Epsom Placepot: Sunday September 30

Sunday's Placepot comes to you from Epsom

Timeform's Tony McFadden takes the long trip south to have a go at the Epsom Placepot...

John Biscuit's inability to make an impression at York last time is understandable given the competitive nature of that contest, and he may find things easier here...

14:15- Beedee and Medicoe, two of the more experienced juveniles, are the pair we will rely on to negotiate this competitive opening contest. The former was a convincing winner at Kempton last time, having previously shaped with promise when making his handicap debut at Newmarket, and he can put his experience to good use here. Medicoe is proving to be fairly consistent, running to a similar level on his last four starts, and, although that should not be good enough to win, he might be capable of securing a top-three finish.

14:45- With only three runners remaining the sensible plan may be to include all of them, thus guaranteeing progression to the third leg. If pushed, Janoub Nibraas would be the first choice, but it would be no surprise to see Gabrial's Kaka go close, whilst you cannot rule out the possibility of Linguine being first pasta the post. We will take no chances and include all three runners.

15:20- There is a strong possibility that Campanology isn't particularly well treated, but he has largely been performing with credit this year and should give another good account here. Not all horses take a liking to Epsom, but Andrew Balding's Benzanno has made the frame on the three occasions he has raced at the venue and, with his trainer remaining in good form, can do so again.

15:55- John Biscuit has developed into a useful handicapper, winning at this venue earlier in the season and putting up good placed efforts at Ascot. His inability to make an impression at York last time is understandable given the competitive nature of that contest, and he may find things easier here. We will bank on him to see us through.

16:30- Confidence isn't particularly high as we tackle this competitive Apprentices' Derby, but the first horse to have on our side may be Mark Johnston's filly Rhythmic. A winner on her latest start at Newcastle, Rhythmic has only incurred a 3 lb rise in the weights for that success and may still be fairly treated. Jockeyship will prove crucial in this contest and Michael J M Murphy, who has established himself as a talented rider, is a positive booking. Harry Buckle travelled well at Kempton last time on his return from a 13-week absence and can build on that effort here. He is also worth including in the 'pot'.

17:00- The step up in trip looks sure to conjure some improvement from Sunpass, and he will be our sole selection in the final leg. John Gosden's colt is gradually progressing and produced his best effort here last time when finishing third. With further improvement still to come, it should be difficult to keep him out of the places.

Selections:
14:15- 1, 4
14:45- 1, 2, 3
15:20- 1, 7
15:55- 4
16:30- 14, 15
17:00- 6
= 24 lines

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