Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday, January 25

There is all-weather racing at Southwell on Thursday
There is all-weather racing at Southwell on Thursday

Timeform pick out three bets from Southwell on Thursday...

"Should prove hard to beat if in the same form turned out under a penalty..."

Leonard Thomas - 13:05 Southwell

Leonard Thomas came to fibresand quite late in life, but he handled it well on his debut over 11f here last week, and shaped encouragingly too boot. He dwelt and travelled well towards the rear, making headway until short of room entering the straight, but stayed on eye-catchingly in the final furlong, only beaten a head. Leonard Thomas hasn't been with this yard that long and is handicapped to strike. Nanny Makfi should be very competitive at this level, while Buthelezi is too well weighted to ignore at present.

Something Lucky - 14:10 Southwell

Something Lucky was initially expensive to follow upon joining Mick Appleby, but he's really come good of late and the hat-trick is very much on the cards. He is in the form of his life at present, winning with more in hand than the one-length margin suggests over this C&D last week, and should prove hard to beat if in the same form turned out under a penalty. Pearl Acclaim is also thriving, winning a higher-grade C&D handicap 11 days ago, so he is the main threat.

Helen Sherbet - 15:20 Southwell

Helen Sherbet is building a good record round here, but showed improved form to land her second win at this course over seven furlongs earlier this month, and she looks the one to beat again. Everything seemed to come a bit easier to her over the longest trip she's encountered to date, and this even longer trip looks well within range. A subsequent 8 lb rise may not be enough to stop the follow up. Couldn't Could She and Mr Carbonator also struck last time and can make their presence felt again.


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