Horse Racing Tips

Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday 1 August

Horses Running
There is flat racing from Goodwood and Ffos Las and jump racing from Stratford on Thursday

"With the drop back to a mile and a quarter and ideal ground, a big run looks on the cards and she can prove to be a group performer at this trip."

Timeform on Maqsad

Timeform pick out their best back, lay and smart stat bets on Thursday...

Maqsad - 15:35 Goodwood

MAQSAD returned as a three-year-old in fine style at Newmarket in April when taking a minor event before handling a step up to listed company with ease when taking the Pretty Polly Stakes easily by five lengths. The appeal of the Oaks was too strong for connections that day and despite tanking into contention and travelling the best of anything, her stamina ultimately stopped her challenge. With the drop back to a mile and a quarter and ideal ground, a big run looks on the cards and she can prove to be a group performer at this trip.

Yccs Portocervo - 13:30 Stratford

YCCS PORTOCERVO beat the re-opposing Emerald Rocket at the start of June off level weights and the former ended up in front. However, he must now shoulder a penalty for that success and off 5 lb better terms, more if you include the jockey claim today, Emerald Rocket is fancied to turn the tables. They are both upped in trip here and Emerald Rocket has shaped as if this extra yardage will be more in his favour than Yccs Portocervo has before and he can give a beating to the likely favourite.

Perfect Charm - 20:45 Ffos Las

23% - Archie Watson's strike rate with sprinters

Archie Watson has plenty of success with sprinters and he can continue that here with the penalised PERFECT CHARM . A combination of the switch to handicap company, a drop to five furlongs and headgear all worked for perfect charm to make light work her opening mark of 60. She pulled one and a half lengths clear of the second and with a further three and a quarter back to the third on Monday, 6 lbs looks workable and she can turn out again quickly to register a second handicap success and improve her trainers strike rate with sprinters.

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