Timeform US SmartPlays: Thursday August 20

Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Thursday
Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Thursday

Timeform's US team pick out the three best bets on Thursday.

"Valid Bull has yet to win this year, but has made the frame on six occasions, the latest here twelve days ago, and the return to seven furlongs should suit him as his dam won at an extended mile."

Saratoga race 9 (22:26 BST) - Tricky Zippy

Tricky Zippy is aiming for a hat-trick since her switch back to dirt. She won twice at Belmont in July and makes her Saratoga debut against her elders here. Morning Line favourite Willet hasn't been seen out since being successful at Aqueduct in January.

Evangeline Downs race 4 (01:11 BST) - Tiffany Blue Bele

Tiffany Blue Bele has been a clear-cut winner of her last two starts here and should again have too much for the rest of the field. Her main rival, Hue Blue Bayou, was well held on this track three weeks ago but she steps back up to a mile, a trip she won at twice last autumn.

Evangeline Downs race 5 (01:38 BST) - Valid Bull

Valid Bull has yet to win this year, but has made the frame on six occasions, the latest here twelve days ago, and the return to seven furlongs should suit him as his dam won at an extended mile. Spicey World, who also steps back up in trip after a couple of placed efforts here last month, may give Valid Bull most to do.

Timeform US SmartPlays

Back #10 TRICKY ZIPPY in race 9 at Saratoga (22:26 BST)
Back #5 TIFFANY BLUE BELE in race 4 at Evangeline Downs (01:11 BST)
Back #4 VALID BULL in race 5 at Evangeline Downs (01:38 BST)


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