17:45- Basil The Great didn't really improve on a promising debut effort when finishing sixth at Beverley last time but he still sets the standard in this opening six-furlong maiden auction and ought to finish in the places. This isn't the strongest of races but, out of the newcomers, Vegas Rebel makes the greatest appeal, his yard well capable of readying one first time. The fact his sales price tripled from a foal to a yearling (€7,000 to £20,000) should also be deemed a positive and he is worth including in the Placepot.
18:15- Oh Star is a half-sister to several winners, including smart 7f-1¼m winner Gentleman's Deal and smart winner up to 1m Spanish Harlem, and she showed plenty of promise on her debut over C&D last September, finishing a close-up second. Oh Star cost $310,000 as a yearling and she almost made the perfect start to recouping some of that outlay, only losing out narrowly to a horse with more experience. John Gosden's filly looked a sure-fire future winner and significant improvement is expected; she is a banker to make the first three.
18:45- Many will be looking to bank on Whaleweigh Station considering he wasn't beaten far in a couple of Group contests last season, but he perhaps doesn't possess the same scope for improvement as some of his rivals, notably Amber Isle. Amber Isle, a sister to the smart Dundonnell, shaped encouragingly on her only start last season, showing a good cruising speed as she travelled powerfully for much of the way in a Newbury maiden. She should improve on that fourth-placed effort and is the first horse that we will turn to. The John Gosden-trained Sejel shaped much better than the bare result on debut, meeting trouble in running at a crucial stage, and she looks the type to benefit enormously from that initial outing.
19:15- Jezza has a good record on the all-weather (5 of his 6 wins have been gained on the all-weather) and he produced a creditable effort on his return at Newbury last month, shaping as if he would come on for the run. Richard Hughes is clearly a positive jockey booking and a bold show is expected. This is a tightly-knit handicap, however, and it is also worth including Arashi as he had been holding his form well on the Polytrack prior to finding conditions too testing at Catterick, and he looks the type to quickly bounce back.
19:45- Good Authority had a hopeless task on the Lingfield turf course last time, trying to make headway wide and late, and he did well to make up enough ground to finish within five lengths of the winner, suggesting that he is in good form. He is on a fair mark, has a good chance on form and Richard Hughes takes over in the saddle; his claims are obvious. Multitask also makes the perm as he has been a bit below form on Turf of late but had previously been thriving on the all-weather and can bounce back.
20:15- Arab Dawn is progressing well, represents a trainer in red-hot form and comes into this race on the back of a win in a strong contest; he represents banker material in the final leg of the Placepot. This is also a strong race of its type, featuring some improving three-year-olds, but Arab Dawn looks the type to keep progressing and can stay one step ahead of the assessor.
17:45- 2, 5
18:45- 10, 14
19:15- 5, 8
19:45- 5, 6
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