13:45- Escalating was sent off favourite for the Brocklesby and, though he made little impression, finishing in mid-division, he is entitled to progress significantly on that initial run. Having the benefit of experience is vitally important at this stage of the season and the well-bred Escalating should be capable of going close this afternoon, with the strong likelihood being that he will improve on his promising debut.
14:20- Piscean is on a bit of a losing run at the moment, but he is highly effective on polytrack and the booking of highly-sought-after claimer Oisin Murphy takes the eye. A C&D winner, Piscean has gradually slipped back to a competitive mark and he should be running on late, hopefully capable of grabbing a place. It is also worth adding Georgian Bay as, although he was possibly flattered to finish so close in a minor event here last time, he boasts some solid polytrack form and the application of a visor could lead to further improvement.
14:55- Zurigha has won both of her starts on the all-weather, producing a sharp turn of foot to win on her seasonal reappearance last term, and she finished the campaign in good heart, winning a listed race at Newmarket. A 3-lb penalty makes life slightly tricky, but Zurigha's trainer, Richard Hannon, is in good form, and the presence of Ryan Moore in the saddle is an obvious bonus. It is unfortunate that two have come out, meaning that only the first two home will progress, but, mindful of the need to save lines, we will bank on Zurigha going extremely close.
15:30- Frasers Hill is potentially thrown in and would be the most interesting prospect from a conventional betting perspective, but his lightly-raced profile indicates that he is a fragile sort and it could be worth siding with a pair of more reliable propositions in Loving Spirit and Circumvent. Loving Spirit hasn't won since his highly-impressive debut success in 2010, but he has gone close in a number of ultra-competitive handicaps and has proven equally effective on the polytrack, only narrowly denied in this contest last year. Circumvent shaped quite nicely at Newbury recently, faring best of those to race prominently, and his higher all-weather mark is justified, his best efforts coming on the polytrack. He seems to be in good heart at present and should give a good account.
16:00- It would seem that Acclio has a bit to find with her rivals, but the other three - Queen of Ice, Midnite Angel and Joie de Reve - all hold strong claims and, with a win needed to progress in the Placepot, we will include the top trio in the market. If pushed, Queen of Ice, who impressed when winning at the first time of asking and clearly remains open to significant improvement, would make the most appeal, but it's not worth the risk with just the four declared.
16:35- God Willing sets a decent standard on form having finished fourth behind subsequent Group 1 winner Kingston Hill in the Autumn Stakes, and Ed Dunlop's charge remains open to a bit of improvement having made just the three starts as a juvenile. Some of God Willing's rivals have the benefit of a recent run but the son of Arch scored on his debut last year and this looks like a good opportunity.
14:20- 4, 8
15:30- 1, 3
= 12 lines
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