Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday April 20

The Craven Stakes is the feature race from Newmarket on Thursday
The Craven Stakes is the feature race from Newmarket on Thursday

Timeform pick out three bets from Cheltenham and Newmarket on Thursday.


Victory Angel - Newmarket 13:50

Victory Angel showed much improved form to get off the mark on his most recent outing at Doncaster in November, produced to lead as the field entered the final two furlongs and always doing enough to hold off the chasing pack thereafter. That form is working out well (second, third and fifth all successful since) and, with the possibility of more to come after just three starts, Victory Angel is fancied to see off the attentions of Hilario and can take advantage of what looks a lenient mark on his handicap debut.

Snow Leopardess - Cheltenham 15:15

Snow Leopardess produced a career-best effort to regain the winning thread at Newbury four weeks ago, hitting the front two-out and quickly forging clear of the useful runner-up. She has a 12 lb hike in the weights to contend with this afternoon, but remains open to more improvement after just four starts over hurdles and can follow up with this stiffer track expected to suit. The Organist looked a good when an unlucky loser here 12 months ago (fell at the last when clear) and can give the selection most to do.

Rivet - Newmarket 15:35

Rivet was disappointing when only fifth on his penultimate outing in the Dewhurst Stakes at this venue, but bounced back with a dominant victory in the Racing Post Trophy last time and escapes a penalty for that success here. He deserves another chance to prove his effectiveness at this track and, while War Decree is an obvious danger, Rivet looks the one to beat if arriving in the same form as when successful on Town Moor and is fancied to continue a terrific start to the new season for William Haggas.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win back Victory Angel in the 13:50 at Newmarket
Win back Snow Leopardess in the 15:15 at Cheltenham
Win back Rivet in the 15:35 at Newmarket


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