Timeform pick out their three best bets in the UK on Thursday...
"He was caught flat-footed when the pace quickened on the turn for home that day, but stayed on quite takingly in the closing stages..."
Lapilli - Wolverhampton 15:35
Lapilli makes his racecourse debut here, but those with experience don't set too high a standard and he could easily prove good enough to open his account at the first time of asking. Bought for 70,000 guineas as a yearling, he is related to a winner at this trip on the all-weather and, although it is a slight concern that this speedily bred colt was not able to make it to the racecourse as a two-year-old, trainer William Haggas is sure to have him well-prepared for this first competitive start. Hot Stuff makes most appeal of those with a previous run under their belt, but Dream Dubai also has an interesting profile on debut and could provide the toughest challenge to the selection.
Officer Hoolihan - Bangor 16:50
Officer Hoolihan showed marked improvement from his first start to his second over hurdles and his third at Stratford on that most recent outing rates a fair performance in the context of this race. He had raced far too freely on his initial outing in this sphere, but proved more tractable last time and remains open to more improvement. He was caught flat-footed when the pace quickened on the turn for home that day, but stayed on quite takingly in the closing stages and, having had quite a substantial amount of ground to make up at one stage, he did well to only be beaten three lengths at the line. Indeed Officer Hoolihan showed enough on that occasion to suggest he can get off the mark here, with Matchaway likely to give him most to do.
Eljaddaaf - Chelmsford 18:40
Eljaddaaf did well to overcome a far from ideal passage round the outside of the field to win at Kempton on his most recent start and was value for more than the official winning margin. He enjoyed a far more straightforward passage to win at Wolverhampton the time before and, while his favoured hold-up tactics aren't sure to be quite so effective at this track, trainer Dean Ivory has proven himself to be a dab hand with these sprinters. He also produced Tangramm to run up a sequence on the all-weather this winter and, with his runner here looking capable of doing something similar, Eljaddaaf is fancied to defy a 5 lb higher mark in this better race. Malaysian Boleh is feared most.
Timeform UK SmartPlays:
Back Lapilli in the 15:35 at Wolverhampton
Back Officer Hoolihan in the 16:50 at Bangor
Back Eljaddaaf in the 18:40 at Chelmsford