Timeform US SmartPlays: Sunday November 9

All three of Sunday's SmartPlays are in action at Woodbine
All three of Sunday's SmartPlays are in action at Woodbine

Timeform's US team provide you with two backs and a lay from Woodbine on Sunday...

The highlight of today's North American racing is the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes, carded as race 8, on the polytrack at Woodbine (21:27 GMT). This can fall the way of the former Jean-Claude Rouget-trained War Correspondent, a full-brother to the high-class Declaration of War. He makes his second start for Christophe Clement here, having strolled away with a weaker turf race at Monmouth on his US debut, and is also a winner on a synthetic surface in France. Already smart, War Correspondent has the potential to rate even higher, and can show himself up to graded class by taking this contest.

Earlier on the card, Tom Joy competes in race 2 (18:28 GMT), and has been in fine form on the Fort Erie dirt of late, winning his last three starts. His form on a synthetic surface isn't quite as good, however, and doesn't really entitle him to be a short a price in what looks a competitive seven runner line-up. If he is anywhere around 2/1, then it looks worth hitting the 'lay' button.

Another likely favourite that looks worth taking on is Pecan Pie in the maiden that is carded as race 4 at Woodbine (19:26 GMT). This isn't the most competitive race, however, so a win bet is advised on Kavika, who has a few lengths to make up on Pecan Pie on their meeting last time out, but there are sound reasons for thinking she can do just that. That was Kavika's debut, and she was very slowly away, but made up plenty of ground to finish third. Granted natural progression - and a clean break - she can turn the tables on Pecan Pie.

Timeform US SmartPlays:
Woodbine race 2 (18:28 GMT) win lay #3 TOM JOY at 3.02/1 or shorter
Woodbine race 4 (19:46 GMT) win back #10 KAVIKA at 4.03/1 or longer
Woodbine race 8 (21:27 GMT) win back #3 WAR CORRESPONDENT at 5.04/1 or longer


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