Timeform US SmartPlays: Friday December 26

Timeform's US team have three bets for tonight's action
Timeform's US team have three bets for tonight's action

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Boxing Day across the pond...

"The best bet at Aqueduct may well be Irish Whisper in the eighth race..."

Tampa Bay 18:24 - Oneniteanthony

In the third race at Tampa Bay, Oneniteanthony looks to hold very sound claims. This claimer over a mile and forty yards has attracted nine runners, but more than a handful look to face a very stiff task judged on their recent form whereas Onenightanthony comes here at the top of his game. The son of Montbrook got off the mark three starts back by no less than twelve lengths in a maiden claimer at Gulfstream Park West but left that effort behind last time in a similar event to this here, beaten just over two lengths. The opposition on this occasion is around 10lb easier by our reckoning, and Dennis Ward's progressive gelding can get back to winning ways.

Aqueduct 20:43 - Irish Whisper
 
The best bet at Aqueduct may well be Irish Whisper in the eighth race, an optional allowance claimer for fillies and mares over six furlongs. The daughter of Langfuhr is compiling a good record, winning four of her nine starts, and has come back from a six-month break better than ever judged by her last two runs, the latest of which was a six-length win in a similar event after setting strong fractions. There shouldn't be any need to go so fast today seeing as she should get her own way in front comfortably, and in that case her closest rivals on form, Frivolity and Make The Moment, both of whom are shorter in the betting than she is, will have difficulty catching her.
 
Delta Downs 03:33 - The Wolf Is Back [LAY]

The starter allowance (ninth race) over a mile at Delta Downs is a tough one to call and a lay of the forecast favourite The Wolf Is Back might be the best play in the circumstances. The son of Screen Idol won twice at Evangeline Downs not so long ago but has been beaten twice since here, including in a much weaker affair than this, and looks to face stiff opposition from the likes of Caddo Native and Lime Me. The former might well make all the running if getting clear on the lead, while the latter, never popular in the market, seems sure to outrun his starting price again, but with The Wolf Is Back likely to be dropped a fair way off the pace a lay is the preferred play. 

Timeform US SmartPlays

Race 3 Tampa Bay (18:24 GMT) win back #5 ONENITEANTHONY @ 3.02/1 or longer
Race 8 Aqueduct (20:43 GMT) win back #4 IRISH WHISPER @ 4.216/5 or longer
Race 9 Delta Downs (03:33 GMT) win lay #2 THE WOLF IS BACK @ 3.02/1 or shorter

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