Timeform US SmartPlays: Tuesday December 30

Timeform's US team offer you three selections
Timeform's US team offer you three selections

Timeform's US team bring you three bets from Tuesday's meeting at Turf Paradise...

Finally Diamonds recorded a good time in finishing second in a maiden optional claimer last time out, and can go one better at the same level in race 3 at Turf Paradise today (21:18 GMT). That performance came over six furlongs and he does have to prove his stamina over today's one-mile distance, but he is likely to represent a bit of value given there are a pair of J.J. Kruljac trainees in the race, that being a stable whose runners are often over-bet to a certain extent.

The dirt allowance contest carded as race 6 at Turf Paradise (22:13 GMT) has a good shape to it, with both the front two in the betting seemingly better on turf. This could leave the way clear for Cookielamour to record a second successive win, having been successful in a similar contest last time out. Cookielamour has plenty of tactical speed too, and should be towards the front end in a race not expected to unfold at a rapid pace. That, and her proven dirt ability, gives her the edge over her market rivals.

The most intriguing runner on the whole card at Turf Paradise is in the $3.5k claimer carded as race 7 (22:41 GMT). Exclude showed decent form on dirt way back at the start of the year, but has done the majority of his running on turf and synthetics since then. A son of excellent dirt sire Tiznow, there seems to be plenty of evidence that Exclude is simply a better horse on a dirt surface, and he gets a big trainer change today, making his first start for the barn of David Wolochuk. Morning Line quotes of 6/1 seem to underestimate his chances somewhat.

Timeform US SmartPlays:
Turf Paradise race 3 (21:18 GMT) win back #3 FINALLY DIAMONDS at 4.57/2 or longer
Turf Paradise race 6 (22:10 GMT) win back #4 COOKIELAMOUR at 5.59/2 or longer
Turf Paradise race 7 (22:41 GMT) win back #11 EXCLUDE at 5.04/1 or longer

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