Timeform UK SmartPlays: Sunday, May 21

There is Flat racing from Ripon on Sunday
There is Flat racing from Ripon on Sunday

Timeform pick out three bets from Ripon on Sunday...


Alshibaa - 15:10 Ripon

William Haggas' Alshibaa was steadily progressive in maidens towards to the back end of last season, his best effort coming when third at Doncaster on his final start. He has been gelded since, and strikes as the type who will flourish in handicaps this year. An opening BHA mark of 71 looks fair, and though this looks an open three-year-old handicap on paper, Alshibaa is bred to be much better than this grade, and is taken to make a winning return. Warm Love is of a similar ilk, also having had three runs in maidens, and she remains with potential now handicapping too, while Lucy's Law brings some solid handicap form to the table.

Weekend Offender - 15:40 Ripon

Weekend Offender was progressive in handicaps last season, winning three times in all, and he laid the foundations for another favourable campaign on his reappearance at Nottingham last month. He very much caught the eye that day, travelling powerfully in the rear, but ultimately left with too much to do, nearest at the finish (the pair that beat him were prominent throughout). The handicapper has left him on the same mark and he is very much one to be interested in with that run under his belt. Miss Van Gough is another who shaped well on her return last month, dropped in from a difficult draw, but finishing with running left at the line, and she looks fairly treated at present, too.

Lamloon - 16:40 Ripon

Lamloon is improving with every start, and just bumped into another progressive sort in a 1m maiden at this course last time, but he was well on top of the remainder. He remains the type to do better still, and already sets a fairly useful standard on what he has achieved so far, so is fancied to deservedly open his account. Roger Varian's Materialist failed to land the odds at Thirsk last time, but he is obviously thought capable of better, so it would be folly to ignore him claims, while Mathix is another to consider after a promising reappearance last month.

Timeform UK SmartPlays
(All at Ripon)

Win back Alshibaa in the 15:10
Win back Weekend Offender in the 15:40
Win back Lamloon in the 16:40


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