Doncaster Placepot: Saturday October 26

There's decent racing at Doncaster on Saturday.

Timeform's Matt Gardner tackles the Placepot at Doncaster on Saturday...

"Pinzolo looks just the type, both on paper and physically, to make a proper three-year-old but he is well worth his place at this level right now..."

14:05 - If given a free single bet in this race it would not go on Stubbs, as he is forced to give weight away to a couple of potential improvers in Night Of Thunder and Aeolus, but from a Placepot perspective he is ideal as he is most likely to run his race. The two-year-old, out of Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, is better than he could show in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot when last seen and it could just be that a return to a softer surface will help. We're also going to include Richard Hannon's Night Of Thunder, who made a striking winning debut at Goodwood a fortnight ago and rates as an exciting prospect. 

14:40 - Nicholascopernicus clearly wasn't right earlier in the season but he bounced back to form with a good effort in defeat at York last time and ought to be right in the mix if putting his best foot forward once again. The second one to make the cut is the upwardly mobile Thomas Hobson, who is clearly well suited by ease in the ground and has won three of his four starts since being sent into handicaps. Further progress seems likely, and he should go well.

15:15 - Connections of Jamaican Bolt must have been dreaming of the day that the word "soft" comes up in the going description so, now granted his ideal conditions, he looks to be the perfect starting point in a competitive sprint handicap. Our two other selections in this race are Pearl Blue, who has twice run respectably since returning from a summer break, and Ballesteros, who is at his best when the mud is flying and will find this a bit easier than his recent assignments. 

15:50 - Century could be anything and Chief Barker looks pretty solid, whilst Kingston Hill is clearly on the up, but I was most taken by the performance of Pinzolo in a Newbury minor event last month and he looks banker material in the Racing Post Trophy. He looks just the type, both on paper and physically, to make a proper three-year-old but he is well worth his place at this level right now and seems unlikely to be far away.

16:25 - Mark Johnston's Torchlighter got off the mark in good style at Pontefract last month looks just about the most solid option in the seven furlong nursery so, with further improvement likely, he appeals as being a decent starting point. We're also going to take a chance on Regiment, who's been flying too high in competitive sales races the last twice but this is more realistic and he could just go under the radar of a few this afternoon.

17:00 - The final Placepot leg is a pretty trappy minor event, in which the best starting point looks to be Highland Colori. He is forced to concede 7 lb to his rivals but has the assistance of Oisin Murphy's 5 lb claim and looks the most likely to give of his running. Our insurance option is Free Wheeling, who won twice in Australia, including a Group 2, and finished fifth in a Group 3 at Ascot on his second start in Britain. He's effective on the ground and may yet take his form back up a notch.

14:05 - 1, 5
14:40 - 2, 5
15:15 - 3, 18, 21
15:50 - 8
16:25 - 4, 5
17:00 - 1, 3
= 48 lines

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