Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday September 17

Dartmouth (left) is among the stars on show at Newbury on Saturday
Dartmouth (left) is among the stars on show at Newbury on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Ayr and Newbury on Saturday.


"He had shown himself to be a high-class performer when defeating that rival in the Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting..."

Dartmouth - Newbury 13:45

Dartmouth wasn't seen to best effect when third on his most recent outing in the King George at Ascot, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal in a steadily-run race and never threatening to challenge the pillar-to-post winner, Highland Reel. He had shown himself to be a high-class performer when defeating that rival in the Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting, though, and - 5 lb clear of all bar The Grey Gatsby on Timeform ratings - Dartmouth is fancied to see off the attentions of Kevin Ryan's stable star and can tee himself up for another crack at the top level.

Bletchley - Ayr 14:00

Bletchley failed to meet expectations when only sixth on her most recent outing in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, appearing unsuited by firmer ground than she had previously encountered and possibly feeling the effects of a hard race in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She would have won in a few more strides on that occasion and - given plenty of time to recover from her Newmarket exertions - Bletchley is expected to bounce back to her best here and that should be good enough to see her land this Group 3 prize, with the improving Partitia feared most of the remainder.

Growl - Ayr 15:45

Growl shaped well when dropped back to six furlongs for the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood, enduring trouble-in-running when attempting to deliver his challenge in the final furlong and coming home so strongly once in the clear that he'd have been second in another stride. That effort identified him as one of the likelier candidates for this contest and, with just a 2 lb rise in the weights to contend with here, Growl is taken to confirm the promise of that latest outing and can provide his yard with a second consecutive winner of this race. Orion's Bow and Magnus Maximus head the dangers.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Dartmouth in the 13:45 at Newbury
Back Bletchley in the 14:00 at Ayr
Back Growl in the 15:45 at Ayr

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