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Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday 18 April

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"...still relatively unexposed after only five starts over hurdles, she remains potentially well treated from a BHA mark of 132..."

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Timeform pick out their three best bets from Cheltenham on Thursday...

KUPATANA - 14:40 Cheltenham

KUPATANA has often been held back by jumping errors since switching to fences, but she was much better in that department when when striking at the second time of asking for Paul Nicholls at Kelso last time, making all the running under an enterprising ride to win by 18 lengths. A BHA mark of 139 is unlikely to prove her limit on that evidence, and she's fancied to be involved at the finish once again if putting together another clear round. Little Miss Poet is open to progress now handicapping for the first time over fences and may provide the chief threat.

SUNSHADE - 15:15 Cheltenham

SUNSHADE shaped encouragingly when fifth on her return from 12 months off - during which time she'd had a breathing operation - at Newbury last time, taking a keen hold in the early stages and not given at all a hard time once her lack of fitness began to tell (left behind from two out). Nicky Henderson's charge is entitled to do better with that outing under her belt, and still relatively unexposed after only five starts over hurdles, she remains potentially well treated from a BHA mark of 132, with the fine record of her yard in this race (won three of last eight renewals) offering hope that this may have been the plan for some time.

HAVINGAGOODTIME - 16:25 Cheltenham

HAVINGAGOODTIME ran well in the face of a stiff task when fourth on her most recent outing at Naas, no match for the principals but sticking to her task gamely to be beaten only nine lengths. That form could hardly have worked out better - the winner and the third went on to fill the first two places in the Fred Winter at the Festival - and Havingagoodtime would appear to hold sound claims with nothing of that calibre in opposition here, starting out in handicaps from a lowly mark. Pilgrim Soul is another one who might have been let in lightly and can fight it out with Via Delle Volte for minor honours.

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