Epsom Placepot: Monday August 26

Our Bank Holiday Placepot comes from Epsom

Placepot funds are likely to be thinly-spread on this Bank Holiday Monday, so a small-stakes perm at one of the bigger meetings makes sense.

"Perhaps it’s because she’s had few chances, but the unexposed Dodina hasn’t run a bad race in her career so far and has been generally forward-going all the while to boot."

14:00 - In the opening maiden we have an experienced two-year-old who has run up to a level that would probably see him placed in this contest on each of his last three starts. Lincoln is the colt in question; with his stamina ensured and his suitability for sharp tracks likewise he is a sound choice for a banker, even in a field of seven.

14:30 - Perhaps it's because she's had few chances, but the unexposed Dodina hasn't run a bad race in her career so far and has been generally forward-going all the while to boot. There are unknowns that come with the territory of taking lightly-raced horses, in this case Dodina is unproven at Epsom and is yet to race over so sharp a course, but going it alone with her looks more attractive than making a strong case for any of her rivals.

15:05 - Three have already pulled out of this sprint handicap at the time of writing. It's not an easy leg to negotiate, but in five-furlong races at Epsom there's always an angle, normally that of raw speed. We have two runners in here who fit the profile for Epsom, and while neither Fair Value nor Jedward is unerringly consistent, the former runs at least as many good races as poor ones while the latter has had excuses for her last two starts and had been in good heart prior to that.

15:40 - At first glance, Tha'ir looks to have completely the wrong profile for a Placepot banker, having followed good runs with bad ones all year. However, he's the likeliest winner on form, and closer inspection reveals legitimate excuses for his flops earlier in the summer. He's easily the best of the five left in this race, and anything approaching his best over a trip he's comfortable over should result in victory with him dropped in grade.

16:15 - The Amateur Derby doesn't boast the calibre of horse to match its grand billing, but what it has in common with its namesake is a lack of Epsom experience among the contenders. We therefore have to get creative, and as luck would have it two of the in-form entrants, Beacon Lady and Azrag, promise to be suited be the track. Beacon Lady is well known as a Brighton specialist, and that course has a similarly rolling topography to Epsom, while Azrag has plenty of experience on both sharp and undulating tracks, both in the case of Catterick where he recently finished third.

16:50 - Persepolis has to be respected given connections and the small matter of his 12-length win in a maiden last time. He's only 7 lb higher than when he last entered handicap company and could be a lot better than that suggests. However, against him we have Breaking The Bank, who is in the form of his life and gives his running far more often than not. As far as the Placepot's concerned he's the better option, with a further two places presently up for grabs should Persepolis blow the race apart. 

14:00 - 3
14:30 - 4
15:05 - 5, 7
15:40 - 5
16:15 - 2, 4
16:50 - 8

= 4 lines

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