Timeform UK SmartPlays: Sunday February 5

There is good racing from Taunton and Musselburgh on Sunday
There is good racing from Taunton and Musselburgh on Sunday

Timeform pick out bets from Musselburgh and Taunton.


Baltimore Rock - 15:10 Musselburgh

Baltimore Rock was rather highly tried as a novice - he ran in the Arkle and the Ryanair Novices' Chase, both Grade 1s - and shaped well on his first start this season back in a handicap at Ludlow (going well before being hampered). He ran no sort of race in a hot Grade A handicap at Fairyhouse last month, but this is less competitive and he is worth persevering with.

Verni - 15:50 Taunton

The form of Verni's second at Haydock could hardly have worked out much better (pair he split have both won since). The ground was particularly testing that day, and the way Verni travels suggests that he may be even better on this less testing surface (soft ground expected on Sunday). Remiluc is the biggest danger and Dell'Arca can't be dismissed lightly following his promising return at Kempton last time.

Oscar Rock - 16:10 Musselburgh

Oscar Rock remains on a good mark in this sphere both on his form over fences last season (won a listed chase from 2 lb higher in the weights), and his win over timber at Market Rasen last time, where he did well to get up after fluffing the final flight. A 5 lb rise in the weights after that last hurdling success seems fair given that he was better than the bare result, and with this extra distance no issue (seems to stay 29 furlongs) he is worth chancing here for his in-form yard.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win back Baltimore Rock in the 15:10 at Musselburgh
Win back Verni in the 15:50 at Taunton
Win back Oscar Rock in the 16:10 at Musselburgh


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