12:50- The opening leg provides us with an opportunity to include our first banker as we will rely on the resurgent Stars Du Granits. Venetia Williams has her string more forward than is usual at this time of year and her challenger should have few problems supplementing his recent success at Taunton, looking well treated racing under a penalty for last week's ready success.
13:20- On looks alone, Kie may not appeal as an obvious chasing prospect, but he represents leading connections and produced a fairly useful level of form as a juvenile hurdler, so he is the first horse selected in the 'pot'. Vosges has accrued plenty of experience over fences and sets a reasonable standard for the newer recruits to aim at. He rates as a good insurance selection and should ensure that we progress beyond the second leg.
13:50- Calaf was a reliable handicapper on the Flat and he certainly shaped with a degree of promise on his bow over hurdles, finishing fifth at Ludlow having travelled with plenty of zest. However, for Placepot purposes it may be worth siding with Maybe I Wont. James Moffatt's charge can boast the strongest level of form over hurdles and has generally been running well, often finishing in the frame. He may be vulnerable to unexposed types, such as Calaf, but it is unlikely that he will find three better on the day.
14:20- Dannanceys Hill hasn't yet lived up to the hefty price tag, but his recent second-placed finish at Southwell, where he travelled well for much of the way, entitles him to go close here. Representing top connections, trying to take on Dannanceys Hill in the Placepot could prove to be a futile mission and he goes in as a banker.
14:50- Simply Ned was progressive as a hurdler last year and his reappearance effort at Wetherby wasn't without promise, finishing in fourth despite making mistakes. That was probably a stronger contest than the one he will compete in today and he is an obvious choice for the Placepot. One that could be of interest at a bigger price is the Jim Goldie-trained Grand Diamond. He was a bit below his best last season but his most recent effort, when finishing second at Kelso, hinted at a revival and with the assistance of Lucy Alexander in the saddle he shouldn't be dismissed.
15:20- Locked Inthepocket is the first horse we turn to in this concluding leg, having produced a career best when last seen over hurdles, only narrowly beaten at Newcastle. The return to chasing should pose few problems and he looks primed to produce a good effort. The other interesting contender is the prolific Relax. Venetia Williams' contender enhanced an excellent strike-rate when winning at Southwell in May and with the yard going well should be capable of making a bold bid on reappearance.
13:20- 4, 6
14:50- 1, 7
15:20- 1, 7
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