Timeform US SmartPlays: Friday October 24

Two of tonight's bets run at Belmont
Two of tonight's bets run at Belmont

Timeform's US team search out the best bets on Friday.

"Another horse at Belmont with the potential to go on to better things is the former Jean-Claude Rouget-trained War Correspondent..."

Today's best bet goes in race 3 at Hawthorne, a six-and-half-furlong starter allowance race on the dirt. Go Doug Go has been in reasonable form on the polytrack and turf at Arlington Park throughout the summer, and showed himself still in good heart when winning a claimer on this track a fortnight ago. The opposition he faces today is actually a tad weaker than those he beat last time, and Go Doug Go can make it two in a row here.

One of the class acts on today's Belmont card appears to be the Bill Mott-trained Round in race 8 (21:27 BST), a six-furlong allowance contest on the main track. A lightly-raced son of Arch, Round made his debut in a hot Belmont maiden last year, finishing a highly-creditable third with the very smart Wicked Strong just ahead of him. A long layoff then ensued before Round won a maiden in June, followed by another layoff. Round returned last month, being hampered at the start, and finishing a good third in allowance company. While obviously not easy to train, Round has plenty of potential, and can start to make up for lost time today.

Another horse at Belmont with the potential to go on to better things is the former Jean-Claude Rouget-trained War Correspondent, a full-brother to the high-class Declaration of War. He makes his second start for Christophe Clement in race 9 at Belmont (21:58 BST), a seven-furlong allowance optional claimer on the turf, having strolled away with a weaker race on his US debut. Already smart, War Correspondent has the potential to rate much higher, and can show himself on the verge of graded class by taking this contest.

Timeform US SmartPlays

Hawthorne race 3 (20:45 BST) win back #7 GO DOUG GO at 2.77/4 or longer
Belmont race 8 (21:27 BST) win back #9 ROUND at 3.412/5 or longer
Belmont race 9 (21:58 BST) win back #8 WAR CORRESPONDENT at 4.57/2 or longer

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