Kempton's evening meeting is the venue for Thursday's attempt at the Placepot...
Banking in seven-runner races is never usually the best tactic, but Charlie Hills's colt looks superior to his rivals and we will rely on him...
17:35 - Wannabe Your Man, a half brother to the useful Wannabe Loved, shaped with a bit of promise on debut last season, finishing seventh in a Leicester maiden, and it is easy to forgive him for disappointing on his only subsequent start as the ground was extremely testing. Wannabe Your Man possesses a good pedigree, has hinted at ability and is in excellent hands, so he ought to be capable of significant improvement and is worth including in the Placepot. He is no banker proposition, however, so it is also worth adding Votary to the mix as he hails from the powerful Gosden yard and makes plenty of appeal on paper.
18:05 - Liberty Red is bred to be useful and has proven popular at the sales. He has made a promising start to his career, improving on a good debut fourth to twice finish runner-up, and he has been found a good opportunity to register a first success here. Liberty Red is impossible to oppose.
18:35 - With five still engaged and, therefore, two horses progressing in the Placepot, we'll take a chance and bank on handicap debutant Midnight Chorister. Just a modest performer in bumpers, Midnight Chorister has been progressive in maidens, twice finishing placed at Lingfield, and, with his rivals having plenty of questions to answer, he appeals as a relatively solid proposition.
19:05 - This one-mile handicap is a tricky affair and we won't risk banking on one horse, though Hill of Dreams shaped much better than the bare result when third here last time and should give a good account. A hold-up performer, Hill of Dreams fared best of those to race towards the rear, making good ground late on, and he is on a fair mark. Nubar Boy won that Kempton race and, in contrast to Hill of Dreams, was seen to maximum effect, getting the run of the race from the front. Things will be tougher here but at least he is in good form and should still launch a bold bid for an in-form yard, even if circumstances are less favourable.
19:35 - Passing Star looks a useful colt in the making and he is taken to complete a hat-trick from what remains a fair-looking mark. Banking in seven-runner races is never usually the best tactic, but Charlie Hills's colt looks superior to his rivals and we will rely on him.
20:05 - Mill I Am has already won twice over C&D this year and, having been unsuited by the emphasis on speed when dropped back to six furlongs last time, he should relish the return to seven furlongs. He looks like a solid proposition and is the first horse that we will include in the permutation. Two In The Pink is hiding little from the handicapper but she has been running respectably on the whole and the booking of Adam Kirby is an obvious positive. We will include the consistent filly for a bit of insurance.
17:35- 1, 6
19:05- 2, 3
20:05- 3, 4
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