Ascot Placepot: Sunday March 29

Sunday's Placepot comes from Ascot
Sunday's Placepot comes from Ascot

A quality Sunday jumps card at Ascot is the focus of Timeform's Placepot perm.

"Top Gamble makes scant appeal from a win perspective, a mark of 153 demanding him to be of near-Grade 1 standard, but he’s reliable and could well make the first three."

14:00 - Market leader Vintage Vinnie doesn't have the chance on form that the betting would suggest- this is a competitive seven-runner maiden. Two of the juveniles in the field, Albahar and Hoist The Colours, both stayed beyond 12 furlongs on the Flat and are therefore expected to get this trip over jumps. Though necessarily a bit inexperienced in this sphere, both have a better chance on form than prices imply.

14:30 - We'll take bankers where we can on a card as competitive as this. Puffin Billy and Thomas Crapper stand out in this novice field and, while it's highly possible that they'll finish first and second, we have more faith in Thomas Crapper taking his place in the first two.

15:05 - On form, Zarib really stands out. There would be a slight concern about him getting up the hill, as in the Fred Winter when he shaped better than his eventual sixth-placed finish, but the power of that form leads us to think that, come what may, he'll end up in the first three here.

15:40 - Top Gamble makes scant appeal from a win perspective, a mark of 153 demanding him to be of near-Grade 1 standard, but he's reliable and could well make the first three. Chris Pea Green is of far more interest as a handicapper and has a profile that's nearly as solid as Top Gamble- he was in the process of running a strong race in the Grand Annual last time off this mark when falling four out.

16:10 - Few of these veterans are truly reliable. Relax arguably has the strongest recent record, his second to Soll at Newbury last time when he was clear of the rest appealing as strong form in this company. Five Star Wilsham also gets a nomination, having proved often enough that he's competitive, if not exactly chucked in, from his current mark.

16:45 - The race that Morito du Berlais was sixth in last time, a Pertemps Qualifier at Exeter, appeals as extremely strong form despite the fact it was steadily run. Though competitive, this is nowhere near as cut-throat and with Sean Bowen up Morito du Berlais can get back on the progressive track.

Selections:
14:00 - 5, 6
14:30 - 4
15:05 - 3
15:40 - 1, 4
16:10 - 4, 8
16:45 - 3

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