Timeform UK SmartPlays: Wednesday January 18

There is racing from Market Rasen on Wednesday
There is racing from Market Rasen on Wednesday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from the UK on Wednesday.

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Max Ward - Newbury 14:20

This looks a much easier assignment for Max Ward compared to the Grade 1 Henry VIII at Sandown (when he was well beaten by Altior) and the warm handicap chase he ran in on Boxing Day at Kempton, and he can get back to winning ways down in class. He was still going well enough when falling last time (four out) and based on that effort and his win at Uttoxeter, he should still be in with a big chance from a BHA mark of 134. Red Devil Star and Champagne Tara finished first and second in a handicap at Ascot last time and could chase Max Ward home in that order.


Kilcrea Vale - 14:40 Market Rasen

Kilcrea Vale was a useful hurdler but it was not a surprise to see him take his form to a new level on his first start over fences given that he is a well-made point winner. He faces some more established sorts here in the form of King's Odyssey and Three Musketeers, but in receipt of weight from both of that pair, he is expected to remain unbeaten in this sphere. Easy Catterick winner Hester Flemen is another potentially smart sort.


Potters Corner - 14:55 Newbury

Potters Corner's fourth at Ascot on his second start over fences had initialing looked a little disappointing, but the race has worked out very well since - the second Singlefarmpayment won a Cheltenham novice on his next start, while the winner Beware The Bear and third Aurillac filled the first two places in a handicap here next time - and he should run well here having been dropped 2 lb in the weights by the handicapper. Monbeg Gold's jumping didn't hold up here last time, but he is well handicapped on his November Fontwell second.


Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Max Ward - Newbury 14:20
Kilcrea Vale - 14:40 Market Rasen
Potters Corner - 14:55 Newbury

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