With neither of today's jumps cards appealing greatly for Placepot purposes, this afternoon's perm comes from Lingfield...
"This longer trip can only suit and, assuming she handles this altogether different topography, we should have no concerns about Phaenomena taking us home."
12:50 - Although it's something of a surprise that Song of Norway has been kept to seven furlongs for her second start, the level of form achieved her debut, not to mention the promise on top of that, means she sets a good standard in even this above-average maiden. She goes in as a banker, albeit a slightly tentative one given how many well-bred and well-connected sorts are in opposition.
13:20 - Another maiden, but all of the colts in this contest have some sort of racecourse experience. Therefore, we can be fairly confident that the Roger Varian-trained Three Cliffs is among the best of them at the moment. He made his debut over the same trip at Kempton, showing clear inexperience yet finishing fourth behind some promising sorts under a hands-and-heels ride. It's expected that Three Cliffs will come on for that run, which joined with his being Timeform top-rated as it is makes him banker material.
13:50 - We're going to shy away from another banker in leg three, for all a case could be made for going it alone with another Varian charge, Kafeel having made a strong statement on debut at York. He's in the perm, but backup in the form of Ganges is recommended. Ganges also made an encouraging debut, his at Newmarket when he did his best work at the finish. Taking it on trust that it was inexperience as well as a wanting for longer trips that saw Ganges shape in such a manner, he ought to improve today.
14:20 - We're moving away from maidens now, but Roger Varian again holds the key in this handicap. Horsted Keynes shrugged off a 10-month absence to win at Wolverhampton last time, having more in hand come the finish than the bare margin suggests. Up only 7 lb for his efforts and given sufficient time to ease fears over him bouncing, Horsted Keynes is a standout in this handicap and is included on his own.
14:50 - In theory, this should get easier now we're among the listed races, but not so. Enrol is at least a solid place to start as she finished second at this level on her penultimate start and might have been runner-up last time too but for meeting trouble. The progressive Mystical Sapphire makes it in as second choice, her level of form just about there already and her style of racing looking suitable for Lingfield.
15:20 - The final leg, another listed race for fillies, makes for a more appealing prospect. Specifically, it contains Phaenomena, who has been improving in leaps and bounds of late, winning a strong Newmarket handicap last time in good style. This longer trip can only suit and, assuming she handles this altogether different topography, we should have no concerns about Phaenomena taking us home.
12:50 - 12
13:20 - 8
13:50 - 3, 4
14:20 - 12
14:50 - 1, 9
15:20 - 11
= 4 lines