Timeform's Matt Gardner attempts to land the Huntingdon Placepot with an 8 line permutation...
"Consistency is never a bad thing in a Placepot and that is a trait that Floral Spinner most certainly brings to the party having finished second, running to the same Timeform performance rating, on each of her last three starts..."
14:00 - The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Strongly Suggested has been given a chance by the handicapper but probably needs a return to further than today's two miles to be seen at his best, so the pair we will side with are Rocky Elsom and Circus Star. The first mentioned improved with a tongue tie in place for the first time when winning at Plumpton last month and he seems sure to go well from just a 3 lb higher mark, whilst Circus Star was not beaten far by subsequent winner Drussell at Ludlow a couple of days ago, improving himself in the process, and he should go close if able to back that up.
14:30 - Denali Highway appeals as the type to continue progressing and is a fairly obvious starting point in the second leg despite being 10 lb higher than for his win at Leicester in December. It's well worth sticking in Join The Navy alongside him, as the lightly-raced eight-year-old had been progressing steadily prior to his latest outing. He was given far too much to do that day however and this race could be run to suit his hold-up style, so he is given a chance to get back on track.
15:00 - Tetlami simply couldn't cope with Overturn's merciless display at Musselburgh last time, his jumping coming under pressure from the outset as that rival took off at a rate of knots, but that is more than forgivable and he really should get back to winning ways today.
15:30 - Easter Day sets a clear standard based upon his second in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle and, as uninspiring as it may be, he is impossible to oppose.
16:00 - Consistency is never a bad thing in a Placepot and that is a trait that Floral Spinner most certainly brings to the party having finished second, running to the same Timeform performance rating, on each of her last three starts. She is a must for the 'pot but we could double up with Vinnieslittle Lamb, trained by Venetia Williams, who was bough for £49,000 following her win in a point in in November. She made a pleasing start to her hurdling career when second at Towcester last month and she ought to go close with that experience under her belt.
16:30 - Although the number next to Freddie's Return's name suggests that he has been off the track for 1,060 days he has actually contested nine points since last running under rules, winning on each occasion. His latest outing was 18 days ago, raising few concerns over fitness, and he strikes as being a solid banker in the final leg.
14:00 - 4, 6
14:30 - 1, 13
15:00 - 2
15:30 - 1
16:00 - 4, 13
16:30 - 3
= 8 lines