Hamilton provides the UK Flat racing on Sunday and that's where we head for our attempt at the Placepot.
Oriental Tiger showed improved form when finishing placed in a couple of mile-and-a-half handicaps on his last two starts and, with the step up in trip expected to suit, Jim Goldie's unexposed charge looks sure to go close again.
13:50- The withdrawal of Encantar means that finding the winner is required to progress in the Placepot, and, with all four holding credible claims, we will play the percentages and include all four.
14:20- Bop It has dropped a fair way in the weights this year and he confirmed the promise of his York run when winning at Haydock last month, the addition of blinkers to the customary eyeshields seemingly doing the trick. He wasn't quite in same form at Redcar 12 days ago but still looks well treated based on his old form and should be given another chance. We will also include Orion's Bow as he was back on song when occupying second at Thirsk two weeks ago, and he remains unexposed as a sprinter.
14:50- Escrick bounced back to form when winning at Newcastle last month and she ran an even better race in defeat at Brighton recently, so she makes the most appeal. It's probably no coincidence that she has shown improved form with Silvestre de Sousa in the saddle the last twice, and she should go close with de Sousa once again aboard.
15:20- The well-bred Laafiraaq offered little on debut but he showed the benefit of that initial outing when finishing fifth in a strong Kempton maiden and he sets the standard based on that performance. Laafiraaq may do better yet, still early days in his career after all, and he is likely to be on the premises here.
15:50- Ainslie made a winning handicap debut in first-time cheekpieces at Leicester, looking some way ahead of his opening mark, and, though things haven't gone right since, he is capable of getting back on the right track here. Ainslie narrowly failed to reel in a well-ridden winner at Wolverhampton on his penultimate start, whilst extremely testing ground probably didn't suit last time, but he has plenty in his favour this afternoon.
16:20- Oriental Tiger showed improved form when finishing placed in a couple of mile-and-a-half handicaps on his last two starts and, with the step up in trip expected to suit, Jim Goldie's unexposed charge looks sure to go close again.
13:50- 1, 2, 4, 5
14:20- 1, 4
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