Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday October 17
Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Saturday.
"Tattenham and Bigger Picture meet again in the sixth race at Belmont having finished first and second in a claimer over course and distance last time and we don’t expect the positions to be reversed."
In the third race (19.12 BST) at Keeneland Rastanora might well be worth chancing against the forecast favourite Ultimatum who shaped quite well on her debut, albeit in what was quite a weak race. Rastanora has had a couple of trainers since she was with John Gosden, but the switch to Jerry Hollendorfer is a big plus and the return to dirt another as might be expected of a daughter of Dynaformer. Her form two starts back at Emerald Downs is good enough to win this.
Tattenham and Bigger Picture meet again in the sixth race at Belmont having finished first and second in a claimer over course and distance last time and we don't expect the positions to be reversed. Tattenham is the classier animal of the pair judged on his overall record and the switch since that last run from Leah Gyarmati to Bill Mott can only be a positive. There's not too much among the opposition to be afraid of and Tattenham can gain his fifth win.
There are several possible options in the last (23.08 BST) at Keeneland but with doubts about what forecast favourite Tanner's Popsicle beat in his last two races at Canterbury and Thistledown, comments which might also apply to another last-time-out winner Smoking Romance at Ellis Park, Almost English looks the solid option. The selection was back to his best last time after a rare run on turf, is in an easier race here and promises to get an ideal stalking trip off what looks a very fast pace.
Race 3 Keeneland (18.12 BST) win back #1 RASTANORA at [3.4] or longer
Race 6 Belmont (20.46 BST) win back #2 TATTENHAM at [3.6] or longer
Race 10 Keeneland (23.03 BST) win back #8 ALMOST ENGLISH at [3.6] or longer