Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday June 28

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets
Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Saturday night's stateside action...

"Cushion looks to have a good chance of making her first start for Christophe Clement a winning one..."

In the sixth race at Belmont (20:55 BST) the former John Gosden trained Cushion looks to have a good chance of making her first start for Christophe Clement a winning one. The Europe to North America switch angle is often a profitable one so far as older fillies and mares is concerned and Cushion looks to hold a decent edge on form with most of her rivals no better than fairly useful at best. The nine-furlong trip round this sweeping oval will be ideal and though her fitness has to be taken on trust, she has the invaluable assistance of Joel Rosario and Morning Line odds of 4 look more than fair. 

There looks to be another good bet at Belmont on the turf in the shape of Riposte in the ninth, the Grade 2 New York Stakes (22:28 BST). In what appears to be something of a two-horse race, Tannery has been put in as favourite on the Morning Line but though she acts on firm ground she's at her best with plenty of cut and that should leave the door open for Riposte to follow up her win a Grade 2 here last time. The former Lady Cecil trained filly has taken some time to find her form in the States but she won the Sheepshead Bay here last time, won't be inconvenienced by the slightly shorter trip and gets a handy 3lb off Tannery. Joel Rosario takes the mount. 

Lady Cohiba isn't the most consistent as her effort here last time in a similar contest showed, but she has the eleventh race at Monmouth (22:43 BST) at her mercy if at the top of her game. She's easily good enough to win at this level as her wins at Gulfstream earlier this year and at Saratoga last summer show and only really the forecast favourite Majestic River has form within 5lb of hers. She really ought to be favourite for all her shortcomings and the forecast 3.5 looks value. 

Timeform US SmartPlays

Race 6 Belmont (20:55 BST) win back #8 CUSHION @ 3.814/5 or longer
Race 9 Belmont (22:28 BST) win back #2 RIPOSTE @ 2.89/5 or longer
Race 11 Monmouth (22:43 BST) win back #6 LADY COHIBA @ 3.412/5 or longer

 

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