Timeform's Joe Szekeres heads to the Sussex Downs for this afternoon's placepot permutation...
Astromagick tops the ratings and the relatively lightly-raced four-year-old could have a bit more to offer over today's distance (two miles)
14:00 - The five runners that go to post in the opener have never seen a racecourse before and that isn't the easiest way to begin a placepot. The Richard Hannon pair, Indignant and Sky Lantern, are likely to to be pretty clued up, however, and get the nod. Two places pay as things stand and hopefully one of our selections is good enough to see us progress.
14:35 - Eurystheus and Goodwood Atlantis are two that should improve making their respective handicap debuts having taken respective maidens last time, and they are the pair worth siding with in the second leg. The form of Eurystheus' victory at Windsor has worked out relatively well with a few of those in behind the Richard Hannon trained three-year-old having won subsequently, whilst Goodwood Atlantis shaped as if a step up in trip may well suit when scoring over seven furlongs at Salisbury in August.
15:10 - Primaeval is Timeform top-rated for the third leg and he could be better than his bare form suggests despite having looked close to his best on recent starts on the all-weather. He has finished placed on his last five outings on any surface and his inclusion seems obvious in a difficult race. Citrus Star has fallen right down the handicap in the past twelve months but there have been excuses and he could be ahead of his mark if able to recapture anything close to his old form. A victory on the Lingfield all-weather three starts ago proves he remains capable.
15:45 - Gathering tops the ratings for the listed Oaks trial and also remains open to progression, so she is a definite inclusion. The form of her Newmarket victory last September has worked out very well and there is every reason to believe that Gathering remains a smarter prospect than the horse she beat into second on that occasion, Bana Wu (now Timeform rated 100). There is an outside chance we are being a bit too generous, however, so we're also going to include Coquet, a filly who has already won a similar listed race at Newmarket.
16:20 - Golan Way was pretty consistent on the level when last seen in that sphere in 2007 and is worth chancing making his return from racing over obstacles. He should be fit having last raced 35 days ago and there isn't any reason why he should be out of the three if he runs his race. He isn't quite banker material though so we're also going to choose Al Khawaneej who could prove to be on an upward curve having recently joined David Simcock from Ed Dunlop.
16:55 - The much needed banker comes in the final race. Astromagick tops the ratings and the relatively lightly-raced four-year-old could have a bit more to offer over today's distance (two miles). She has only had the two starts over further than twelve furlongs but her two runs over those extreme distances have yielded her best performance ratings, and the suspicion is that she can continue to improve in the short term.
14:00 - 3, 4
14:35 - 6, 9
15:10 - 7, 8
15:45 - 2, 4
16:20 - 1, 8
16:55 - 8