Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday December 30

There is jumps racing from Haydock on Friday
There is jumps racing from Haydock on Friday

Timeform pick out three bets from three meetings on Friday.


Adalene - Newcastle 14:20 (LAY)

Adalene has finished runner-up on her last three starts, including at short prices on her last two, and the percentage call is to take her on again as she bids to get off the mark at the seventh time of asking in this maiden. Not only does Adalene drop back to 10 furlongs here, but she also has the cheekpieces she wore last time swapped for blinkers, and the combination suggests connections are becoming disappointed with her. Adalene's best effort on form was actually her fourth run, and she doesn't appear to be progressing. This doesn't look a strong race, but Adalene will likely again be a short price as a result and it wouldn't be a surprise to see her beaten.

Kerrow - Taunton 15:30

Kerrow finishined only sixth of 10 at Chepstow on his chasing debut last time, but he shaped better than the bare result and has strong claims if building on that in this handicap chase. Trevor Hemmings' gelding had comfortably won a big-field handicap hurdle at Aintree on his return from five months off in October, and he found himself poorly placed in a steadily-run event at the Welsh track four weeks ago. With the Alan King yard going very well, Kerrow is fancied to get off the mark over the larger obstacles here.

Mr Sundowner - Newcastle 16:20

The closing seven-furlong handicap at Newcastle contains plenty of unconvincing sorts. Mr Sundowner may be considered among them by plenty of punters, and it's true he has a low strike-rate, but he shaped very well when third over a mile at this track three weeks ago and is certainly well weighted if backing that effort up. Wilf Storey's four-year-old started the year off a mark of 62 and is now down to 52, and the booking of good-value 3-lb claimer Nathan Evans is another positive.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win lay Adalene in the 14:20 at Newcastle
Win back Kerrow in the 15:30 at Taunton
Win back Mr Sundowner in the 16:20 at Newcastle


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