Timeform's Matt Gardner takes to the polytrack at Kempton for Monday's crack at the Placepot...
"Another competitive event awaits us here and, although toying with the idea of banking upon Amethyst Dawn given that there are three places on offer and she is unexposed as a sprinter, it is probably sensible to include Rose Garnet as well..."
14:20 - Not many of these make all that much appeal so we can be fairly confident in selecting Tidy Affair as an opening leg banker. The four-year-old had tumbled in the weights prior to bolting up at Wolverhampton a week ago and a penalty incurred for that success is unlikely to prevent a follow up given the form he was capable of earlier in his career.
14:50 - This looks fairly competitive and it is something of a worry that there may not be that much pace on, possibly resulting in something of a bunched finish; with that in mind we will select two, namely Amana and Bridge That Gap. The first mentioned has been fairly lightly raced of late and was arguably unlucky to not win over C&D last Wednesday, so should go close here off the same mark, whilst Bridge That Gap improved to notch his second win when scoring at Lingfield earlier this month and seems sure to give a good account despite racing from a 5 lb higher mark.
15:20 - Another competitive event awaits us here and, although toying with the idea of banking upon Amethyst Dawn given that there are three places on offer and she is unexposed as a sprinter, it is probably sensible to include Rose Garnet as well, with that one expected to bounce back having seemingly failed to handle the fibresand last time.
15:50 - Officer In Command is likely to prove popular following his win over C&D last time but he isn't certain to get the strong pace that suits ideally so we will instead side with Alhaban and Exceedexpectations. The first mentioned shaped much better than the bare result on return from a 5 month absence at Lingfield recently, likely to have gone close but for meeting trouble on the turn, and he could well make amends for that reversal here, whilst Exceedexpectations is pretty consistent on the all-weather and seems sure to give it a good go.
16:20 - Prince Of Burma makes plenty of appeal at a decent price but for Placepot purposes we are going to side solely with Guest Of Honour, who looks potentially smart and could prove far too good for his rivals.
16:50 - Four runner races are the bane of Placepot hunters' lives, as we are usually faced with the prospect of burning lines unnecessarily by including them all in a bid to land the spoils or taking a chance on the most likely winner. Today we're going to take a novel approach by selecting both Line Of Reason and Poet's Prospect, who look set to do battle for the win, and hope that neither of the outsiders thwart our efforts.
14:20 - 3
14:50 - 3, 7
15:20 - 4, 8
15:50 - 3, 4
16:20 - 1
16:50 - 1, 3
= 16 lines