Fakenham Placepot: Sunday May 27

Fakenham is the scene for Sunday's placepot

Timeform's Joe Szekeres tackles Fakenham's card this afternoon as he offers readers a 12-line placepot permutation...

"Balustrade is arguably one of the most consistent runners in an otherwise weak affair and he is the main selection in the final leg..."

14:25 - Forever My Friend can be overlooked in the opener on a consistency basis and instead we're going to go with Mudita Moment, who has produced a Timeform performance rating close to his very best on the majority of his racecourse starts. It would be a surprise if he were to finish outside of the places in a race where three pay and he represents banker material.

14:55 - Ifonlyalfie looks the type to make up into a fair handicap chaser and he can defy his current mark on just his fifth start over the larger obstacles. His jumping will hopefully hold together, something that has been a problem for him in recent starts, and his strong-travelling nature should hold him in good stead on the likely fast ground. We're also going to take Mr Demister, who looks open to progression after a recent victory at Wincanton in a similar contest. The pair should be good enough to see us through in what could prove a tricky second leg.

15:30 - The two-mile-five-furlong handicap chase is the best race on the card and Taffy Thomas is an obvious choice, a Timeform top-rated selection who could be even better than his recent form suggests. Taffy Thomas has won his one and only start over fences so far, and the way he jumped and responded to pressure that day suggested he could be the one to beat despite a 7 lb rise in the weights.

16:05 - Art History produced solid form on his latest start at Newbury for John Ferguson and the juvenile should be superior to his eight rivals in the maiden hurdle. Kian's Delight is the main danger based on ratings but he shaped as if in need of a stiffer trip and Persian Herald serves as our insurance policy in the fourth, that one likely to improve for an encouraging debut at Plumpton.

16:40 - Escort'men is head and shoulders above these on ratings and he looks another banker in a race where it would be a surprise were he unable to win, let alone place. His jumping hasn't always been the most reliable but today's race represents a big drop in grade and Paul Nicholls' gelding should have what it takes to reward punters.

17:10 - Balustrade is arguably one of the most consistent runners in an otherwise weak final leg and he is the main selection. He can't be banked on, however, so we're also going to take Galley Slave and Bach on Tow, the former the Timeform top-rated runner, whilst the latter could improve significantly for his first start in a handicap.


14:25 - 5
14:55 - 7, 11
15:30 - 9
16:05 - 4, 7
16:40 - 3
17:10 - 1, 3, 9
=12 lines

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