Goodwood Placepot: Saturday May 26

Goodwood is the scene for today's placepot attempt

Goodwood makes as much appeal as any for a card to tackle the placepot...

This race revolves around Alan King’s smart hurdler Grumeti, a Grade 1 winner at Aintree in April

14:15 - A tricky race to start, with unexposed and improving 3-y-os, but only two in the race carry the Timeform 'p' - Opinion and Misdemeanour - and they're the ones to be interested in. Sir Michael Stoute's Opinion was a big improver when winning at Windsor in April, albeit on very different ground to today, and has scope to do better still, while Richard Hannon's filly, Misdemeanour, was unbeaten in two starts on all-weather as a juvenile and should give a good account on this return.

14:45 - Stoute could again hold the key, this time with Fiorente, who won a maiden last year before going on to finish runner-up in the King Edward VII and the Gordon Stakes. Fiorente seemed to need his reappearance in the Jockey Club Stakes and has the speed to cope with dropping back in trip, for all he will get further. His main market rival Retrieve is of interest, having shown more like his Australian form when winning at Lingfield last time, but instead it's worth taking a chance on the solid Cai Shen who finished third behind him that day, having again not been seen to best advantage.

15:20 - This race revolves around Alan King's smart hurdler Grumeti, a Grade 1 winner at Aintree in April. He was successful on his return to the Flat earlier this month and, from a revised mark of 89, he really ought to be up to winning this never mind placing, so he's a banker.

15:55 - Only three of them in this maiden have raced and, of them, it's Michael Bell's Kimberella (a brother to Park and Challenge Stakes winner Arabian Gleam) who promised most, fifth in a well-contested race at Newmarket. Among the newcomers, the market strength behind Jeremy Noseda's The Gold Cheongsam is probably significant, so she's also worth having on side.

16:25 - Sean Moon progressed into a high-class performer last year, winning the Great Voltigeur before going on to finish third in the Leger and second in the Breeders' Cup Turf in America, but he doesn't necessarily have as much in hand of Dandino (drops back to a more suitable trip on just second start for James Fanshawe) as the prices suggest, if he's back to his old self, so it's best to include both, the other two in the field well behind on ratings.

17:00 - My Kingdom remains in top form judged on his latest effort, shaping well with a power-packed finish when going down only narrowly at Wolverhampton, and it's hard to see him out of the places at a track where he's won twice before, albeit over further.

Selections
14:15 - 5, 6
14:45 - 1, 2
15:20 - 6
15:55 - 4, 12
16:25 - 2, 3
17:00 - 4
= 16 lines
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