Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday July 25

Sandown Park hosts a six race card this afternoon

Racing at Sandown and Bath provide the action for today's SmartPlays...

"The form of his Newbury win in June is working out extremely well, with third Kastini winning well at Lingfield last week..."

Andrew Balding saddles Debdebdeb in the 14-furlong handicap (14:30), a race in which his runners have either placed or won every year since 2008. Debdebdeb was a length second to Great Hall in a decent handicap at Haydock last time out, and the form of her Newbury win in June is working out extremely well, with third Kastini winning at Lingfield last week. The field does have other unexposed types with the likes of Lady Pimpernel and Deficit looking the chief dangers, but Debdebdeb should prove ahead of her BHA mark of 80 and will be tough to get past in a tight finish.

We take in more staying handicap action at Bath next (15:15) where the ironically named Speedsteed should come out on top. He won with a little in hand over a slightly shorter trip at this course last time out and seemed to benefit from the fitting of a visor; he is trusted to follow up that effort if the headgear continues to improve his attitude and gets the vote. However the top end of the field is closely-knit on Timeform ratings and Candelita looks the one most likely to spoil the party if suited by the step up in trip after her third at Catterick last time.

We return to Sandown Park for our final SmartPlay today, where It's Taboo could give us a winner in the seven-furlong handicap (16:50). She ran creditably when second to Russian Royale at Salisbury in June and was unlucky not to get off the mark in her handicap debut at Newbury last time, losing out by a head to Amosite after being forced to switch with a furlong to go. She should make amends here off what is a very workable mark, although Muftarres and Tight Fit are both worthy of consideration in what is a competitive closing contest.

Timeform UK SmartPlays

Back Debdebdeb @ 3.8514/5 in the 14:30 at Sandown
Back Speedsteed @ 2.915/8 in the 15:15 at Bath
Back It's Taboo @ 5.69/2 in the 16:50 at Sandown

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