Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday July 19

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

Timeform's US team are concentrating on the action at Delaware and Monmouth and have found three bets...

There's no doubt the best racing in the US is at Saratoga today, but it is highly-competitive stuff and notoriously difficult to pick winners, as some of yesterday's results demonstrated. As such, it's probably best to look elsewhere for some decent bets, and Delaware looks to provide a couple of good opportunities. The first of these is Amber Coast in race 3 (19:09 BST), who moves from one high-percentage trainer to another, and looks likely to get an uncontested lead, also. Hopefully, he can get us off to a good start at around 4.5.

Hope in Your Rope looks to have been put in too short on the Morning Line, and he looks worth laying in race 7 at Delaware (20:57 BST). Being a Scott Lake-trainee, there's no real surprise that he has been priced up defensively, but his form doesn't really entitle him to be favourite in here. With three of his rivals rated better on weight-adjusted Timeform form ratings, Hope in Your Rope needs to improve, and at the likely prices, the percentage call is to oppose him.

Turf-to-dirt is the angle in race 8 at Monmouth (21:28 BST), with the Timothy Hills-trained Here Comes Sal making that particular move. Since making a winning dirt debut over C&D last October, Here Comes Sal has been campaigned exclusively on turf, but there's no doubt that his debut dirt effort is by far his best piece of form. Here Comes Sal has also been highly-tried in allowance and decent-level claimers, but this drop back to the $16k claiming level should be just what he needs.

Timeform US Smart Plays:
Delaware race 3 (19:09 BST) win back #4 AMBER COAST at 4.57/2 or longer
Delaware race 7 (20:57 BST) win lay #3 HOPE IN YOUR ROPE at 4.03/1 or shorter
Monmouth race 8 (21:28 BST) win back #3 HERE COMES SAL at 4.03/1 or longer


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