Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday August 27

The Celebration Mile at Goodwood is the big race on Saturday
The Celebration Mile at Goodwood is the big race on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Goodwood and Windsor on Saturday.

"He can take advantage of a drop in class to deservedly get his head back in front."

Above The Rest - Goodwood 15:20

Above The Rest hasn't had much go his way recently, including when third of 11 to Breakable at Chester last Saturday, when he was left poorly placed after rearing at the start but finished well, and he looks worth chancing this afternoon. Above The Rest ideally needed a stronger gallop that day and he should get that here, with Majestic Moon, Flash Fire and That Is The Spirit all part of the big field. Perhaps another positive for Above The Rest is that he's reunited with 5-lb claimer Jordan Vaughan who rode him to his last success July (when with a different yard).

Thikriyaat - Goodwood 16:30

Three-year-olds have a fantastic record in the Group 2 Celebration Mile, having won the race six times in the last eight years from just 11 representatives, which points to big runs from Thikriyaat and Zonderland this year. Thikriyaat in particular looks to have everything going for him as a C&D winner whose only defeat so far came at the hands of recent Prix Jacques le Marois hero Ribchester in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. What's more, he's unbeaten in two starts over a mile and represent the Sir Michael Stoute stable that has won this race six times already this century.

Second Step - Windsor 18:35

When Second Step lines up for the listed August Stakes it will be the first time he has raced outside of Group 1 or Group 2 company since winning the listed Finale Stakes at the Curragh in October 2014, so a big performance has to be expected in first-time blinkers. Luca Cumani's gelding was a Group 1 winner in Germany last summer and, while he's not quite been in the same form in four outings this time around, he was beaten less than a length in the Yorkshire Cup on his return and was caught out by the run of the race in the Coronation Cup at Epsom next time. He can take advantage of a drop in class to deservedly get his head back in front.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Above The Rest in the 15:20 at Goodwood
Back Thikriyaat in the 16:30 at Goodwood
Back Second Step in the 18:35 at Windsor

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