Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday September 28

Roger Charlton's Thistle Bird has obvious claims

Timeform bring you selections from Newmarket and Stratford on Friday...

Thistle Bird has been remarkably consistent this year, racking up three victories at this level, and her latest success at Haydock was achieved with more in hand than the winning margin might suggest...

Waterway Run created a good impression when easily defeating her rivals in a York nursery, and she is taken to make a smooth transition to Group company in the Oh So Sharp Stakes (13:15). Ralph Beckett's two-year-old had already hinted at ability on her first two racecourse appearances, but she showed marked improvement at York, travelling powerfully before quickening to win in decisive fashion. She had the race in safekeeping from some way out on that occasion and, with further improvement to come, she looks likely to make a bold bid here.

We take a brief detour to Stratford, as Agent Archie makes his handicap debut over hurdles on what could prove to be a fair mark in the 13:35. Donald McCain's charge was unable to make an impression in competitive affairs at Aintree and Cheltenham, but he had made a smooth transition to hurdling prior to that, winning on his first couple of outings. He was a useful performer on the Flat and it would be a surprise were he unable to make an impact from this opening mark.

The Roger Charlton-trained Thistle Bird boasts strong form credentials and rates as a good bet to land the listed Rosemary Stakes at 13:45. She has been remarkably consistent this year, racking up three victories at this level, and her latest success at Haydock was achieved with more in hand than the winning margin might suggest. Solid and progressive, Thistle Bird has plenty in her favour today and she thoroughly deserves her place at the head of the market.

Timeform SmartPlays:
Back Waterway Run @ 5.39/2 in the 13:15 at Newmarket
Back Agent Archie @ 2.9215/8 in the 13:35 at Stratford
Back Thistle Bird @ 4.03/1 in the 13:45 at Newmarket

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