Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday October 1

Shalaa makes his belated return at Ascot on Saturday
Shalaa makes his belated return at Ascot on Saturday

Timeform pick out bets from Ascot, Redcar and Newmarket on Saturday...


"Her hitherto unseen turn of foot was impressive that day, and should stand her in good stead in this race..."

Shalaa - 15:05 Ascot

Though he has bigger targets this autumn and will presumably come on for this run, the undoubted class act in this field is Shalaa, the winner of five of his last races, which included Prix Morny and the Middle Park Stakes on his last two starts. He picked up a pelvic injury in April and is making his belated first three-year-old start today, but it is hoped that he will still have enough class to win this Group 3 before he tackles the Champions Sprint in a fortnight's time. Don't Touch could be the one to take advantage if the selection fails to run to form.


The Wagon Wheel - 15:15 Redcar

A tough puzzle to crack as usual, but The Wagon Wheel is certainly worth giving another chance to build on the excellent impression he created when winning at York on her penultimate start, after she was seemingly unsuited by the idiosyncrasies of Goodwood last time. She is open to further improvement and should run well for Richard Fahey and Jack Garrity. Rainbow Mist seemed to excel himself when upped in grade in the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster last time and could be one of the chief threats to the selection.


Alice Springs - 16:00 Newmarket

The French have a very good record in this Group 1 for fillies and last year's Coronation Stakes winner Ervedya is sure to be popular for the all-conquering Jean-Claude Rouget here. However, the narrow vote goes to Alice Springs, who has continued to progress this season and landed a second Group 1 prize in some style at Leopardstown in September. Her hitherto unseen turn of foot was impressive that day, and should stand her in good stead in this race. She can give Aidan O'Brien his first win in the race since 2008.


Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Shalaa in the 15:05 at Ascot
Back The Wagon Wheel in the 15:15 at Redcar
Back Alice Springs in the 16:00 at Newmarket


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