Timeform US SmartPlays: Thursday October 23

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 best bets in North America on Thursday. Keeneland looks especially fertile today.

"...the consistent Bisque looks to have a decent chance of recording his first win since late last year."

Michael Maker is always a trainer to respect when running a horse he has recently claimed, and he looks to have found a good opportunity for Looking Cool, who makes his first start for the barn in race 3 at Keeneland (19:07 BST). Looking Cool has been running creditably throughout the summer for his previous trainer, Carl Nafzger, and Maker obviously thinks he can build on that by dipping in and claiming this four-year-old colt for high-profile owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. With little pace in this event, the prominent-running Looking Cool should be in an ideal stalking position.

Ex-Europeans are always to be respected in US turf races, particularly when joining exceptional turf trainers such as Graham Motion, and that is the case in race 6 at Keeneland (20:40 BST), which sees the former Lady Cecil inmate Magic of Reality making her debut for the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup-winning handler. A Timeform form rating of 100 gives Magic of Reality a fine chance in this field, but with Lasix added, there is a possibility that she could run to an even bigger figure than that.

In the following race at Keeneland (21:11 BST), the consistent Bisque looks to have a decent chance of recording his first win since late last year. Although he hasn't been winning, Bisque has been doing little wrong on both dirt and turf, so today's $40k claiming contest on the main track will be no inconvenience. His general level of form is about the best in here, and he takes on a likely favourite in Southern Blessing, who has been in good form, but now steps up significantly in class.

Timeform US SmartPlays

Keeneland race 3 (19:07 BST) win back #4 LOOKING COOL at 3.211/5 or longer
Keeneland race 6 (20:40 BST) win back #10 MAGIC OF REALITY at 4.57/2 or longer
Keeneland race 7 (21:11 BST) win back #5 BISQUE at 4.57/2 or longer


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