Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday, July 7

There are eight meetings across the UK and Ireland on Saturday
There are eight meetings across the UK and Ireland on Saturday
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Timeform pick out their three best bets from Haydock and Nottingham on Saturday...

"...it would be no surprise to see him get back on the up facing more exposed types here..."

Timeform on The Last Emperor

RUDE AWAKENING - Haydock 12:35

RUDE AWAKENING was most impressive when regaining the winning thread over this sort of trip at Doncaster last week, quickening to lead approaching the final furlong and readily forging clear thereafter. He's just the type his shrewd handler excels with and rates a confident selection as he attempts to defy a 10 lb hike in the weights. Ghostwatch is similarly on the up and can give the selection most to do, along with Making Miracles and Diocletian.

GOLDEN WOLF - Haydock 13:45

GOLDEN WOLF has been knocking on the door in good company of late, including when chasing home the promising Amazing Red at Newmarket last time, and perhaps this could be his day with Nicola Currie taking a handy 3 lb off his back in what is, admittedly, a highly competitive renewal. Mark Johnston has won it twice in recent years and his Rainbow Rebel and Sofia's Rock head the many dangers along with Across The Stars and Teodoro.

THE LAST EMPEROR - Nottingham 19:40

THE LAST EMPEROR is bred to go on improving as a three-year-old, and while his return at Haydock was a little underwhelming, it would be no surprise to see him get back on the up facing more exposed types here, with the Roger Varian yard in top form (five winners from last eight runners) at present, too. Mon Beau Visage has been shaping up well recently and ranks as an obvious danger along with Michele Strogoff and the consistent Mushtaq.

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