Timeform US SmartPlays: Thursday June 19

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Thursday
Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Thursday

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Thursday night's stateside action...

"Our Amazing Rose showed useful form as a juvenile, but has struggled in two runs this year, though there are sound reasons for think she may come back to form tonight..."

With rain forecast in New York, it may pay to stick with horses that are proven on wet tracks, and Cajun Wedding fits the bill in race 6 at Belmont (20:55 BST). This three-year-old filly broke her maiden on a sloppy Belmont track just two weeks ago, and was turned out again quickly last week, finishing a creditable fourth in better company. Cajun Wedding takes a small drop down in class here, and if the forecast rain does materialise, she will be less inconvenienced than most. She has shown form on dry tracks too, so it won't be too much of an issue should it not rain, and she looks a decent bet.

Our Amazing Rose showed useful form as a juvenile, but has struggled in two runs this year, though there are sound reasons for think she may come back to form in tonight's eighth race at Belmont (21:57 BST). Todd Pletcher's filly was highly-tried in her first start this year, finishing down the field in G3 company, and didn't fare a lot better last time out, when beaten a similar distance in a minor stakes race. She does, however, step up in distance tonight and that alone could bring considerable improvement. Throw in the fact that her early speed could see her get an uncontested lead, and she may well be value against the forecast favourite Very Cherry Candy. 

To complete a hat-trick of selections at Belmont, Wake Up In Malibu is taken to win the closing race on the card (22:28 BST). This one was an impressive maiden winner over a muddy Belmont track last month, so is another who won't mind any rain that falls in the Elmont district of New York. The runner-up from that maiden franked the form in impressive fashion next time out and Wake Up in Malibu looks the best bet of the day.

Timeform US Smart Plays

Belmont race 6 (20:55 BST) win back #2 CAJUN WEDDING @ 4.216/5 or longer
Belmont race 8 (21:57 BST) win back #5 OUR AMAZING ROSE @ 3.814/5 or longer
Belmont race 9 (22:28 BST) win back #9 WAKE UP IN MALIBU @ 4.03/1 or longer

 

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