The best of this afternoon's action comes from Goodwood and that's where we head for our attempt at the Placepot.
Basem produced his best effort yet when finishing third upped to Group 3 level at York last time and will prove difficult to beat if in similar form.
14:00- Art Echo has posted a couple of solid efforts, notably when finishing third at Ascot last time, and he looks banker material with James Doyle taking over in the saddle.
14:35- Good Run offered plenty to work on amidst clear signs of inexperience at Carlisle on debut, and he is likely to be in the shake-up if improving as expected. He's sure to dominate the Placepot pool, however, so it's also worth including Argyle in the hope of a shock result. Argyle has a decent staying pedigree, cost a fair sum and offered encouragement on debut at Windsor. The yard's runners tend to progress with a run under their belt, whilst this stiffer test should suit, so it would be no surprise to see a much-improved performance.
15:10- Silver Quay shaped well at Windsor last time, looking right back to his best, and it's likely he would have given the winner plenty to think about had his effort begun sooner. He has a big shout here under an excellent 3-lb claimer and is the first horse we will turn to. We'll also include the hat-trick seeking Thames Knight as, whilst this is tougher than his recent tasks, he is clearly going the right way and should give his running.
15:45- Basem is a full brother to the top-class Farhh and whilst he may not have as much ability as his illustrious brother, he has quickly made up into a smart handicapper this year, boasting some strong form. He produced his best effort yet when finishing third upped to Group 3 level at York last time and will prove difficult to beat if in similar form.
16:20- Scrutinise was impressive when readily scoring at Thirsk earlier this month and, with a 6-lb rise looking more than fair, he should go close to following up, his progressive, unexposed profile a big positive against these older rivals. With just two places on offer, though, it may be worth adding Notarised to the permutation as Mark Johnston's C&D winner may find this easier than some of the ultra-competitive handicaps he's tackled of late.
16:55- Vincentti is proving consistent on the whole this year, winning a Brighton handicap and following it up with two good efforts in defeat on his last two starts. He should give his running again and is a good type to include in the Placepot. The other horse we'll add to the permutation is Harwoods Star as he arrives on the back of a career-best effort, a convincing win at Epsom recently, and should be in the shake-up if in similar heart.
14:35- 1, 2
15:10- 3, 4
16:20- 1, 8
16:55- 2, 14
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