14:20- A wide-open nursery isn't the easiest way to start a Placepot, and we will need to include a couple to give ourselves a chance. Pigeon Pie made a winning debut at Newcastle and improved for a break when finishing fourth here last time, racing with zest and looking as if she could yet be be capable of better. It could also pay to include nursery debutant Baltic Spirit. Baltic Spirit was a bit disappointing at Ripon last time, but it is easy to forgive a young horse a disappointing effort at that venue and she had shaped well on her first two starts.
14:50- Baron Run won a C&D maiden last month in good style and should run well again, for all the switch back to handicaps will make this tougher. Alexandrakollontai has recorded two C&D wins and enters this race in good form following two placed efforts at this venue. Another bold bid looks assured and he is added to the permutation.
15:20- It wouldn't come as a surprise were the well-handicapped Tartiflette to bounce back to form but we will instead side with the thriving duo of Monakova and Someone's Darling. Monakova, like so many before her, has benefited from the switch to the David O'Meara yard and registered a hat-trick of wins last month. This is a tougher contest and she races from a higher mark, but a good showing looks on the cards from this thriving filly. Someone's Darling has proven to be gradually progressive this summer and, though this is a stiff task from a career-high mark, there is little reason to suspect that she won't once again take a small step forward.
15:50- Rangi Chase showed plenty to work with on debut at Haydock, running on well to finish third. The Richard Fahey-trained colt met with trouble in running on that occasion and was unlucky not to finish even closer; he should improve markedly for that initial experience and can lay down a strong challenge to Vivere.
16:20- North Pole has been holding his form well this season, winning at Brighton and still looking ahead of his mark when denied at Bath two days later, and another good showing looks assured. North Pole usually responds well to pressure and his consistency makes him banker material to finish in the first three this afternoon.
16:50- King of Paradise has a good record at this venue, registering all three career wins here, and ran right up to his best in defeat here last time, finishing a gallant third. He has a bit of work to do from his current mark if he is to win, but he looks sure to launch another bold bid at his favourite course and can hopefully secure us the Placepot.
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