Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday May 17

Timeform's US team have picked out their three best bets for Saturday night
Timeform's US team have picked out their three best bets for Saturday night

Timeform's US experts pick out their three best bets from Saturday night's stateside action...

"Gulfstream maiden winner La Madrina looks to have been priced up very cautiously in the sixth race at Belmont and Very Cherry Candy appeals as a much better bet..."

Green Mask looks a value bet at the forecast 3-1 in the fifth race at Belmont Park today (19:23 BST). The forecast evens favourite Chart Topper is compiling a good record on grass and seems likely to be able to lead as usual, but he hasn't maybe achieved as much as his form figures might suggest and Green Mask promises to be a formidable opponent after thumping a decent field on the Polytrack at Keeneland last time, good form in our opinion that form that has also been franked since. Cabo Cat should also be thereabouts in what looks a three-horse race. 

Trusted Choice has been put in as 5-2 favourite in the fifth race at Monmouth (19:54 BST) and in a field as competitive as this, that strikes us as on the skinny side and as such he looks worth laying. He's no slouch on turf, clearly, having won races at Saratoga and Gulfstream, but he's been beaten several times at short prices before including last time in what by our reckoning was a weaker race by some way than the one he is in today. 

Gulfstream maiden winner La Madrina looks to have been priced up very cautiously in the sixth race at Belmont (19:58 BST) and that means there is value elsewhere. She can be expected to improve given it has been her only start so far, but neither the form nor time of it look much to get carried away with and Very Cherry Candy appeals as a much better bet at around the forecast 6-1. She has won four of her last six races, showing a good deal of improvement in the last three of those, and comes here on the back of a career-best effort last time at Aqueduct. Ultimate Shopper is another to consider at a similar price, but Very Cherry Candy just gets the nod.      

Timeform US SmartPlays

Belmont race 5 (19:23 BST) win back #2 GREEN MASK @ 3.613/5 or longer
Monmouth race 5 (19:54 BST) win lay #2 TRUSTED CHOICE @ 4.47/2 or shorter
Belmont race 6 (19:58 BST) win back #6 VERY CHERRY CANDY @ 6.05/1 or longer

 

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