Britain's only remaining jumps card at Catterick comes under the spotlight for Monday's Placepot...
"Blake Dean isn’t the most imaginative, though his profile is ideal for the Placepot."
13:50 - The bad news is that leg one is a four-runner affair. The better news is that it's the only one on the card at the time of writing, while we're not in a position where we have to take them all. I Need Gold sets a reasonable standard and will almost certainly beat Generous Chief and Yukon Delta. Capote is a different matter, his pedigree and point form suggesting he is a fairly useful prospect in the least. As a result, he also goes in.
14:20 - Leg two is a tricky proposition. Gold Show and Hawaii Five Nil are the most appealing, though they're not the usual sort of Placepot horses: both are making their handicap debut today. They're not up against much, though, so it'd be fair to expect at least one of them to make the first three.
14:50 - Leg three is competitive despite the numbers. A banker is risky, before even mentioning the precarious position of a five-strong field, yet we're in need of one. Mitchell's Way doesn't have sufficient experience, while Diocles is far from certain to be suited by the trip. Pinerolo has taken well to chasing, but Alderbrook Lad's far greater experience and recent consistency make him the most sensible choice.
15:20 - Blake Dean isn't the most imaginative, though his profile is ideal for the Placepot. Two wins and two seconds on his last four starts tell us that he is a thriving handicapper, while the step up in trip will probably be more of a positive than a negative.
15:50 - Union Jack d'Ycy is interesting, but we don't yet know enough about him to place our perm solely in his hands. Real Milan is a better prospect in those terms. He has been dropped a couple of pounds for a perfectly creditable second to the well-handicapped Rose of The Moon at Wetherby last time. This easier track should suit, too.
16:20 - This mare's bumper is typically lacking in depth, so there's no call for finesse: Star Lily created a favourable impression when winning on her debut and all being well should follow up. She goes in alone.
13:50 - 3, 4
14:20 - 2, 4
14:50 - 4
15:20 - 7
15:50 - 1
16:20 - 1
= 4 lines