Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday January 21

There is racing from Ascot on Saturday
There is racing from Ascot on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Haydock on Saturday.


Free Stone Hill - 12:55 Haydock

The returning Chieftain's Choice will likely have plenty of supporters, having caught the eye under tender handling (stewards found jockey/trainer guilty of schooling/conditioning in public, banning the horse from running for 40 days), however a safer bet may be Free Stone Hill who represents a trainer in good form and he looks fairly treated on this handicap debut having been allotted a mark of 112. This bigger field and likely stronger pace should see him improve on November's third at Sedgefield.

Waiting Patiently - 13:30 Haydock

Only 7 lb separates the sextet on Timeform ratings but preference is for Waiting Patiently who is unbeaten in two starts over fences and has been impressive on each occasion. Though not the best of these over hurdles, he really looks to have flourished over the bigger obstacles and the form of his Newcastle win last month has been franked by the runner-up winning since. Politilogue jumped impressively when winning a Grade 2 at Ascot, while Its'afreebee, who landed the Grade 2 novice hurdle on this card 12 months ago, is another smart chasing prospect who deserves plenty of respect.

Alary - 15:15 Haydock

Given the support that Alary has attracted for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, despite being from the same stable as Thistlecrack, Native River and Cue Card, there is reason to believe that a mark of 162 might not be beyond Alary for his handicap debut. Colin Tizzard's French recruit will make his British debut here and, having finished in a French Grade 1 over 27 furlongs in November, this test of stamina should prove ideal. Definitly Red and Sausalito Sunrise look the biggest dangers.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win back Free Stone Hill in the 12:55 Haydock
Win back Waiting Patiently in the 13:30 Haydock
Win back Alary in the 15:15 Haydock


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