Timeform’s three best bets for Sunday 18 April



Timeform select the three best bets at Newbury on Sunday.

“She is taken to make a winning return before having her sights raised…”

Timeform on Snow Lantern

Snow Lantern – 13:00 Newbury

Snow Lantern made plenty of appeal on pedigree – out of 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern – and in the flesh and made a highly promising debut when finishing runner-up to a smart sort at Ascot in July. Snow Lantern was doing all of her best work in the finish, so the step up to a mile will be in her favour after a break, and she is physically the type to improve significantly as a three-year-old. She is taken to make a winning return before having her sights raised.

Alcohol Free – 14:10 Newbury

Alcohol Free improved rapidly in three starts last season, culminating with an authoritative success in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket where she beat the reopposing Umm Kulthum with a bit to spare. A tall, useful-looking filly, Alcohol Free looks an obvious improver this year, and she already sets the standard on form. She is expected to make a winning return here and set herself up nicely for a tilt at the 1000 Guineas next month.

Spirit Dancer – 17:05 Newbury

Spirit Dancer was largely progressive last season, getting off the mark in good style at Ripon in August and running well in defeat both starts after. He shaped as though still on a good mark when finishing fifth in a competitive handicap at York and is the type to progress again as a four-year-old. Richard Fahey has made a good start to the season and he ought to go well in a wide-open handicap.