Timeform UK SmartPlays
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"Dinkum Diamond deservedly got himself back on the scorecard at Newmarket last July, following that win with a trio of improved efforts in listed and stakes company..."
Timeform's SmartPlays team have advised three winners from their last five selections. Read on for the hottest tip on UK horse racing (April 11).
Dinkum Diamond (14:40) deservedly got himself back on the scorecard at Newmarket last July, following that win with a trio of improved efforts in listed and stakes company. The Henry Candy-trained four-year-old was not at his best on his final start, finishing down the field at Ascot, but it is easy to excuse that effort as he seems better at five furlongs rather than the six faced that day, and he refused to settle in a race with little early pace on offer. It would not be a surprise to see Jonny Mudball get back on track, having only taken to the track twice last season, but Tax Free and Triple Aspect both made little impact towards the end of last year and seemingly have something to prove on their return, something which cannot be said about Dinkum Diamond who appeals as the type to do even better this season.
Nottingham's 15:10 is a wide-open affair, but it could be worth taking a chance on the Ian Wood-trained Royal Award on her return. She progressed really well last year, learning her job on her first two starts before gaining back-to-back successes at Lingfield and Ffos Las, impressing with her battling qualities on the latter occasion. She was found out in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot on her final start but, having shown speed in abundance on her previous starts, Royal Award was able to lead the main pack until around two furlongs out before fading. She returns in calmer waters today and is likely to run well at an attractive price.
Neutrafa (17:10) was very much on the up when switched to handicaps last autumn, unlucky not to gain her second win at Musselburgh having been forced to switch for a run before making relentless progress to get in front soon after the line. She went on to comfortably dispatch with her rivals at Ayr, always travelling best before readily asserting towards the finish, and with her yard in good form (three winners in the last fortnight) the four-year-old is most certainly an interesting contender. Shavansky, Prince of Burma and Robemaker head the list of dangers, which admittedly is quite extensive in a competitive race, but Neutrafa remains capable of better still and is taken to pick up from where she left off in 2011.
all at Nottingham
Back Dinkum Diamond @ [3.0] in the 14:40
Back Royal Award @ [11.0] in the 15:10
Back Neutrafa @ [9.2] in the 17:10
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