Ascot Placepot: Friday 26 July

The in-form Sir Michael Stoute trains one of today's selections

We look to go through the card at Ascot in search of Friday's Placepot...

"The two horses she led home at Brighton a week prior have both won twice since, and we may not have seen the best of her yet..."

14:00 - There are plenty of well-bred newcomers in this fillies' maiden, and to some extent the market will provide some useful pointers. However Full Day looked to have ability when eased down to a two-and-a-quarter-lengths third to Emirates Galloper at Sandown last time, and she is sure to progress on that effort and should figure here. Raajis is another to keep onside considering the rampant form the Hannon team is in currently; he shaped much better than his seventh of 15 at Newbury last time suggested and will come on a lot for the experience.

14:35 - The Andrew Balding-trained Rizal Park, who has shown steady progression on each of her three starts to date, gets the nod in this juvenile handicap. She shed her maiden tag last time out when scoring by a neck from Deeds Not Words, although from a form perspective her second at Chester in May to Rosso Corsa should prove of more interest in the future. Improvement is expected now she finds herself in nursery company. 

15:10 - A tightly-knit field on Timeform ratings despite there being only six runners, but the Sir Michael Stoute trained Mawaqeet should figure at the business end of this two-mile handicap. He has performed consistently since getting off the mark at Hamilton last summer over 11 furlongs, but found this longer trip to his liking last time out when he was unlucky not to record the second win of his career. He can make amends in this contest and should run well.

15:45 - The Ed Dunlop-trained Auction is the first pick in this valuable listed handicap over a mile, and she should get back to winning ways after shaping better than her fourth suggested at Sandown last time. She ran into a filly of some promise in Integral that day, and should go closer here providing she gets a clearer run. The second pick is the horse who finished one place in front at Sandown on Eclipse day, the useful Light Up My Life. Her placed effort on that occasion could turn out to be a good piece of form, and the fitting of cheekpieces this time may bring about an improved result. 

16:20 - A small-but-select field line up for this intriguing 10-furlong contest, and Sennockian Star looks the likely candidate to lead them home and thus justifies selection. He sits 4 lb clear on weight-adjusted Timeform ratings, and was last seen chasing home smart Godolphin performer Tha'ir at Newmarket. This tough and genuine performer is likely to respond well to pressure if troubled and seems to be thriving currently; he should be tough to beat.

16:50 - The final race on today's card is a 14-runner, five-furlong handicap and Langley Vale is the first pick; she and can be forgiven her recent third at Epsom after the jockey went for home a little too soon. However the two horses she led home at Brighton a week prior to that effort have both won twice since, and we may not have seen the best of her yet. We must forgive the second selection Gladiatrix a modest effort last time as well, yet she has proven she can bounce back quickly and it may prove profitable to trust her to do so here. 

Selections:
14:00 - 4,16
14:35 - 4
15:10 - 3
15:45 - 9,10
16:20 - 3
16:50 - 1,7
= 8 lines


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