Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday December 26

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

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

"The eighth race (02.56 GMT) at Delta Downs sees Joint Tenant have his first start for Chris Richards and he can make it a winning one."

Caras Nay has won her last two races on turf, including a similar event last time to the starter allowance handicap she contests today at Tampa Bay (sixth race, 19.56 GMT), and there seems every chance she will make it three wins in a row. By our reckoning she has a sizeable advantage on recent form and forecast odds of 4 are more than generous.

Protective Shield was a promising winner of its only start so far and has to be respected in the fourth (21.09 GMT) at Turf Paradise, but forecast odds of 3 are too short given there are a couple also lining up that have strong form claims, namely Zenita and Start Of Munster. The latter ships in from Los Alamitos having earlier won at Del Mar, so a lay of the forecast favourite seems the best bet.

The eighth race (02.56 GMT) at Delta Downs sees Joint Tenant have his first start for Chris Richards and he can make it a winning one. Richard has a very good record with horses running for him for the first time and in Joint Tenant he has a horse that brings the best recent form - at Churchill Downs - to the table and looks likely to get a fairly easy time of things in front.

Timeform US SmartPlays:

Race 6 Tampa Bay (19.56 GMT) win back #5 CARAS NAY NAY at 3.412/5 or longer

Race 4 Turf Paradise (21.09 GMT) win lay #4 PROTECTIVE SHIELD at 3.02/1 or shorter
Race 8 Delta Downs (02.56 GMT) win back #5 JOINT TENANT at 3.613/5 or longer

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