Undeterred by the trappy handicaps and enticed by the prospect of a large dividend, Friday's Placepot attempt comes from Ayr...
Best Trip found less than looked likely last time but hails from a good yard and has been running to a consistent level of late; the money he has attracted this morning could be significant...
13:20- Still a maiden after seven starts, the Mick Channon-trained Lincoln is obviously vulnerable to less exposed sorts but he continues to run well and should remain competitive. Lincoln has spurned easier chances than this to get off the mark but another creditable placed effort looks to be on the cards, and that is good enough for us. It could also be worth adding the once-raced Derbyshire. The expensively-purchased Derbyshire was well supported on debut in a traditionally-strong maiden at the Ebor meeting and should benefit from that initial experience.
13:50- Makin The Rules travelled well when finishing second on nursery debut at York, looking unlucky to bump into a well-treated rival, and makes plenty of appeal from the same mark this afternoon. It is also worth adding Kenny The Captain who makes his nursery debut from a fair-looking mark having been value for extra than the two-length winning margin at Newcastle.
14:20- Aetna is obviously feared given her progressive profile and form behind Dutch Masterpiece but she is sure to be carrying plenty of lines and has been off the track for nearly three months, so we will take her on. The first horse we will side with is Mister Manannan. A winner of a listed race at this meeting as a two-year-old, Mister Manannan has largely been on a downward spiral for the last couple of seasons, but he shaped well at Beverley last time, keeping on strongly in the closing stages, and has slipped to a mark that he is more than capable of exploiting. The strong-travelling Imperial Legend was better than ever when winning at Haydock a fortnight ago and has been in good form for much of the season. He merits respect and is also added to the perm. Gowanharry has posted a couple of decent efforts over C&D on his two most recent outings and looks likely to give his running again.
14:50- Desperate to save lines with such tricky handicaps to negotiate, we will bank on Mecca's Angel. Mecca's Angel possibly did a bit too much too soon at York, faring best of those to race close to the pace, and the withdrawal of fellow front-runner Excel's Beauty should be a positive. There is still plenty of pace in the race, though, but with it being less ferocious than once feared we will bank on the speedy Michael Dods-trained filly.
15:20- Moidore had a stiff task against a well-treated three-year-old at Chester last time but still ran well and looks sure to be suited by this stiffer test. A consistent type that will relish conditions, Moidore goes in as our second banker as we look to save lines.
15:50- A fiercely-competitive handicap as you may expect, and we will keep three on our side. Bop It, an impressive winner in the mud at Haydock two weeks ago, makes plenty of appeal for his excellent trainer and could still be open to improvement based on the way he tanked through his race last time. Farlow bounced back to form at Newmarket last time over seven furlongs but he has done much of his racing at this trip and looks like one of the more likely contenders; testing conditions won't inconvenience Richard Fahey's charge. Best Trip found less than looked likely last time but hails from a good yard and has been running to a consistent level of late; the money he has attracted this morning could be significant.
13:20- 5, 8
13:50- 10, 11
14:20- 2, 6, 19
15:50- 3, 6, 8
= 36 lines
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