We arrive at Doncaster for today's Placepot through process of elimination as much as anything else, but the card on Town Moor does look potentially lucrative...
"...it’s fairly easy to blame the extended seven-furlong trip for Clubland’s relatively rare flop last time and he can be expected to bounce back returned to sprint distances."
17:35 - The two best prospects in the opening maiden are almost certainly Godolphin's Life Partner and Cheveley Park's Cosseted, but they both looked short on experience during their latest start, so only the very well-bred Life Partner makes the cut, his odds more generous at this stage. Couple him up with Disco Inferno, who has looked a quick learner so far and, although not as promising as the above-mentioned pair, has form that can probably compete with them today.
18:10 - Although another maiden, leg two looks a more appealing prospect, at least in terms of how easy it will be to progress. The race in which Practising finished second on debut would be at least as strong as this and the hope is that she'll improve for the experience. Given she's bred for middle distances next year, a slightly longer trip would have been ideal, but even average progress from first run to second ought to see Ralph Beckett's filly comfortably in the first three.
18:45 - We can quickly identify a couple of relatively consistently sprinters in this race who should take us through to leg four. Ypres has been running over five furlongs so far this year, putting up a career-best when winning at Ripon last time, but he has proved himself over six in the past and certainly hasn't shaped like a raw speedball in recent starts. Going the opposite way, it's fairly easy to blame the extended seven-furlong trip for Clubland's relatively rare flop last time and he can be expected to bounce back returned to sprint distances.
19:15 - This eight-runner event looks an ideal opportunity to bank, with prime candidates being Huntsmans Close and Royal Guinevere. There's a real temptation to go with Huntsmans Close at almost twice the price, but he's been struggling to see his races out this year so Royal Guinevere has to get the nod, her profile a consistent and gradually-progressive one.
19:50 - Another banker in leg five. It had been thought that Elle Woods was a sprinter, and true enough her recent runs have had speed as their main hallmark, but if she can see out the best part of seven furlongs at Carlisle she can see out a full seven at Doncaster, so there's no reason to think she can't keep up her good run outside of Cumbria.
20:25 - Several unexposed sorts lurk in this closing three-year-old event, while a precarious eight-runner field makes things even more difficult. Yul Finegold has to make it in, running more good races than bad in his six-start career so far and sure to prove best over middle distances in time. Second spot goes to Aneedh, who had been similar dependable prior to a disappointing run last time; that race was muddling and he can be excused, especially considering he ought to be stay this far on pedigree.
17:35 - 3, 7
18:10 - 7
18:45 - 2, 3
19:15 - 5
19:50 - 4
20:25 - 1, 5
= 8 lines
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