Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday October 21

Doncaster stages its Racing Post Trophy meeting on Friday and Saturday
Doncaster stages its Racing Post Trophy meeting on Friday and Saturday

Timeform pick out two backs and a lay from three meetings on Friday.


Tafaakhor - Doncaster 15:10 (LAY)

Tafaakhor might have produced a career-best effort when a close third of five to the very promising Timeless Flight in a nursery at Kempton last time, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he gets beat in this maiden. That was Tafaahor's first run over this distance of seven furlongs, to be fair, and the new trip clearly helped him, but Humbert and Wigan Warrior aren't far behind him on Timeform ratings here and there are a clutch of interesting newcomers who also make plenty of appeal, namely Mirage Dancer (by Frankel out of the 120-rated Heat Haze) representing Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute, Godolphin's Valcartier (who cost €950,000) and the Kevin Ryan-trained Everything For You (closely related to Group 3 winner Ashadihan).

Red Pike - Doncaster 15:45

The two-day Racing Post Trophy meeting at Doncaster starts on Friday and the feature race is a six-furlong handicap. Bryan Smart saddled the winner in 2015 (Nameitwhatyoulike) and Red Pike, who found only Jamaican Bolt one too good in the 2014 renewal, can provide his trainer with another victory. The gelding, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, shaped as if back in form when fifth of 20 to Intisaab in the Coral Sprint Trophy at York last time and would have been a little closer but for being messed around slightly. He's been dropped 1 lb since, the mark off which he was second of 12 to Duke Cosimo at Ripon in June, and having former dual champion jockey Paul Hanagan on board for the first time is another plus point.

London Prize - Newbury 16:45

London Prize shaped very well when runner-up at Haydock recently, despite starting very slowly, and he looks to have plenty going for him in this two-mile handicap apprentice handicap. London Prize won over two miles in bumpers, but it was his first try over the trip on the Flat when he ran at Haydock, where the finished three-quarters of a length second of 12 to progressive three-year-old Withhold. While London Prize's tendency to starts sluggishly is a concern, he's clearly on a good mark (72) and should be even harder to beat if getting away on terms, especially under Ebor-winning jockey Adam McNamara. London Prize looks a winner waiting to happen for the shrewd Ian Williams yard.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win lay Tafaakhor in the 15:10 at Doncaster
Win back Red Pike in the 15:45 at Doncaster
Win back London Prize in the 16:45 at Newbury


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