Timeform UK SmartPlays: Tuesday 21 May

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There is Flat racing from Nottingham on Tuesday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Nottingham on Tuesday...

"Ed de Giles' charge certainly showed enough to suggest that he is coming to the boil..."

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LADY MASCARA - 15:15 Nottingham

LADY MASCARA has progressed with every start to date and again shaped well when fifth at Wolverhampton last time, doing well to finish as close as she did in a race where those ridden prominently came to the fore. That form sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings here, and with further improvement on the cards, she looks a safe bet for the James Fanshawe yard that continues in good heart, with 73.8% of its horses running to form of late. Rambaldi and Ventura Glory don't have the same potential as the selection, but could be the ones to give her most to do.

NEAROOZ - 15:45 Nottingham

A tenacious winner of her sole outing at two, NEAROOZ was well backed to maintain her unbeaten record at Wolverhampton last month and never really looked in any danger of defeat, just needing to be pushed out to win by two and a quarter lengths. Her strength at the line that day suggests that we are still just scratching the surface of her potential, and she looks sure to take all the beating now switching to handicaps, with an opening mark of 85 unlikely to prove her limit. I Am Magical proved a different proposition when making a winning handicap bow at Newmarket on Thursday, overcoming trouble to score with plenty in hand, and is the obvious threat under a penalty.

AKAVIT - 16:55 Nottingham

AKAVIT shaped better than the bare result when seventh on his most recent outing at Pontefract, his rider getting the tactics wrong with a rapid move out wide soon after halfway, no surprise under the circumstances that he was unable to sustain his effort in the straight. Ed de Giles' charge certainly showed enough to suggest that he is coming to the boil, a view reinforced by the support that came for him before the off - now 5 lb below his last winning mark, this looks a good opportunity for him to recoup those losses, with recent Chepstow winner Master Grey feared most under a penalty.

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