Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday 28 February

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There's National Hunt action at Taunton on Thursday

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

"...considering he's likely to be seen to better effect as his stamina is more drawn out, he's fancied to take a step forward and win this."

Timeform on Soldier of Love

Soldier of Love - Taunton 15:10

Soldier of Love has shown only modest form in three starts over hurdles to date, but those runs served the purpose of qualifying him for a mark, and he heads into handicap company at a lowly level. His opening mark is a workable one, and considering he's likely to be seen to better effect as his stamina is more drawn out, he's fancied to take a step forward and win this. Huntingdon-winner Sammylou and Passam are a couple of others fancied to figure, in that order.

Whoshotwho - Taunton 15:45

Whoshotwho has made something of a shaky start to his chasing career, but he was in the process of running with credit when departing late on at Ludlow last month, looking sure to be placed when unseating his rider at the second last, and he looks well up to winning this race off his current mark provided he can put in a clean round of jumping. Recent Leicester scorer Hurricane Dylan rates the principal threat unless King Calvin makes a big leap forward from his chasing bow.

Red Mix - Taunton 16:20

Red Mix has caught the eye in two starts for Dr Richard Newland since switching from France, running well to finish second most recently at Ludlow 8 days ago, losing far more ground by jumping consistently to his right than by which he was beaten. Returned to a right-handed track, he's fancied to go one better here from the same mark, for all that he isn't one for maximum faith at the moment. Solid cases can also be made for Colonial Dreams and Thistle Do Nicely.

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