Timeform US SmartPlays: Friday January 23

Timeform's US team bring you three bets on Friday
Timeform's US team bring you three bets on Friday

Timeform's US team provide you with two lays and a back from Tampa Bay on Friday...

Undeniable Temper has been second on his last two starts, and can go one better in Tampa's feature event, the allowance optional claimer carded as race 9 (21:50 GMT)...

The first of today's selections is a lay in race 4 at Tampa Bay Downs (19:08 GMT), a mile-and-half-a-furlong, 8k claimer. Morning Line favourite Discreet Reason has been running reasonably well in weaker contests than this one, but has it all to do now, especially with his wide draw in stall 10. With only a short run to first turn, Discreet Reason is likely to lose ground, or have to drop well off the pace from that post position. Neither scenario is ideal when dealing with a favourite, and the percentage call is to take this one on.

Another favourite to take on is Doctor Bill in race 6 at Tampa Bay Downs (20:10 GMT), a $5k claimer run over seven furlongs. Doctor Bill is another saddled with a wide draw, this one not quite as bad with this race run around just one turn, however it still isn't a perfect situation. Doctor Bill is also a deep closer, and may well struggle to get the strong pace that he needs to be seen to best effect. Lay at anything around 4.0.

Undeniable Temper has been second on his last two starts, and can go one better in Tampa's feature event, the allowance optional claimer carded as race 9 (21:50 GMT). Prior to those last two second place finishes, Undeniable Temper had finished a creditable fifth behind the 115-rated East Hall at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder Racecourse). A reproduction of any of his last three starts will make Undeniable Temper very tough to beat in this contest.

Timeform US SmartPlays:
Tampa Bay race 4 (19:08 GMT) win lay #10 DISCREET REASON at 4.57/2 or shorter
Tampa Bay race 6 (20:10 GMT) win lay #12 DOCTOR BILL at 4.03/1 or shorter
Tampa Bay race 9 (21:50 GMT) win back #7 UNDENIABLE TEMPER at 4.03/1 or longer

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