Timeform US SmartPlays: Monday February 16

Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Monday
Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Monday

Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Monday.

"A little disappointing last time, Perfect Rate can be forgiven that effort as it came following a layoff..."

Sam Houston race 6, 21:16 GMT - Tango Bravo

Tango Bravo has been competing in stronger contests at the likes of Oaklawn and Churchill Downs, and will appreciate the easier surroundings of this Sam Houston maiden special weight. Tango Bravo's TimeformUS speed figures have been steadily improving throughout his three starts, and he sets a fair standard in this event. Once-raced Korus Warrior may provide the main opposition, but he needs to run to a reasonable level if he is to trouble our selection.

Sam Houston race 9, 22:34 GMT - Berry Loud

Berry Loud has been beaten on his last two starts, but those came on turf, and he can take this starter allowance contest back on dirt. Berry Loud was on a good run on the main track before the switch to turf - winning three of his last four dirt starts - and while proficient on the grass, a dirt surface does seem to see him to best effect. He can get back on track here and looks a bet at anything around 2/1. 

Sam Houston race 10, 23:00 GMT - Perfect Rate

A little disappointing last time, Perfect Rate can be forgiven that effort as it came following a layoff, and he should strip much fitter with that run behind him. Perfect Rate's prior form at Retama Park gives him sound claims in this uncompetitive low-level claimer, and he should be a spot of value against likely favourite Livvyinthefastlane, who took 22 starts to finally get off the mark, and hardly looks a great price at the Morning Line 2/1.

Timeform US SmartPlays
All at Sam Houston

Race 6 (21:16 GMT) back #5 TANGO BRAVO at 4.03/1 or longer
Race 8 (22:34 GMT) back #3 BERRY LOUD at 3.02/1 or longer
Race 10 (23:00 GMT) back #5 PERFECT RATE at 4.57/2 or longer

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