13:45- Grendisar has been creeping up the weights thanks to a series of creditable of efforts, but he is fully effective over this C&D and comes here in good form having finished runner-up in a better-quality contest at Kempton last time, so is an obvious Placepot selection. He is joined in the permutation by Scottish Star who has gone well under this rider the last twice - which looks like a significant positive in a race of this nature - and is likely to give another good account.
14:20- Interception and Fashion Line are probably open to greater improvement than most given their lightly-raced profiles, but they haven't been ideally drawn and, from a Placepot perspective at least, High Time Too and Living The Life could be safer propositions. High Time Too has progressed well of late, winning her last two outings at Kempton, and she once again enjoys the services of leading rider Ryan Moore. Living The Life has finished placed at worst on her last three starts - all over C&D - and Adam Kirby taking over in the saddle is a positive. She should run well with the visor which has been seen to good effect lately once again applied.
14:55- Ertijaal probably did well to overcome a wide draw on his return to action last month and, having looked a smart prospect as a juvenile, he could prove difficult to beat here with the benefit of a run under his belt and a kinder draw. His outstanding claims haven't gone unnoticed in the market, however, and he is sure to occupy a large percentage of the pool, so it could also be worth adding the unbeaten Passing Star as he has created a fantastic impression in his burgeoning career, winning with more in hand than the bare margin would suggest at Kempton last time.
15:30- The progressive Litigant has understandably been popular in the market, though whether his claims are quite so strong as his price implies is open to debate, and we will oppose him in the Placepot with Castillo Del Diablo. Castillo Del Diablo was only fifth behind Litigant over C&D last month, finishing strongly having taken a while to hit top gear, but, crucially, the headgear had been left off on that occasion and he bounced back with the cheekpieces reapplied at Kempton, narrowly prevailing in a competitive contest. He has a good record on polytrack, often finishing in the frame, and he can be relied upon to go close again. Mindful of the need to save lines, we will bank on Castillo Del Diablo.
16:05- Hawkeyethenoo has not won since his triumph in the 2012 Stewards' Cup but he remains a smart sprinter and seems to be just as effective on this polytrack surface, two good in-frame efforts either side of the turn of the year suggesting as much. With plenty of pace on the cards, which should suit his late-coming style, Hawkeyethenoo is fancied to go close. This is an extremely competitive race, however, so we will also add Lancelot du Lac to the permutation as he shaped well at Kempton last time, despite not being seen to best effect having been held up further back than ideal, and he has relatively few miles on the clock as a sprinter.
16:40- Captain Cat boasts some strong Polytrack form, his second to Robin Hoods Bay boosted in no uncertain terms by that horse's success in the Winter Derby, and there remains a suspicion that Roger Charlton's strong-travelling five-year-old could yet be capable of better. His gradually progressive profile and solid form makes him an obvious Placepot selection. He is joined in the 'pot' by Alfred Hutchinson who also boasts strong polytrack form and breaks from a good draw; he has enjoyed a great deal of success over this C&D so has to be respected.
13:45- 1, 6
14:20- 8, 10
14:55- 3, 7
16:05- 6, 7
16:40- 1, 3
= 32 lines
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