US racing tips: Templegate's best bets for the meeting stateside at Tampa Bay Downs on Friday live on Sky Sports Racing



HIFALUTIN almost lived up to her name here last time when finishing a good third in a similar race to this. That was another placed effort and is better form than most of today’s rivals.

La Wapa went well for a long way here last time and looks a fair price to hit the frame again.

Billysbirthdaygirl is taking a drop in grade and has not gone unnoticed in the market on her three starts so far. It would be no surprise to see her go very close in a race that appears to lack depth.

Newcomer Palaces Diamond is worth a look in the market although her yard is not flying at present.


THIRTY NINE SEVEN is turned out quickly after finishing a good second here last time. She has a good record over this trip with three wins and seven places so should be right in the mix again.

Sonoma Storm was run out of it late on last time but she may have needed that first run of the season and is capable of better.

U Know I B Lion is dropping in trip after a modest effort over 7f last time out. She’s much happier over this distance and is having her sights lowered slightly too. She wouldn’t be a surprise winner.


VOLADOR came back from a break with a pretty quiet effort here last time but she should much fitter for the experience. This looks a much softer contest and she’s open to plenty of improvement.

Imaginary Friend was a fair third there last time when fading in the closing stages after not getting the best of runs. There was enough in that performance to suggest she could figure at this level.

West Burke was a little disappointing last time when finishing sixth. But she was just a neck off the pace two starts ago and is capable of bouncing back.

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CHIEF OF JOY comes from a trainer and jockey team that has a high strike rate and they landed a victory with this four-year-old last term. He takes a fair drop in class here and has no issues with the distance.

Fine Spirit landed a convincing win here last time when powering home strongly. This slightly longer trip holds no fears and another bold bid is expected.

Snow Lion was just over a length off the pace here last time and should appreciate moving up in distance as he does today. Trainer Thomas Foley is in decent form which is another plus.


MAST COVE has a good record over this trip and has two wins and two places from just five starts at the track. She was beaten in a head-bobber last time over this distance and has landed five wins when teaming up with jockey Scott Spieth.

Alluring Approval has really approved since moving to trainer William March with a win and two seconds from her last three outings. She was just half a length off the leader here latest and should be right in the mix again.

J P’S Gia didn’t get much luck in running when behind Alluring Approval last time but was in good form earlier and can bounce back.


VAUNT showed lots of promise when coming back from almost a year off to finish second here last time. She was right in the shake-up until tiring in the closing stages, which is understandable. She’l be fitter now and and drops to her favourite distance.

Sugar Fix has been in cracking form with two wins and two seconds from her past four runs – although she lost one of those victories in the stewards’ room. This trip is ideal and she’ll be right there again.

Zodiac Princess put in her best effort for a while when beaten two lengths here last time. She takes a drop in class today which will help.


INDIAN GULCH landed five wins and five places last season and put in some good performances in the process. He is at home over this trip and he has a strong record in this class.

Josie’s Riddle is two from three when tackling this distance and is another taking a drop down the grades which should boost his chance.

Das Da One had more than six lengths in hand when winning here last time so shouldn’t be worried about taking on better horses today. He’s relatively lightly raced and could take a step forward.


VI HAINES showed lots of promise when third on her debut at Tampa Bay last time out. She was coming back from almost a year off so was entitled to need the run. She led for a long way before just folding late on. She should do better with the benefit of that outing.

Factor Around has looked a little rusty this season but she has some decent form in the book, including over this trip, and could well hit the frame.

Lipstikliesnlovers hasn’t shown a lot so far but is taking a drop in grade here after a couple of runs at Gulfstream and it’s still early days after just three outings.

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