Timeform US SmartPlays: Monday October 20

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

Timeform US team pick out the best bets in North America on Monday.

"It’s not often that ex-UK runners turn up on the Zia Park dirt, especially ones that were decidedly useful..."

Today's first selection comes in race 6 at Zia Park (21:35 BST), a six-furlong allowance contest for fillies and mares. Laugh It Up has been third on her last two starts in similar contests to this one, arguably unlucky not to have finished closer than she did on the first of those, having broken awkwardly at the start. The race she finished third in last time at Albuquerque was a good deal stronger than this one, and she would represent decent value if anywhere around 3/1.

It's not often that ex-UK runners turn up on the Zia Park dirt, especially ones that were decidedly useful, but that's what we've got in the shape of the former Michael Wigham inmate Superboot in race 8 at the New Mexico track. Superboot had been running creditably without winning at the likes of Del Mar and Santa Anita though the summer, but really took off last time out on his first start for new trainer, Henry Dominguez, winning a Zia maiden by over ten lengths, showing he retains plenty of his former ability. A Morning Line price of 3/1 could seriously underestimate Superboot in this company.

To complete a hat-trick of selections in allowance races, we head to race 8 at Mountaineer, a one-mile dirt contest. St. Padriag has been showing a fairly useful level of form at Churchill Downs and Indiana, and should appreciate the less taxing company he is likely to find at the West Virginia venue. With decent tactical foot and a draw just outside his two main pace rivals, St. Padriag should get a nice stalking trip, while racing in the clear.

Timeform US SmartPlays

Zia Park race 6 (21:35 BST) win back #5 LAUGH IT UP at 4.03/1 or longer
Zia Park race 8 (22:31 BST) win back #7 SUPERBOOT at 3.02/1 or longer
Mountaineer race 8 (02:12 BST) win back 5 ST. PADRIAG at  2.915/8 or longer

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