Timeform's SmartPlays come from this afternoon's meetings at Beverley and Newton Abbot.
"The form of Hoofalong's promising debut against previous winners when second at York in May is far in advance of anything today's rivals have shown..."
As a part-owner of Hoofalong (14:40 Beverley), Lee Westwood will have at least half an eye on the East Riding venue today while preparing to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup and, provided this son of Pastoral Pursuits behaves himself better than on his last racecourse appearance when he refused to enter his stall, there's every chance there'll be celebrations in the 19th hole at Medinah this evening. The form of his promising debut against previous winners when second at York in May is far in advance of anything today's rivals have shown and while his shrewd trainer is not best known for winning this type of event, this maiden looks ripe for the taking.
Many consider Beverley to be a specialist's track that provides multiple course winners and racing fans of a certain age will remember the exploits of Rapid Lad in the 1980s, who won 12 times here. While not suggesting he will match those exploits, the fact that Eeny Mac (16:10) has won here three times already this year suggests a liking for the venue and he looks fair value to add to that tally today. Since achieving that hat-trick he has provided a career-best performance over course and distance when finishing third in a decent claimer and as his trainer took this race 12 months ago with Shotley Mac, there are plenty of grounds for enthusiasm.
Underfoot conditions at Newton Abbot are sure to ensure that stamina comes to the fore this afternoon and Am I Blue (17:20), as a C&D winner in the mud in 2010, fits the bill in their finale despite a five-month absence from the track. That success came only a few days after a somewhat controversial Hereford success, but her largely-consistent performances since then suggests a bold bid can be expected from the front today if fully tuned up.