Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday November 25

Newbury's Hennessy meeting begins on Friday
Newbury's Hennessy meeting begins on Friday

Timeform pick out three bets from the UK on Friday.


Sirabad - 13.05 Newbury
A terrific handicap chase, with honourable mentions going to both Knockgraffon and Double W's, however preference is for Sirabad. Paul Nicholls has had plenty of high profile winners over the past month and Sirabad looked better than ever when an emphatic winner at Wincanton earlier this month and under a 7 lb penalty he rates the one to beat, especially if adopting positive tactics once again.

Ballyoptic - 14.10 Newbury
Soft ground will suit Reve de Sivola, who has been placed in this race before, however Ballyoptic is a horse firmly on the up and he looked set to go close when coming down at the final flight in a Wetherby Grade 2 last time. Unowhatimeanharry did nothing but progress for Harry Fry last season and, proven on testing ground, he looks set to provide a stiffer test than Menorah who hasn't run over hurdles for five years.

Stilletto - 14.45 Newbury
Three Musketeers remains with potential, especially with his sights lowered slightly here, however Stilletto looks worth siding with on his debut for Johnny Farrelly. Stilletto won at Catterick and Leicester last season, however he is over some jumping frailties (fell twice) then he should go well under a patient ride. Tenor Nivernais, Red Spinner and Splash of Ginge could all help force a strong pace which will suit.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All at Newbury)

Win back Sirabad in the 13:05 at Newbury
Win back Ballyoptic in the 14:10 at Newbury
Win back Stilletto in the 14:45 at Newbury


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