Lingfield Placepot: Tuesday February 26

Today's Placepot comes from Lingfield

Following on from colleague Matt Gardner's all-weather Placepot success yesterday, Tony McFadden tries to replicate the feat...

The William Haggas-trained Botteen was too green to do himself justice on debut, but he produced a much-improved performance here last time, not beaten far in third, and remains open to plenty of improvement...

14:10- The switch to the David Simcock yard seemed to bring about an improved performance from Gabrial The Duke, winning at this venue a couple of weeks ago, and, when you consider the ready style of the victory, he should make a bold bid to follow up. We will also include the second-placed horse Poetic Verse as, although he was comfortably beaten by Simcock's charge last time, he appeals as a reasonably consistent type and should run his race.

14:40- Likely favourite Misleading Promise sets the standard but he didn't impress with his attitude last time, breaking slowly and looking awkward under pressure, and it could be worth taking him on. Having said that, Entrapping's attitude is hardly bombproof, and he may not be one to rely on for win purposes, but his smooth-travelling style often ensures that he hits the frame and we will include Richard Hannon's colt in the Placepot. Rosie Future was below her best last time, but that effort came on the Southwell fibresand and it may be worth giving her another chance back on the polytrack.

15:10- Fonterutoli snapped a long losing run when winning over C&D at the beginning of the month and he should remain competitive from a mark only 3 lb higher. Adam Kirby was riding him for the first time when notching that victory and his presence aboard will again be a positive. 

15:40- In good heart of late, West Leake looks like a decent Placepot proposition and can hopefully see us through the fourth leg. He has been threatening to come recently, only denied by a head last time, and it would be a surprise were he to fail to give his running and miss out on a top-three finish.

16:10- The William Haggas-trained Botteen was too green to do himself justice on debut, but he produced a much-improved performance here last time, not beaten far in third, and remains open to plenty of improvement. Laudation is another well-bred colt that may also be able to improve on the form he has shown in two starts so far. Though bred for speed, Laudation has been running on well at the end of his races over six furlongs and may appreciate the step up in trip today.

16:40- A potentially tricky conclusion, particular as we need to find the winner in order to secure the Placepot spoils, but Michael Bell's Star of Rohm just about sets the standard based on some of his turf efforts last year and we will bank on him. He hasn't been seen since running slightly below form on his all-weather bow in October, but the fact Michael Bell's last three runners have all won offers some hope, as does Star of Rohm's racecourse debut as a two-year-old at York.

Selections:
14:10- 3, 5
14:40- 2, 7
15:10- 3
15:40- 6
16:10- 5, 6
16:40- 2
= 8 lines

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