Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday, May 25

There is high-class Flat racing from Sandown on Thursday evening
There is high-class Flat racing from Sandown on Thursday evening

Timeform pick out three bets from Sandown and Warwick on Thursday...


Midnight Cowboy - Warwick 15:20

Midnight Cowboy appeared to have plenty in hand when resuming winning ways at Kempton 10 days ago, travelling strongly into the lead four-out and likely to have won by even further but for losing concentrating in the closing stages. He remains open to more improvement after just two starts over fences and can defy a penalty if keeping his attitude in check here, with Red Hanrahan feared most if building on the promise of his second at Fontwell last time.

Silver Ghost - Sandown 18:00

Silver Ghost is relatively lightly-raced for a four-year-old and shaped well when fourth on his yard debut at Lingfield three weeks ago. He should find conditions no problem now switched to turf and shades the vote for the Eve Johnson Houghton yard that could hardly be in better form at present (five winners from last 18 runners). Ghinia has now dropped to a mark 6 lb lower than when winning at Windsor in October 2015 and can give the selection most to do.

Zainhom - Sandown 20:10

Zainhom progressed with each and every start as a two-year-old and offered plenty of encouragement when third behind subsequent 2000 Guineas runner-up Barney Roy in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury last month. He looks the type to do better still this year and should prove extremely difficult to beat in this listed prize, with the return to this longer trip expected to suit. Escobar remains with potential after just three starts and looks the main danger.

Timeform UK SmartPlays

Win back Midnight Cowboy in the 15:20 at Warwick
Win back Silver Ghost in the 18:00 at Sandown
Win back Zainhom in the 20:10 at Sandown


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