There’s not long to go until the first Classics of the British Flat racing season get underway at Newmarket over the weekend, but before that there’s some good action across the pond at Belmont Park on Friday evening.

William Hill’s US racing expert, Nick Luck, has previewed the best of it.

Former Simcock-trained filly can open her stateside account

The former David Simcock-trained BREDENBURY can open her US account for Graham Motion and John Velaquez in Race 8 (10:04pm) at Belmont Park on Friday evening.

The quietly campaigned daughter of hot stallion Night of Thunder was thought good enough for a shot at the Duchess of Cambridge last season and, though she came up short, showed that she ought to at least make up into a stakes performer stateside.

Understandably, her new trainer has looked to step her up in distance, but she has shown plenty of speed and it’s my view that this cut back to six furlongs may suit. This is a difficult group to weigh up – coming out of all kinds of distance, class and layoff – but the Chad Brown-trained Voting Agreement is likely to take plenty of money while Lost Ticket and China Silk are both valid.

Mother Mother can take feature for Baffert

After a pretty wretched couple of weeks for Bob Baffert, there may some token cheer for the stable via MOTHER MOTHER in the feature stakes race for fillies and mares (10:36pm).

This is a pretty spicy race of its type: Royal Charlotte is unbeaten at track and trip, Chalon is rock solid and can run well off a layoff, Honey I’m Good is likely to be blazing away unharried up front, and Gypsy Janie could be sneaky first up for a good new trainer.

All that said, Mother Mother has been knocking heads with some of the best in the division and has an edge in terms of race fitness for good measure.

No Monkey business at Belmont

Earlier in the day, MONKEYSEEMONKEYDO can break her maiden at the seventh time of asking in the maiden claiming (8:27pm).

Her trainer Mike Maker has a good record both in this grade and with horses coming off a break. This horse has evidently not been easy to train, but his recent workouts look as though he will not need much more conditioning, and this could be the time to catch him at what looks a very realistic level. Abrupt and Basie both drop in grade for top stables, but the selection should at least make them run.

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