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Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday, January 4

Timeform pick out three bets on the all-weather on Wednesday
Timeform pick out three bets on the all-weather on Wednesday
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Timeform pick out bets from Newcastle, Wolverhampton and Chelmsford on Thursday.

"Her previous two wins came at this track and provided they go hard enough she should go very close to landing a double."

Poppy In The Wind - 16:55 Newcastle

Poppy In The Wind is up 3 lb for winning at Wolverhampton last time and that could prove worklable given that she was value for more than the winning margin (came from a long way back). Her previous two wins came at this track and provided they go hard enough she should go very close to landing a double. Liquid seems to save a bit for himself when push comes to shove but is still expected to figure, while Pearl Acclaim arrives on the back of a fine spell at Southwell.

Acker Bilk - 17:35 Wolverhampton

Widnes ran well when second at Lingfield last time but he remains a long-standing maiden, and the vote therefore goes to the less-exposed Acker Bilk, who has improved with each of his runs to date, including on his handicap debut on this surface at Newcastle last time. The form of that race is already working out (second won next start), and he is worth chancing here despite his wide draw (likely to be dropped out anyway).

Exchequer - 20:15 Chelmsford

The vote goes to Exchequer has only had a couple of starts for David O'Meara and was unlucky not to finish closer when third at Wolverhampton last month (met trouble final furlong). He's won off 5 lb higher than this in the past and should go close. Lucymai has been hit hard by the handicapper following her clear-cut C&D victory in November, but that form has been franked since and she's a live danger. The Commendatore and Toy Theatre can do battle for minor honours.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win back Poppy In The Wind in the 16:55 at Newcastle
Win back Acker Bilk in the 17:35 at Wolverhampton
Win back Exchequer in the 20:15 at Chelmsford


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