Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Friday night's stateside action...
"North of Never has been acquitting himself with credit in stronger claiming contests than this one and the drop into today's class should suit him to a tee..."
Woodbine 18:31 - North of Never
The second race at Woodbine (18:31 GMT), a $25k claimer, looks fairly open at first glance, but dig a little deeper and there are sound reasons for thinking that North of Never has an outstanding chance. A consistent sort, North of Never has been acquitting himself with credit in stronger claiming contests than this one and the drop into today's class should suit him to a tee. With doubts surrounding his main form rivals Thor's Piper (poor run following a layoff last time) and Moonshine Martini (last win came in a weak race), North of Never looks a good bet.
Woodbine 20:38 - Mugwump [LAY]
The intriguingly-named Mugwump is likely to be one of the market leaders in the maiden claimer carded as race 6 at Woodbine, but the general level of her form doesn't really entitle her to as much respect as her forecast price may suggest, and she should be taken on. With several in here who possess stronger credentials on both Timeform form-based ratings and TimeformUS speed figures, a lay at around 4.5 is recommended.
Woodbine 21:42 - Erma Lee [LAY]
To complete a hat-trick of selections at Woodbine, it is recommended that we hit the lay button once again, this time to oppose Erma Lee in race 8 . This six-year-old mare seems to find winning hard to come by nowadays having failed to score in her last eleven starts, finishing second on six of those occasions. She is likely to be on the premises again but isn't the heartiest competitor, and with at least two or three of her rivals boasting stronger form, is readily taken on.
All at Woodbine
Race 2 (18:31 GMT) win back #3 NORTH OF NEVER @ 4.03/1 or longer
Race 6 (20:38 GMT) win lay #1 MUGWUMP @ 4.57/2 or shorter
Woodbine race 8 (21:42 GMT) win lay #5 ERMA LEE @ 3.711/4 or shorter