Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday August 11

The Group 3 Sovereign Stakes is the feature race at Salisbury on Thursday
The Group 3 Sovereign Stakes is the feature race at Salisbury on Thursday

Timeform pick out three bets from Salisbury on Thursday.

"That form could hardly have worked out better, with the winner and the third both successful in group company at Royal Ascot..."

Scorching Heat - Salisbury 14:10

Scorching Heat shaped with promise when second on his racecourse debut at Kempton 10 days ago, travelling strongly throughout on the front end and only weakening when the lack of a previous run began to tell in the closing stages. That form leaves him 2 lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform ratings and - entitled to improve with that initial experience under his belt - Scorching Heat is taken to see off the attentions of King of Spades and can continue trainer Andrew Balding's fine form of late (three winners and six placed from last 16 runners).


Massaat - Salisbury 16:10

Massaat was disappointing when down the field on his most recent outing in the Derby at Epsom, but appeared to have his stamina stretched by the step up to 1½m on that occasion and deserves another chance to confirm the promise of his second in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. That form could hardly have worked out better, with the winner and the third both successful in group company at Royal Ascot and - 5 lb clear of Sovereign Debt on Timeform ratings - Massaat is expected to regain the winning thread with the minimum of fuss in this Group 3 contest.


Babyfact - Salisbury 16:40

Babyfact fared better than the bare result when second at Bath eight days ago, suffering a troubled passage as she attempted to deliver her challenge in the final two furlongs and doing enough once in the clear to suggest she would have won with a better run through the race. Shahaama would be an obvious danger if bouncing back from her recent disappointment, but Babyfact is 5 lb clear of her nearest rival on Timeform ratings and - 1 lb lower than when second last time - she is fancied to make amends and can register the fourth victory of her career.


Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Salisbury)

Back Scorching Heat in the 14:10
Back Massaat in the 16:10
Back Babyfact in the 16:40

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