Timeform US SmartPlays: Wednesday January 21

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

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

"... the best bet of the day may well be Litigious in the seventh race (02:44 GMT) at Charles Town, a handicap for fillies and mares over the specialist four-and-a-half furlong trip."

Hollywood Premiere is the forecast favourite in the second race (18:00 GMT) at Tampa Bay and has some fair form to its name, but the form of a last-time-out fourth on the back of a three-month lay-off has been let down repeatedly since and a better option might well be Bold Animaux. Christos Gatis' charge has won two of his four starts and was fourth last time in a decent allowance optional claimer here. His trainer has an excellent record with horses moving from allowance races into claimers and he can prove too strong for maiden claimer winner I'm A Big Hitter. 

In the fourth race (21:16 GMT) at Turf Paradise, Weekend Winger looks overpriced at 7 on the Morning Line. There isn't much between several of the runners on recent form, and anyone backing the selection has to forgive a poor run last time out when behind a couple of these, but he got into a front-running duel that day wide on the track and is better judged on his previous patiently-ridden second in a similar event on turf here, the only time he has raced on the grass. He's every chance on that effort and the forecast favourite Bench Ruling, another who didn't run so well last time, has yet to race on turf.   
  
On a low-key day in the States the best bet of the day may well be Litigious in the seventh race (02:44 GMT) at Charles Town, a handicap for fillies and mares over the specialist four-and-a-half furlong trip. As usual with American handicaps there isn't a wide range of weights - just 9lb - but unusually those at the top look vulnerable while Litigious right at the bottom makes plenty of appeal. Her last-time-out victory over course and distance in a good time with all her opponents strung out behind looks to have been underestimated by the weights compiler and she should be nearer 5.6 than the 7 forecast by the Morning Line. 

Timeform US SmartPlays

Race 2 Tampa Bay (18:00 GMT) win back #4 BOLD ANIMAUX at 3.814/5 or longer
Race 4 Turf Paradise (21:16 GMT) win back #2 WEEKEND WINGER at 5.69/2 or longer
Race 7 Charles Town (02:44 GMT) win back #7 LITIGIOUS at 5.69/2 or longer


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