Timeform UK SmartPlays: Wednesday July 25

Ryan Moore has live chances at Lingfield and Sandown today.

Ryan Moore has seen his lead in the Jockeys Championship eroded by a resurgent Richard Hughes over recent weeks, but the former champion looks set to strike back on Wednesday, with a trio of mounts at Lingfield and Sandown of particular interest...

Jacob Cats looks primed to follow-up a stylish C&D success in May...

Lingfield stages a pair of 1½m maidens containing several well-bred, late maturing types representing powerful yards, and although undoubtedly quirky, Sir Michael Stoute's gelding Scottish Vespers (15:40) looks set to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking. Placed on all his previous outings in similar events this year, the application of a visor here should prove beneficial for this son of Dylan Thomas, who boasts the best form on show in this race.

Half an hour later and teaming up with William Haggas, with whom he has a better than one-in-three strike rate, Moore takes the ride on the steadily progressive District Attorney (16:10) in a handicap over the same distance as the preceeding event. In receipt of weight from all seven rivals and likely to improve for the step up to this trip, headgear is tried for the first time, which may give him the edge in an otherwise tight-looking heat.

A busy day for Moore could conclude in triumph at Sandown as his final scheduled ride Jacob Cats (20:05) looks primed to follow-up a stylish C&D success in May. Having raced only at six furlongs beforehand, the increased distance that day brought about an improvement on previous efforts and, in a race where many of his rivals look thoroughly exposed, he can take another step forward here en-route to bigger things.

Timeform SmartPlays
Back Scottish Vespers @ 2.0521/20 in the 15:40 at Lingfield
Back District Attorney @ 5.79/2 in the 16:10 at Lingfield
Back Jacob Cats @ 3.259/4 in the 20:05 at Sandown

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