Last time out on Friday, we went two for three in places in our US Racing column, which focuses on Extra Place Races Stateside. As always we only pick from horses outside the top three according to the Morning Line and after a Monday where nothing caught his fancy, Neil Monnery eyes up some options for Tuesday…

US Racing Tips – Tuesday 25 July, 2023

  • Back Blake’s Ryen e/w in the 18:20 at Thistledown @ SP
  • Back Royal Kaz e/w in the 18:44 at Finger Lakes @ SP
  • Back Awesomely Shy e/w in the 20:50 at Thistledown at SP

In the 18:20 at Thistledown, a three-year-old who broke his maiden first-time out appears to have favourable odds. Blake’s Ryen didn’t exactly pull up trees in terms of speed figures in that race just three weeks ago but it was a solid enough initial run. I’d expect a small step forward second-time out and that would put him firmly in the mix. When you consider he’s listed as the joint-fifth choice in the betting, it feels like a fair punt.

Sandwiched between my two selections at Thistledown this evening is one from the 18:44 at Finger Lakes where the fourth choice in the Morning Line is Royal Kaz, who has finished second in three of his past six races at the New York track. This six-year-old has been consistently fast throughout his career and whilst two lacklustre runs have impacted her odds, that does offer potential value.

That second and final selection from Thistledown and this is a real longshot but I am always interested when a horse is coming off a bad run and sees their odds inflate. Awesomely Shy had a fine winter up at Mountaineer Park, winning once and finishing second twice in her three starts. A trip to Belterra Park in April though was a real disappointment with a fifth place and a significantly smaller speed figure. Another new track but if she gets up to her winter numbers, has every chance to win and has opened as the sixth choice in the betting from seven runners.

As always you can check out all of Betfred’s Extra Place Races both for UK and US Racing via the link and all of these selections are from races paying out three races rather than two.

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