Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday December 20

Timeform's US team provide you with three bets
Timeform's US team provide you with three bets

Timeform's US team bring you a bet from three different venues on Saturday...

The best bet at Turf Paradise may well be Maker Or Breaker in the fourth race (19:17 GMT). The daughter of Empire Maker finished behind several of today's rivals last time but that race was on turf, a surface that she isn't so effective on as dirt. Some may argue the mile trip was against her too, having done most of her recent racing over six furlongs, but she's won over the trip before at a good level and has a chance today to bounce back to winning ways back on dirt. Scrub that last run out and she would be coming here looking to land a three-timer, and she may well end up starting a bigger price because of it than she otherwise deserves to be. 

The third-race claimer (oo:59 GMT) at Charles Town has attracted nine runners but Lady Eleanor stands out among them. The six-year-old has a good record over this course and distance with her win last time out being the second at the track this year. That win was due reward for a good effort the time before when chasing an overly strong pace over seven furlongs, and this race if anything looks weaker than last time. Anything around the forecast 4 would be acceptable. 

In the fourth race (01:13 GMT) at Delta Downs Just A Pup has compelling credentials. The son of Lydgate has a good strike rate, winning five of his eighteen starts, including last time out over course and distance in a similar event to this. That all-the-way success - his second in his last three runs - was backed up by a strong timefigure, and a repeat should see him follow up in a contest in which he seems assured of the early lead and in which none of his opponents have form within 6lb of his by our reckoning.  

Timeform US SmartPlays:
Race 4 Turf Paradise (19:17 GMT) win back #5 MAKER OR BREAKER at 4.03/1 or longer
Race 3 Charles Town (00:59 GMT) win back #2 LADY ELEANOR at 3.613/5 or longer     
Race 4 Delta Downs (01:13 GMT) win back #9 JUST A PUP at 4.03/1 or longer

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