Haydock Placepot: Saturday December 22

Today's Placepot comes from a slightly less-pleasant Haydock

Hoping that Haydock survives the rain, Tony McFadden brings you a Placepot permutation on Saturday...

The form of Merry King’s second at Newbury is already working out tremendously well and he looks primed to launch a bold bid here...

12:10- Able Deputy shaped better than the bare result on his seasonal debut at Cheltenham and backed that up with his best effort yet, finishing second to a well-handicapped rival at Sandown. This doesn't look quite so competitive and Kim Bailey's charge should be involved in the finish. Dormouse is another that has been running well of late and should have no problems with conditions, so he is also included in the perm.

12:45- There is always the fear in five-runner events that a non-runner will scupper the place terms and leave us facing a tough leg, so we won't bank on anything here. Donald McCain's Kruzhlinin seemed to improve for the switch to a left-handed course last time, only finding a progressive rival too strong. He should go well again and is the first horse we turn to. Realt Mor is still fairly unexposed as a chaser and made a satisfactory reappearance at Ayr last month, not knocked about in the closing stages once his chance had gone.

13:10- Likeable and straightforward, She Rank Me looks like the ideal type of horse to bank on and keep the amount of lines down. She displayed a tremendous attitude to overturn some lightly-raced and unexposed rivals at Newbury last time and today's step up in trip will suit.

13:45- In an extremely competitive event, Bakbenscher and Hollow Tree are the two we will turn to. The former shaped encouragingly on his return at Chepstow, looking as if he was still well treated over hurdles, and can be forgiven his disappointing effort at Newbury, where he travelled as well as any for most of the way. Hollow Tree couldn't match the talented Balder Succes last time, but he does have a good attitude, handles soft ground well and should appreciate the step up in trip.

14:15- The form of Merry King's second at Newbury is already working out tremendously well and he looks primed to launch a bold bid here. Jonjo O'Neill's promising novice has taken well to the larger obstacles and it looks as if there is further improvement to come. Cannington Brook handles heavy ground a lot better than most and he is unlikely to be far away as he bids to win the Tommy Whittle for the second year in succession.

14:50- There were positives to take from Kudu Country's return last month and he should be able to build on that effort, with testing conditions unlikely to pose a problem. Doctor David demonstrated last time that he still retains plenty of ability and shouldn't be underestimated here. It looks as if he is gradually working his way to full fitness and he can hopefully round off the final leg in style.

12:10- 2, 4
12:40- 1, 4 
13:10- 1
13:45- 1, 6
14:15- 1, 4
14:50- 1, 2
= 32 lines

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