USA Racing Tips

Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday 4 May

US horse racing
Timeform focus on the US action at Churchill Downs

Timeform pick out the three best bets at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

  • Timeform pick out the best bets in the US

Churchill Downs - R10 (21:31)- Back #11 Hoist the Gold

This looks quite a soft race for a Grade 1 but last year's runner-up HOIST THE GOLD has the form edge and can go one better without the likes of a Cody's Wish in this lineup. Three Technique has been working well in the build up to his 2024 return, whilst Zozos can make the trifecta.

Churchill Downs - R11 (22:27) - Back #11 Naval Power

Quite an open race with NAVAL POWER just about getting the verdict. He's won both starts over this distance and we probably haven't yet seen what he's fully capable of. The two Chad Brown runners, I'm Very Busy and Program Trading, look the next pair to be concentrating on in an intriguing Grade 1.

Churchill Downs - R12 (23:57) - Back #17 Fierceness

FIERCENESS is a standout on form and will be very tough to stop as he bids to add another Grade 1 to his haul despite the wide draw. Sierra Leone goes from strength to strength and may prove next best, whilst the unbeaten Forever Young looks a formidable challenger from Japan.


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