Ascot Placepot: Saturday July 25

Golden Horn is the star in the King George VI Stakes, but his participation is not definite
Golden Horn is the star in the King George VI Stakes, but his participation is not definite

Ascot's King George day Placepot has been pretty lucrative in recent times and that is where we head for today's attempt...

"Peril looks banker material in our last leg...

13:30 - Hard to completely discount any of the field in this tricky four-runner affair, but the most likely two are Mark Johnston's Sixth Sense, who should go on the ground according to pedigree (sire a Group 1 winner on soft ground), and Manaafidh, who was very impressive on his debut victory at Newmarket and should have plenty more to offer in time.

14:05 - Rah Rah returns to softer ground for the first time since her maiden win at Chester earlier in the season and having already proven herself effective on this sort of surface, which cannot be said for the majority of the field, she looks a good option in the second race for a place. Richard Hannon has a strong hand here which makes Richard Hughes' decision to ride Whatdoiwantthatfor instead of listed winner Great Page all the more significant and she should also be included.

14:40 - This is tricky but Portage is clearly kept in high regard based on his market support in the likes of the Britannia last time, and he should have plenty more to offer with a clearer run today after meeting trouble during that race and not being seen to full effect.

15:15 - Speculative Bid has a lot going for him here returning to the C&D which saw him win the Victoria cup two starts ago, all be it off a 10lb lower mark. Speculative Bid showed that he still has room to manoeuvre from this new mark though last time in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, when shaping far better than his fifth place finish suggested due to meeting trouble at a crucial stage. Lincoln was second to Speculative Bid in the Victoria Cup and continues to improve. He should also be included considering he, like Speculative Bid, is proven on softer ground.

15:50 - At the time of writing Golden Horn remains in the King George VI Stakes, and if taking his chance he should prove hard to beat, despite the concerns about the more extreme ground conditions. We must look elsewhere however in the event he does not race, and a safe option for a place could be found in Snow Sky, who, although probably flattered by the result in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, is proven on softer ground (something which cannot be said for a fair few competitors) and has the assistance of Pat Smullen in the saddle again. Madame Chiang will certainly appreciate underfoot conditions, as a Group 1 winner over C&D on soft ground, and could also pick up a place.

16:25 - Simon Crisford has made a brilliant start to his training career and the switch to his yard did no harm for Peril, who bolted up on handicap debut at Wolverhampton last time out. Peril looks banker material in our last leg, with a good jockey booked and form on testing ground last season, he should be hard to beat.


13:30 - 2,4
14:05 - 5,7
14:40 - 4
15:15 - 4,5
15:50 - 7,9
16:25 - 5

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