Timeform US SmartPlays: Friday May 23

Timeform's US experts pick out their three best bets for Friday night's action
Timeform's US experts pick out their three best bets for Friday night's action

Timeform's US experts pick out their three best bets for Friday night's action...

"Cure won last time out and has a good chance of following up in race 6 at Penn National ..."

Lady Bernstein was a seven length winner of a maiden claiming race on dirt last time, but may struggle to reproduce the level of that performance in a more competitive race on polytrack (Woodbine, race 4, 19:35 BST). Lady Bernstein's front-running style could also be compromised in this race, as she should face pressure for the lead from Over the Cliff. She looks a lay at around 3.5.

Cure won last time out and has a good chance of following up in race 6 at Penn National (01:16 BST), despite this race being a slightly more competitive event. Having been in good form throughout the winter, Cure has been freshened up and should be ready to fire for one of Penn's top trainers. The pace scenario also looks in his favour, as he tends to come from a little way off the leaders.

The closing race at Penn National (02:10 BST) sees the Morning Line favourite Nikoldini enter with very solid credentials. Consistency is Nikoldini's strong suit, something that can't be said too often for low level claiming horses, and she can nearly always be relied upon to give her running. She also looks likely to have the early lead to herself here, and rates a very solid selection.

Timeform US Smart Plays

Woodbine race 4 (19:35 BST) win lay #2 LADY BERNSTEIN @ 3.55/2 or shorter
Penn National race 6 (01:16 BST) win back #2 CURE @ 4.3100/30 or longer
Penn National race 8 (02:10 BST) win back #2 NIKOLDINI @ 3.613/5 or longer

 

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