Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday 27 September

There is Flat racing from Pontefract on Thursday

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

"...is fully expected to defy a penalty..."

Timeform on Desert Friend

Eesha's Smile - 15:15 Pontefract

Eesha's Smile has made a promising start to her career, winning both of her starts so far, defying a penalty in good style when winning a minor event over a mile at Bath last time. She had plenty left in the tank at the finish, too, and should be well suited by this stiffer track now entering nurseries. An opening mark of 81 doesn't look excessive, and with the prospect of even more to come, she is fancied to complete a hat-trick. Illusions will be suited by the step up to a mile and is feared most.

Desert Friend - 17:00 Pontefract

Stall 9 complicates matters slightly, but Desert Friend put up a dominant display on debut at Leicester 16 days ago and probably possesses enough ability to overcome it. He was well backed that day, and was in control from the outset, quickening up from the front over two furlongs out, and winning with plenty in hand, so is fully expected to defy a penalty. Tribal Commander caught the eye starting out at Bath and is second choice, with Never Do Nothing also considered.

Queens Gift - 17:35 Pontefract

Queens Gift is not far off useful already despite only having made her debut in June and she's a sprinter to be positive about from her low draw. She is yet to finish out of the first three, and her latest runner-up effort at Carlisle last time was a career best. Callum Rodriguez is building a good rapport with her and she can come out on top in a competitive affair. Show Palace and Desert Ace both caught the eye last time, while Round The Island enhanced his excellent record here when winning last week and can actually race off a lower mark now.

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