Timeform UK SmartPlays: Wednesday 25 September

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"...plenty to like about the way she did it last time, showing an excellent attitude to put her head in front close home..."

Timeform on Holy Motivation

Back
Litigious - 16:10 Goodwood

Litigious was unable to match the winner's turn of foot when second at Doncaster last time, but that still represented a step back in the right direction, and there are reasons to suggest that she can get back to winning ways from the same mark here. She sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings, for a start, but arguably an even bigger positive is the step up in trip, which could unlock further improvement if her pedigree (half-sister to Chester Cup winner Making Miracles) and run style are anything to go by, while the form of the high-flying John Gosden yard is an ongoing recommendation, with 19 winners from its last 20 runners.

Lay
Shortbackandsides - 15:25 Redcar

Shortbackandsides looked as good as ever when winning in ready fashion at Hamilton on Monday, but whether he will be able to back that effort up after only two days off is open to debate, and there could be some mileage in taking him on at the current prices. He certainly isn't an obvious candidate to follow up, with his win in Scotland being only his second from 24 career starts, and it's hard to argue that he is well treated under a 5 lb penalty, either, given that he has generally struggled from marks as high as this in the past. By contrast, Round The Island was 2 lb 'wrong at the weights when winning at Pontefract recently, and, able to race off his correct mark this time with no penalty to shoulder, he looks the one to beat.

Smart Stat
Holy Motivation - 16:55 Perth

28% - Richard Johnson's strike rate at Perth

Holy Motivation has made up into something of a course specialist in recent starts - much like her jockey Richard Johnson - and she is well worth the chance to follow up her breakthrough success over 3m here two weeks ago. Admittedly, she doesn't appear to have much in hand on ratings, now 5 lb higher in the weights, but there was plenty to like about the way she did it last time, showing an excellent attitude to put her head in front close home, and that's by far the best recent form on offer in this line-up, with most of her rivals arriving here with something to prove at present.

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