Doncaster Placepot: Thursday July 24

Racing comes from Doncaster on Thursday
Racing comes from Doncaster on Thursday

Doncaster's evening card makes the most appeal from a Placepot perspective on Thursday...

"Providing the early pace is generous then Khabita looks sure to play a hand in the finish..."

17:45 -  We kick off proceedings with a seven-furlong maiden and the first to keep on side is Bold Spirit, who should be suited by the step up in trip and has shown some promise in maidens behind subsequent winners Lightning Moon and Polybius. The other to get the nod is Country Drive, who has some good form behind English and Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder and looks sure to be involved in the finish.
 
18:15 - It's another seven-furlong maiden under consideration next and there are plenty of newcomers who merit some interest on paper. However the first vote goes to Basateen on the back of his highly encouraging start at Newmarket earlier in the month with the expectation that he improves from it. Milady Eileen is the other to keep on side after the form of her run behind Flaming Spear was boosted with Moonlightnaviagtor's victory on Tuesday. 

18:45 - Given that Layla's Hero ran up a sequence in his younger days he's taken to do the same again under a penalty for his ready Ayr success on Monday, and he is the first to make the cut for the six-furlong handicap which is up next. Monsieur Royale is the other selection after shaping well behind subsequent winner Gambino in a Musselburgh handicap and slipping to a potentially dangerous mark. 

19:20 - It's another six-furlong handicap up next and providing the early pace is generous then Khabita looks sure to play a hand in the finish; the hood is reached for again and if he's in the same form as when a fast-finishing second at Nottingham last time he looks a danger to all. The other who is hard to ignore is Syrian Pearl, who completed the hat-trick in some style at Leicester last time and looks to be improving fast enough to defy a 9 lb rise in what looks a more competitive contest.

19:55 - A sole selection will suffice in the seven-furlong fillies' handicap which follows and Etaab won with more in hand than the margin of victory suggests at Yarmouth last time and can continue on her upward curve by taking this evening's prize.

20:30 - Providing the perm is still alive at this point we must pin all our hopes on a single selection once again in the shape of Frosty The Snowman who has caught the eye with his finishing efforts at Nottingham and Pontetract over this trip the last twice. He appears to have benefitted from being ridden with more restraint and can make the frame here for the in-form Ruth Carr.

Selections:

17:45 - 3,9
18:15 - 1,11
18:45 - 2,15
19:20 - 3,6
19:55 - 4
20:30 - 7

= 16 Lines

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