Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday January 23

It's Clarence House Day at Ascot on Saturday
It's Clarence House Day at Ascot on Saturday

Timeform pick out their three best bets in the UK on Saturday.

"A reproduction of his best here would probably be enough to take this race, which represents a drop in grade compared to his most recent start..."

Bromyard - Lingfield 12:35

Although his progress seems to have stalled somewhat very recently, it is hard to knock the consistency of the lightly-raced Bromyard, who is yet to finish out of the first two in five career starts. A reproduction of his best here would probably be enough to take this race, which represents a drop in grade compared to his most recent start, and could give him a second victory, with the field devoid of obviously progressive types. Simon Dow is enjoying a good spell at present, and his Presumido could represent the selection's biggest danger.

Kilcrea Vale - Ascot 14:25

This looks a hard puzzle to crack, but there may not be a better option in the field than the unexposed Kilcrea Vale, a £100,000 Irish point winner who created a deep impression when bolting up in his maiden at Market Rasen last season. His fall at odds-on on his reappearance this season, two flights from the finish at this track, was not ideal preparation for such a competitive handicap scenario as this, but he seems well-treated from this mark on the form of his debut victory, and there could be some value in giving him the benefit of the doubt after his fall. Zulu Oscar has had a few more starts than the selection, but also remains unexposed, and he would seem to be one of the main dangers in the race.

Reve de Sivola - Haydock 15:15

A typically competitive renewal that revolves somewhat around six-time-Grade 1-winning hurdler Reve de Sivola, who is leniently treated to say the least on his hurdling form from a handicap mark of just 139 in this sphere. Reve de Sivola has not been seen over these larger obstacles since 2011, where his jumping was holding him back somewhat, but if he is able to take to this game better this time around, he will be hard to beat, and his current price looks a fair one all things considered. Fingal Bay - who has some smart hurdles form of his own - could be the selection's biggest danger.

Timeform UK SmartPlays

Back Bromyard in the 12:35 at Lingfield
Back Kilcrea Vale in the 14:25 at Ascot
Back Reve de Sivola in the 15:15 at Haydock

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