The only card that makes any appeal from a Placepot perspective comes from the all-weather at Kempton this evening...
"Migel Grau followed up landing a C&D contest with a good second at Lingfield last time and looks more than capable of another good performance..."
17:20 - It's a ten-furlong handicap to kick off proceedings and of the unexposed horses lining up Migel Grau is the first to get the nod. He followed up landing a C&D contest with a good second at Lingfield last time and looks more than capable of another good performance. The second at larger odds is Busatto, who did well to get off the mark at the third attempt at Chester in September and given his all-weather pedigree and connections has to be respected on his handicap bow.
17:50 - We tackle a sprint handicap next and the first to make the shortlist is Wedgewood Estates, who caught the eye on her handicap bow at Lingfield last time. She shaped significantly better than the result suggested, eventually finishing fifth when coming from a poor position in the closing stages. A return to today's trip will suit and she seems likely to play a part in the finish. The other to make the cut is Global Explorer who has ran consistently well since being gelded, following a win on his handicap bow at Wolverhampton with four placed efforts.
18:20 - A sole selection will suffice in the six-furlong handicap which follows in the shape of Dutiful Son, who justified market confidence in good style when taking a C&D maiden in December, and seems likely to do further damage now switched to handicaps, with the likelihood that his opening mark underestimates him considerably.
18:50 - We consider some twelve-furlong action for what is quite a difficult handicap to get to grips with next and the determined manner in which Fearless Lad ground out a win over 11 furlongs last time, for which he only suffers a 3 lb rise today, suggests he is capable of returning to the frame for the second time in as many runs. The other selection, albeit a tentative one, is Maison Brillet who put in a creditable performance over 13 furlongs at Lingfield last time when headed close home, and if in the right frame of mind has the ability to back that up.
19:20 - It's a maiden contest over a mile in the penultimate leg of tonight's perm, and although he is a short price it seems prudent to keep Born In Bombay on side. He shaped really well on his debut at Lingfield earlier this month and can capitalise on that experience to go one better here on his way to bigger and better things. The other to get the nod is Al Hanyora, who was an expensive purchase, is well bred and comes from the Richard Hannon yard, and for that reason has to enter calculations on her debut.
19:50 - Providing our perm is still intact at this stage we will pin all our hopes on one horse in the shape of the admirably consistent Emell. She had an excellent record in the first half of 2013 when runner-up in three listed events, and has always looked the type who may still do better as a four-year-old.
17:20 - 4,13
17:50 - 1,7
18:20 - 3
18:50 - 7,8
19:20 - 3,9
19:50 - 3
= 16 Lines