Timeform UK SmartPlays: Wednesday January 20

There is racing at Kempton on Wednesday
There is racing at Kempton on Wednesday

Timeform bring you their best bets from the meetings in Britain on Wednesday...


"Bogardus still looks favourablably handicapped based on his Irish form, Timeform-rated 86 at his best (now 72), and he could outrun likely long odds."

Almost Gemini - Musselburgh 13:45

Almost Gemini couldn't justify strong market support (with cheekpieces refitted) at Kelso on his latest start but it was still a decent effort to finish fourth to Another Mattie, and he's taken to resume winning ways back at the same distance as his Sedgefield success on his return. Almost Gemini, who had next-time-out winner Pure Science well behind him in that Sedgefield race, is still quite lightly raced and is particularly unexposed under testing conditions, racing just three times on a surface described as soft or heavy by Timeform (including his last two outings).


Chelwood Gate - Lingfield 15:20

Chelwood Gate's two wins in 2015 came under George Baker, who rides Freddy With A Y in this race, but he looked to get on well with today's jockey Oisin Murphy when third over C&D on his latest start and he's taken to confirm the promise of that effort. Chelwood Gate shaped well to boot that day in a race not run ideally to suit (kept on from mid-field) and one which has produced two next-time-out winners (winner Bold Prediction and runner-up Billy Bond), while has been Chelwood Gate was dropped 1 lb and now finds himself 1 lb below his last winning mark. While there's not an abundance of pace in this race, Hercullian Prince and Charlies Mate should ensure a sound gallop, and Chelwood Gate has every chance of coming home in front.


Bogardus - Kempton 18:40

Bogardus confirmed the promise of his fourth at Wolverhampton in November when winning at Kempton last month, and wasn't seen to best effect on his latest start when eighth at the former track. Considering his previous two efforts had come over 12 furlongs and 10 furlongs (got up very late), it was perhaps not surprising that Bogardus shaped as if in need of a stiffer test of stamina over the extended nine furlongs last time, and he may prove ideally suited by this 11-furlong trip this evening. Bogardus still looks favourablably handicapped based on his Irish form, Timeform-rated 86 at his best (now 72), and he could outrun likely long odds.


Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Almost Gemini in the 13:45 at Musselburgh
Back Chelwood Gate in the 15:20 at Lingfield
Back Bogardus in the 18:40 at Kempton


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