat racing from Goodwood and York on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Goodwood and York on Saturday...


Abdon - 14:00 Goodwood

Abdon proved himself smart when winning a 1¼m handicap at Haydock in August and he made an encouraging return at Newmarket last month. He got a little warm beforehand that day, and ultimately shaped as though he was in need of the run, though not yet fully exposed, it's hard to think this tall colt hasn't got more to offer, and this looks a good opportunity for him to resume winning ways on his way to even better things. Spark Plug finished just in front of him at Newmarket last time and he again looks the principal danger.

Frontiersman - 14:40 York

Frontiersman looked every inch the proverbial pattern-class performer masquerading as a handicapper when winning at Newmarket earlier this month, justifying strong support in the process. The impressive turn of foot he showed that day is still fresh in the memory, and this beautifully-bred four-year-old is fancied to win this before moving back up in class (entered in the Hardwicke and Coral-Eclipse). Dal Harraild has to shoulder a 3 lb penalty, but he's expected to strip much fitter for his reappearance last month, and will no doubt prove a big danger.

Desert Encounter - 15:45 Goodwood

Desert Encounter did nothing but progress last season, and he has even more to offer this year judged on his winning reappearance at Ascot earlier this month, recording his first win at listed level. The manner in which he overcame unfavourable circumstances was impressive, quickening to lead over a furlong out and readily drawing clear. He looks ready for a higher grade, so he has to be strongly fancied kept to this level for the time being, and he is taken to record another win despite a 3 lb penalty. Second Step will be a big danger if back to his best though, having shaped well on his debut for Roger Charlton last time.

Timeform UK SmartPlays

Win back Abdon in the 14:00 Goodwood
Win back Frontiersman in the 14:40 York
Win back Desert Encounter in the 15:45 Goodwood


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