Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday July 22
Timeform pick out bets from Ascot, Chepstow and York on Friday.
"He may well have more to offer for his shrewd handler and gets the verdict here from the same BHA mark (due to be put up 3 lb in future)."
Sea of Heaven - 14:55 Ascot
Sea of Heaven perhaps didn't quite show the resolution of Sweet Selection when going down to that rival by a length and three-quarters at Newbury last time (lugged towards the far rail in the closing stages) but he still ran his best race to date and regained his progressive thread after clearly needing his reappearance run at Newcastle prior to that. He may well have more to offer for his shrewd handler and gets the verdict here from the same BHA mark (due to be put up 3 lb in future). Noble Silk was finishing fast over a mile and three-quarters here last time and could be seen to better effect with that outing under his belt.
Wordismybond - 19:20 Chepstow
Wordismybond made it two wins from five starts since joining Richard Hughes at Epsom last week in an apprentice event, and he makes obvious appeal from the same handicap mark here (due to go up 4 lb in future) under Stephen Cummins, who won on him last time. He defied a BHA mark of 70 (6 lb lower than this) for his former connections, and looks to have a strong chance of landing a quick-fire double if handling the eight-day turnaround. Paul Cole's Stormbound has not been seen since April, but will be the selection's main danger if on his A game back from a break.
Diploma - 19:30 York
Diploma did well to finish fifth in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot on her last start given that the drop back to a mile did not suit her (best form came over this C&D on her reappearance in May) and is expected to be much more at home now back at this trip. She looks just the sort that her expert handler will excel with and can take this prize before perhaps going on to even better things in time. Fireglow probably has the best form in the book overall, but seems to have found her level and will be vulnerable to improvement from the likes of Diploma.
Timeform UK SmartPlays:
Back Sea of Heaven in the 14:55 at Ascot
Back Wordismybond in the 19:20 at Chepstow
Back Diploma in the 19:30 at York