Timeform UK SmartPlays: Wednesday, May 25

There is Flat racing from Kempton on Wednesday
There is Flat racing from Kempton on Wednesday

Timeform pick out three bets from Lingfield and Kempton on Wednesday...


"...Fern Owl might be worth siding with in this handicap to resume his progression back on the all-weather."

Spiriting - Lingfield 16:00

Spiriting may have taken a while to get off the mark and his form proved patch last term, but he ran in some pretty good handicaps and has an excellent pedigree, so looks the type to take off as a four-year-old now starting out for Roger Varian. Spriting split two next-time-out winners when third to Sahaafy in a mile handicap on the Rowley course at Newmarket last May, and he shed his maiden tag in a similar race over the extended mile at Leicester next time, making all. Spriting wasn't at his best when fifth in another handicap on the July course at Newmarket last July, which proved he to be his final start in 2015, but that race contained Mitraad (now rated 15 higher by Timeform) and Express Himself (now 12 lb higher).


Sovereign Bounty - Kempton 19:20

Sovereign Bounty is lightly raced for a four-year-old and showed he's still improving when second of 15 to Slemy in what looked a competitive handicap at Wetherby just eight days ago. He gets to race off the same mark here, so must have a good chance if proving as effective on the all-weather (his dam Sovereign Abbey's sole success came on an artificial surface at Wolverhampton). Sovereign Bounty remains fairly unexposed after nine starts and could even find more improvement, while his draw in stall 2 is another positive.


Fern Owl - Kempton 20:50

Hughie Morrison has his team in good form at present - four winners and a host of placed horses over the last fortnight - and Fern Owl might be worth siding with in this handicap to resume his progression back on the all-weather. Fern Owl will be trying two miles for the first time here, having done his racing up to a mile and a half so far, but he was strong in the finish when winning over that trip at Kempton in February and has a pedigree that gives him claims (dam a sister to winner Dusky Warbler, who stayed two and a quarter miles).


Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Spiriting in the 16:00 at Lingfield
Back Sovereign Bounty in the 19:20 at Kempton
Back Fern Owl in the 20:50 at Kempton


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