It's Champions Day at Ascot and, following a successful permutation at Cheltenham yesterday, Timeform's Matt Gardner is confident of landing the Placepot...
"Frankel will win this race. Stick him in as a banker, sit back and enjoy what is likely to be the great horse’s final appearance..."
13:45 - I liked Colour Vision in the opening race earlier in the week but, as a Placepot selection, fellow Godolphin inmate Opinion Poll makes greater appeal, with the ground holding no fears and the six-year-old being incredible consistent. It is also worth including Aiken, who has lost little in defeat on each of his last two starts, is another who will relish the conditions and could well prove suited by this sort of test. A double-up, or Opinion Poll missing out and Aiken making the places alongside two at bigger prices, would be an excellent result.
14:20 - Society Rock landed the golden Jubilee on soft ground last year and, having won the Haydock Sprint Cup on his most recent start, defeating the likes of Wizz Kid and Gordon Lord Byron, he is going to be difficult to beat, let alone keep out of the places. The one to stick in alongside him is Restiadargent who, if returning to the form of her third to Black Caviar at the Royal meeting, would have an excellent chance of making the first three here.
14:55 - This is where the fun starts as we embark on a series of four bankers, including the big-field apprentice handicap at the end of the card. The third leg is the Fillies' And Mares' Stakes and can be won by the Dermot Weld-trained Sapphire, who is at home under these conditions and is likely to take some beating. Dancing Rain is difficult to support after 11 months off and Great Heavens had a pretty hard race in the Arc, which could leave this at the mercy of Sapphire.
15:30 - Were I having a single win bet in this race it would probably go on Carlton House at his current price of 10.519/2, but from a Placepot perspective there is very little point in taking on Excelebration, who is nailed on to at least make the places. Banker.
16:05 - Frankel will win this race. Stick him in as a banker, sit back and enjoy what is likely to be the great horse's final appearance.
16:45 - Many would look at this race, see 29 runners in opposition and instantly assume that you have to stick in 28 to have any realistic chance of making it through. Not true, as one selection will suffice. Jack Dexter has rapidly developed into a near-smart performer, running away with the Ayr Bronze Cup on his most recent start. A 9 lb rise will not inconvenience him as much as the ground will many of his rivals, and he looks a good bet to bring home the goods.
13:45 - 1, 7
14:20 - 10, 15
14:55 - 4
15:30 - 3
16:05 - 3
16:45 - 16
= 4 lines
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