Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday February 27

One of Saturday's SmartPlays come from Chepstow
One of Saturday's SmartPlays come from Chepstow

Timeform pick out their three best bets for the action from Kempton, Lingfield and Chepstow on Saturday...

"A bad mistake cost him any chance that day, but he has shown a decent level of form at this trip over hurdles, and may be able to make amends here."

The Saint James - 14:35 Kempton

The Saint James is winless from six starts in the UK and Ireland, but he has put up some really creditable efforts in defeat, including at Bangor when second on his seasonal/British chasing debut. The winner of that race - Vyta Du Roc - has since won at Grade 2 level, and is it worth focusing on that piece of The Saint James's form, compared with his last outing at Kempton in December, where he finished last of five, though was better than the bare result overall. A bad mistake cost him any chance that day, but he has shown a decent level of form at this trip over hurdles, and may be able to make amends here. Mon Successeur didn't get home under testing conditions last time, but still looks a handicapper of some interest and could be the one to fill the forecast spot.

Grendisar - 15:20 Lingfield

Given the right set of circumstances, Grendisar has proven himself to be a thoroughly consistent performer on the all-weather, and he should get the strong pace that he needs here with the likes of Maverick Wave in the lineup. Grendisar was second in this race 12 months ago, and there doesn't appear to be a horse of Tryster's calibre in opposition this time round. Last year's winning connections are represented by Festive Fare here, and he can go close if improving for the application of cheekpieces, but overall, Grendisar is fancied to uphold the form of their recent meeting.

Kings Palace - 15:45 Chepstow

Kings Palace was disappointing when last seen in the Paddy Power and, having schooled poorly over fences in the interim, he makes his return to the smaller obstacles here. He had some smart form to his name as a novice hurdler (sent off second-favourite for the Albert Bartlett) and he has shown in the past that he can run well fresh. His mark in this discipline doesn't look too harsh and, although Kings Palace holds five other entries at the Cheltenham Festival at this stage, he can establish himself as a leading candidate for the final of this series by winning here. Arpege d'Alene rates the chief danger.

Timeform UK SmartPlays

Back The Saint James in the 14:35 at Kempton
Back Grendisar in the 15:20 at Lingfield
Back Kings Palace in the 15:45 at Chepstow

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