Kempton stage all-weather racing this evening, and that's where we head for Wednesday's attempt at the Placepot...
16:30- Encapsulated is on a long losing run at present but he showed when finishing second at Lingfield last week that he can challenge from this kind of mark, and he's the first horse that we will turn to. He is joined in the permutation by Doctor Hilary who comes here on the back of a good fourth over C&D. A repeat of that form would make him competitive and he should be on the premises.
17:00- Hollie Point clearly isn't one of her powerful stable's leading lights, and isn't one to put maximum faith in for win purposes, but she has shown a level of form that entitles her to go extremely close in this race, and her habit of consistently finishing in the places makes her appealing from a Placepot perspective.
17:30- This looks a good opportunity for Millionaires Row to get off the mark, and we'll bank on John Gosden's charge. Millionaires Row has progressed with each run, her latest effort behind a talented rival being of particular promise, and she should launch a bold bid here, unlikely to face anything so good as Sgt Reckless.
18:00- Crown Pleasure has yet to win but she's bred to improve for this kind of trip and arrives on the back of a good fifth at Wolverhampton last time, where she held little chance having been poorly positioned. Crown Pleasure had previously been running well, finishing placed on her three prior starts, and she should be treated as if still in form. We'll also include Moulin Rouge as she has been doing well for her new yard and looks the type to keep giving a good account.
18:30- Blue Aegean went the wrong way during the turf season but bounced back in some style at Chelmsford City, streaking clear in a first-time hood to win with a good deal of authority. She'll take all the beating if in similar heart, but, mindful of her overall profile, could be worth taking on for Placepot purposes. Harry Hurricane was set some stiff tasks during the summer, unable to make an impact in some top juvenile sprints. He seemed to benefit from facing lesser company on his return from a break, however, and has been given a lenient-looking opening mark, so should go close.
19:00- St Paul's Square had offered little to work with on his first five outings, but he showed much improved form to finish runner-up at Lingfield last time, the first-time blinkers seeming to have a positive impact, and a reproduction of that form would make him look well treated on his handicap bow. He's not one to place maximum faith in, however, so we'll also include Courier, who ran creditably over C&D last time, and might perhaps improve for the application of cheekpieces.
16:30- 3, 4
18:00- 3, 11
19:00- 1, 13
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