Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday 29 August

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Timeform pick out their best back, lay and smart stat bets on Thursday...

"...and there should be even more to come with James Doyle an eye-catching booking..."

Timeform on Solar Heights

Astral Girl - 17:00 Chelmsford

A weakly-contested handicap, and Hughie Morrison's lightly-raced Astral Girl is worth siding with having shown easily her best form when fourth in a Lingfield maiden last time, with the promise of more to come on her handicap debut. Petite Malle should better her previous efforts now upped in trip and appeals as second best, with C&D winner Hard Toffee a danger too if back on song after a break.

Surf Dancer - 15:00 Chelmsford

Surf Dancer is sure to be popular given the impression he made when getting off the mark at Leicester earlier this month, winning easily, and seems sure to progress further still, too. This looks a hot little contest, though, and the Charlie Appleby-trained newcomer State Crown looks above average on paper. Closely related to smart winner up to 1¼m Key Victory and half-brother to very smart 1m/9f winner Blair House, it would be no surprise if he were up to making a winning start receiving weight all round.

Smart Stat
Solar Heights - 14:00 Chelmsford

27% - James Doyle's strike rate when riding prominently (could pay to be near the pace)

Solar Heights has won two of her three starts over this C&D, and this doesn't look the strongest race of its type, so there could be more success on the cards. She confirmed the improvement of her previous win when third back here last time, conceding first run to the pair that beat her, and there should be even more to come with James Doyle an eye-catching booking.

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