The best action on Wednesday comes from Goodwood so that is where we head for today's Placepot attempt...
Sir Michael Stoute has enjoyed a bit of success in this race in the past and his three newcomers, Arbaab, Idea and Matravers, all make plenty of appeal on paper...
14:00- Sir Michael Stoute has enjoyed a bit of success in this race in the past and his three newcomers, Arbaab, Idea and Matravers, all make plenty of appeal on paper. Jockey bookings don't give us any clue as to the respective merits of the Stoute runners so, with the experienced horses not setting too high a standard, we will include all three of them.
14:30- From the family of very smart stayers Double Eclipse and Double Trigger, Double Bluff showed ability when finishing runner-up at Doncaster two weeks ago and should be suited by the extra furlong this afternoon. That Doncaster effort just about sets the standard here and, with more to come, he should take plenty of beating. We will bank on Mark Johnston's stoutly-bred two-year-old.
15:05- Gospel Choir looked like a potential Group horse at times last year and he should have derived tremendous benefit from his belated seasonal reappearance at York last month. Connections had warned prior to York that Gospel Choir would need the run, and he did shape as if he was slightly short of fitness, fading inside the final couple of furlongs having travelled well in touch for much of the way. The fact that there are only seven runners, meaning only two progress, makes things a bit tricky but we will opt to save lines and bank on the unexposed Gospel Choir.
15:40- Brown Panther could find the trip on the sharp side; Sugar Boy has questions to answer following a lacklustre effort in the Irish Derby and Grandeur was a bit below his best in America last time, though he did have excuses. It could, therefore, be worth taking that trio in the hope of a Placepot-busting result. Gabrial is clearly quirky, and is one to treat with caution for win purposes, but he has strung together a number of consistent efforts of late and another placed effort is good enough for us. Mister Music has a bit to find on the figures but he has been holding his form well and has the advantage of Richard Hughes in the saddle.
16:15- Easy last-time-out winner Battalion would have been difficult to oppose racing under a penalty but his withdrawal has given this handicap an open look. The unexposed Deserted showed a good attitude to narrowly win on handicap debut last month and there should be plenty more to come from Luca Cumani's contender, while Ice Pie remains with plenty of potential and is interesting on her return from a break
16:50- Henry Candy's Apricot Sky looks to have been handed a lenient opening mark and he should prove competitive on his return from a four-month absence. The break registers as a slight concern, though, and it could also be worth adding Tidentime who had been in good form prior to disappointing last time and is worth persevering with.
14:00- 1, 8, 9
15:40- 3, 5
16:15- 3, 8
16:50- 1, 12
= 24 lines
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