There's a high-class card at Kempton this afternoon and that's where we head for Saturday's attempt at the Placepot...
Irish Saint was slightly disappointing at Sandown last time, unable to put up much resistance to an exciting raider from the Willie Mullins yard, but he had previously created a favourable impression as a chaser and should be capable of bouncing back...
13:25- This is a tricky contest and a case can be made for every runner, but hopefully Cloudy Bob and Roc D'Apsis can see us through. Cloudy Bob was below form last time, but he helped force a strong gallop and should be given another chance, his profile largely a positive one. Roc D'Apsis' jumping often lets him down, but he produced his best effort of the season over this C&D in November and doesn't appear to be prohibitively treated.
14:00- Beltor created a fantastic impression when bolting up on hurdles debut at Ludlow, beating a pair of subsequent winners, and he has the scope to achieve plenty over hurdles, his jumping looking fast and accurate. With some tricky races to tackle later on the card, and three places on offer, we'll bank on the exciting Beltor going close.
14:35- Irish Saint was slightly disappointing at Sandown last time, unable to put up much resistance to an exciting raider from the Willie Mullins yard, but he had previously created a favourable impression as a chaser and should be capable of bouncing back. This is a trappy contest, though, so we'll also add Melodic Rendezvous as he was a very smart hurdler, has made an encouraging start over fences and receives weight from his main market rivals.
15:10- This should boil down to a shootout between Vago Collonges and Days of Heaven. Neither look the most straightforward - Vago Collonges pulls hard, whilst Days of Heaven has given trouble at the start - so choosing between the pair is tricky, but they possess a clear class edge over the others and should fight out the finish.
15:45- Fox Appeal has a number of good efforts to his name and can usually be relied upon to give his running, so he makes plenty of appeal from a Placepot perspective. He comes here on the back of two excellent efforts in defeat and an easy three miles should prove ideal. Tenor Nivernais looks to be crying out for three miles and he's capable of improving granted this sort of test, so he also makes the permutation.
16:20- A clear case can be made for the likes of Auvergnat, Master Benjamin and Foggy's Wall, but, from a Placepot perspective, it's often worth siding with proven recent form, and we'll turn to last-time-out winners No No Mac and Shammick Boy. Both horses have been hit by the handicapper and are likely to find at least one too good, but they should run their race and ought to be on the premises.
13:25- 5, 6
14:35- 2, 5
15:10- 2, 3
15:45- 3, 14
16:20- 1, 2
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