Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday May 3

There's a bet at Woodbine today
There's a bet at Woodbine today

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

"A return to sprint trips should see a return to form for Hackleton in race 9 (22:04 BST) at Belmont..."

Chedington was an eye-catcher on a couple of occasions last season and she along with forecast favourite, Chief Thundercloud, fresh from an excellent return here a couple of weeks ago, and that makes Binks Forest a lay at the forecast odds in race 3 at Woodbine (19:03 BST). The selection has been underperforming at Tampa Bay recently and though he has better form on the Woodbine surface last year even that shouldn't be good enough if one or more of the others are on their A game. 

Waterway Run was a useful filly here last year when trained by Ralph Beckett, thought good enough to run in the French 1000 Guineas, and looks to have improved a shade since being transferred to Chad Brown, but she may find stable-mate Watsdachances too hot to handle in the eighth race (21:20 BST) at Belmont today. Watsdachances hasn't had a run yet this year, but a repeat of her fourth in a Grade 1 here on her penultimate start when she rattled home from an impossible position should suffice and she looks decent value.. 

A return to sprint trips should see a return to form for Hackleton in race 9 (22:04 BST) at Belmont on his first start for Linda Rice. Oddly for a son of Giant's Causeway, he's all speed, recording his best performance over five-and-a-half furlongs at Aqueduct and there's good reason to think that he can sit handy in a race where there is no obvious front runner and pounce late. 

Timeform US SmartPlays

Woodbine race 3 (19:03 BST) win lay #1 BINKS FOREST at 3.814/5 or shorter
Belmont race 8 (21:20 BST) win back #1 WATSDACHANCES at 6.05/1 or longer
Belmont race 9 (22:04 BST) win back #3 HACKLETON at 4.03/1 or longer 

 

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