Timeform's Joe Nordoff heads to Beverley's Hilary Needler meeting for the Placepot...
"William Haggas has his string in fine fettle at present and Heeraat looks the one to be with in leg four..."
18:35 - No points for originality with the first of today's Placepot selections, with Defendant selected to kick us off in what looks a very un-competitive affair. Sir Michael Stoute's colt has performed respectably to date and, with the opposition looking thin on the ground as well as three places up for grabs, we will side with Ryan Moore's only mount of the day to get us off to a good start.
19:05 - Leg two may be smaller in number but looks a tricky contest nonetheless; for that reason it looks best to side with two selections to see us through, beginning with Classic Punch, who used to keep much better company in his hay day for David Elsworth. He proved himself still able when winning over C&D on debut for his new yard earlier this month and ought to go well off just a 2lb higher mark. With the races' trappy nature we will perm him with Demolition who looks ideally suited to this trip and ran as though returning to form at Ripon on his latest start.
19:35 - Mops Angel got no sort of run in the Brocklesby on debut, and made up for her misfortune when winning nicely at Pontefract last time. As an added plus last year's winner of this race, Jadanna, took the same Pontefract maiden in similar fashion before going on to better things. We will take a chance that Michael Appleby's filly can take us through and keep the lines down.
20:05 - William Haggas has his string in fine fettle at present and Heeraat looks the one to be with in leg four. Generally progressive last season, he helped force a strong gallop in the Palace House Stakes when finishing a respectable fourth behind craic sprinter Sole Power on his latest start. Haggas has a 33% strike rate with older horses here in recent seasons and this fellow should be on the premises.
20:35 - In what looks an even trickier handicap than leg two, it again seems sensible to go with a couple against the field to keep us in the game. With many in the line-up having question marks surrounding them for one reason or another, we will go with the two last time out winners. Mad Jazz who won over 1 ¼ miles at Pontefract last time, but could hardly have been more impressive and she ought to cope with this extra 2f. Flamingo Beat relished the test over C&D last time, (asserting cosily close home), he also should be in the shake-up.
21:05 - It would be rather soul destroying to go out in the final leg, an intriguing 3-y-o handicap, and for that reason we once again take two against the field to finish off. Mark Johnston's Mushaakis strung together a pair of taking victories on the polytrack last autumn and his return effort was very respectable in the context of this race at Kempton last time; he should get competitive. Tim Easterby's Medici Dancer was unlucky at Doncaster earlier this month and has shaped as though a step up to this trip is what she needs, the plum draw in stall 1 is a major bonus.
18:35 - 4
19:05 - 3, 4
19:35 - 9
20:05 - 6
20:35 - 1, 4
21:05 - 1, 2
= 8 lines
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