Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday November 17

Two of Thursday's UK SmartPlays come from Market Rasen
Two of Thursday's UK SmartPlays come from Market Rasen

Timeform pick out two backs and a lay from Thursday's UK racing...


(LAY) Theatre Act - 13:30 Market Rasen

Whilst acknowledging that Theatre Act has fully deserved her two recent wins - the first of her 16-race career - Chris Grant's mare looks vulnerable under her 7 lb penalty. Cheek-pieces have improved her but there are plenty of rivals for setting the pace and this will be a different test than when making most at Carlisle on her last two runs. Recent Sedgefield winner Ten Trees, who also has winning form at Market Rasen, and the unexposed Aunty Ann lead the opposition in a competitive race.

I Just Know - 15:10 Market Rasen

I Just Know had six starts over hurdles last sesaon, showing fair form when third of seven to Its'afreebee in a novice at Haydock, however it's no surprise that this former Irish point winner improved when sent over fences at Hexham on his reappearance earlier this month. I Just Know jumped boldly when landing that nine-runner novice handicap chase, looking a class above rivals, and a 9 lb higher mark may not be enough to stop a follow-up win, despite this better grade. Fight Commander and Foundation Man look the pick of his rivals.

Geraldine - 16:40 Chelmsford

Western Presence and Impassioned are both respected, however recent Kempton winner Geraldine has plenty of scope for improvement and is preferred. She was value for extra when cosily winning a nine-runner nursery at Kempton last time by a head from Seprani, coming from a bit further back than the placed pair behind her, and she looks the type who will go on improving for her shrewd trainer. A 3 lb rise in the handicap could underestimate her somewhat.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win lay Theatre Act - 13:30 Market Rasen
Win back I Just Know - 15:10 Market Rasen
Win back Geraldine - 16:40 Chelmsford


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