Timeform US SmartPlays: Thursday December 18

Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Thursday
Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Thursday

Timeform's US team find their three best bets of the day at Hawthorne.

"The eighth race at Hawthorne (22:25 GMT) is an open-looking $5k claimer, with at least five of the eight-strong field possessing decent chances on Timeform form ratings."

The third race at Hawthorne (19:55 GMT), a six-and-a-half furlong, $8k dirt claimer, can fall the way of Appltatacorntamata, who has been showing decent form at a slightly higher level of late. This versatile five-year-old has form on a variety of surfaces, having recorded wins on dirt and turf, as well as putting up creditable efforts on polytrack. His last outing on the Hawthorne dirt resulted in a narrow defeat, and a reproduction of that will see Appltatacorntamata go very close here.

Dancing Dove needs to rebound from a poor run last time, but that was over a distance that probably stretches her, and the drop back from an extended mile to six furlongs looks much more in her favour in race 5 at Hawthorne (20:55 GMT). Dancing Dove also takes a significant class-drop from $25k claiming level into this $12k contest and that should be enough for this filly to record her second career success.

The eighth race at Hawthorne (22:25 GMT) is an open-looking $5k claimer, with at least five of the eight-strong field possessing decent chances on Timeform form ratings. With that in mind, a lay of the Morning Line favourite Lethal is probably the way to go. His form is no better than several of his rivals in this particular contest, and he has a bit to find with one or two on TimeformUS speed figures, also.

Timeform US SmartPlays

Hawthorne race 3 (19:55 GMT) win back #1 APPLTATACORNTAMATA at 4.57/2 or longer
Hawthorne race 5 (20:55 GMT) win back #2 DANCING DOVE at 3.814/5 or longer
Hawthorne race 8 (22:25 GMT) win lay #4 LETHAL at 4.57/2 or shorter

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