Ascot Placepot: Sunday July 27

Today's attempt at the Placepot comes from Ascot
Today's attempt at the Placepot comes from Ascot

It's the third day of Ascot's King George meeting and that is where we head for Sunday's attempt at the Placepot...

14:30- A tricky opening to proceedings with five newcomers going to post, but we will play it safe by siding with Auspicion and Desert Force, both of whom represent powerful yards. Auspicion's trainer William Haggas is in red-hot form at the moment and, as a half-brother to Molecomb Stakes winner Enticing, Auspicion has plenty of speed in his pedigree. The Hannon yard took this prize last year and Desert Force, a 140,000gns yearling purchase, makes a lot of appeal on paper. 

15:05- Double Bluff had little chance up against Postponed in a listed contest at Hamilton but he kept on in pleasing fashion to secure second place and shouldn't be dismissed, for all that he doesn't seem especially well treated. Double Bluff hails from a yard in good form and, as a three-year-old up against older horses, he receives a handy weight allowance which should see him go close. It is also worth including Chancery as he shaped well in the John Smith's Cup last time, faring best of those held up, and he can usually be relied upon to give his running.

15:40-The unexposed Polybius won in taking fashion at Windsor on Monday and he could still have plenty more to offer. Polybius has been a rare bright spot for the David Lanigan yard this season, but recent signs from the yard have been more encouraging (he also sent out Bold Lass to win) and there is every chance that Polybius will feel the benefit, taking his form to another level.

16:15- It could be worth taking a chance on handicap debutant Mantou as he has the profile of one that will improve markedly upped in trip for his handicap bow. Mantou caught the eye in no uncertain terms at Doncaster last time, staying on well under considerate handling, and it would be a surprise if he didn't have more to offer. The unbeaten Agent Murphy is another that hasn't reached the limit of his potential and should give a good account. His latest victory has worked out well and he should appreciate this slight step up in trip having found plenty under pressure at Sandown.

16:50- Solar Magic has made a bright start to her career, finishing a close-up fourth on debut before running creditably here having been fast-tracked to a useful fillies' event. She appeals as banker material on her return from a break. 

17:20- A competitive sprint handicap wraps things up at Ascot and we will first turn to last year's winner Barnet Fair. Barnet Fair is able to race off the same mark that he defied last year, and he warmed up for this with a creditable effort over C&D, not beaten far in sixth. Ahead of him that day was Robot Boy, and we will also include David Barron's thriving sprinter in the permutation. He has really come good this season, bolting up in the Gosforth Park Cup on his penultimate start, and his run of form looks set to continue.

14:30- 1, 2
15:05- 2, 8
15:40- 1
16:15- 1, 6
16:50- 4
17:20- 3, 10
= 16 lines

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