Timeform pick out their three best bets in the UK on Tuesday January 26...
"Transient Bay improved markedly on the form he showed last season on his reappearance in December, winning with something in hand at Uttoxeter..."
Transient Bay - Wetherby 13:45
There are a few ungainly types in this race, and the unexposed Transient Bay stands out, making just his fifth handicap start. Transient Bay improved markedly on the form he showed last season on his reappearance in December, winning with something in hand at Uttoxeter, and he is worth forgiving his flop next time out under a penalty at that venue just 10 days later, with the race seemingly coming too soon for him. Oscar O'Scar is not straightforward, but shaped better than the distance beaten suggested on his reappearance, and could prove the selection's biggest danger.
Dungannon - Southwell 15:10
Dungannon posted his best effort for some time when winning over C&D at the beginning of the month, and based on some of his form in 2014, where he scored from a 7 lb higher handicap mark than this, he could yet have more to offer now he is up and running again, and with figures of 2,3,1 on fibresand, it would be no surprise to see him take the feature here today. Crosse Fire has been in good heart over C&D this season, but this is a step up in class for him, and he may struggle to defy a career-high mark in this company.
Azert De Coeur - Wetherby 15:25
Azert De Coeur was an expensive French purchase for Venetia Williams after winning a 4-YO event in the French Provinces last season, and belatedly built on that form when nearly landing a gamble over C&D at the beginning of the month. There was no shame in drawing 15 lengths clear with a thriving rival that day, and with a 5 lb rise in the weights looking lenient, he can get off the mark today if running to that sort of level again. Somchine shaped as if needing the run on his reappearance this season and should do better with that under his belt, though he is not as obviously well treated as the selection.
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Back Transient Bay in the 13:45 at Wetherby
Back Dungannon in the 15:10 at Southwell
Back Azert De Coeur in the 15:25 at Wetherby