Timeform UK SmartPlays
"12 months ago and racing off a 6 lb higher mark, Masai Moon finished second in a very similar race and is judged capable of going very close again today..."
Timeform highlight a trio of SmartPlays for Tuesday (17th April) afternoon, with the best bet coming at Southwell Racecourse.
We get underway in Kempton's 14:50, where Top Benefit is taken to defy a 10 lb rise for an easy success at Market Rasen last month. The 10-year-old has gradually been getting his act together since joining current trainer Kim Bailey, improving in each of his three starts to get off the mark on the latest occasion, beating Stick Together by nine lengths with his jumping seemingly improved. Moscow Chancer is second-best to the selection on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings, but looks something of an irresolute character, whilst Emperor Charlie has been hit with a 12 lb rise for his last success. Top Benefit's jumping clearly needs to hold together once more, but he has an excellent chance of gaining a second career victory.
There are plenty to consider in Southwell's 16:10, but this could be the day that Masai Moon ends a fairly lengthy losing run. The eight-year-old hasn't managed to get his head in front since June 2008 but that hasn't come about for lack of effort or ability, as he has run to form on many of the intermediary occasions and his attitude is not under suspicion. 12 months ago and racing off a 6 lb higher mark, Masai Moon finished second in a very similar race and is judged capable of going very close again today. The blinkers make a return here, and they may well spark a return to the winners' enclosure.
African Eagle (16:50) has looked progressive in novice hurdles with his best effort coming at Lingfield on his latest start in February when he finished third, starting from much further back than the pair that beat him and not being unduly knocked about having made good headway down the back straight. He left the impression that he had yet more to offer and appeals as the type to thrive in handicaps, which he enters here off a reasonable mark. His trainer, Emma Lavelle, has saddled three winners from her six runners in the last fortnight and African Eagle has strong claims of adding to that tally at what is currently an attractive price.
Back Top Benefit @ [5.0] in the 14:50 at Kempton
Back Masai Moon @ [7.4] in the 16:10 at Southwell
Back African Eagle @ [14.0] in the 16:50 at Kempton