Newbury Placepot: Saturday April 21

Richard Hannon could play a strong hand in this afternoon's placepot

Timeform's Joe Szekeres heads to Newbury to offer his placepot permutation for this afternoon's card...

"Bronterre's fourth in last season's Dewhurst makes him a strong player in the Greenham..."

13:30 - Noble Mission is a horse of immediate hype given his full-brother status to Frankel but that does not detract from the quality he demonstrated on debut at Yarmouth towards the tail-end of last season. Noble Mission was poorly positioned that day and had to be waited with on the stand side, but he still travelled through his race with notable fluency and, despite having little chance with the winner, saw off some other well-bred types inside the closing stages. It's never wise to advise a banker in a maiden, and this is no exception, so we're also going to side with Cappielow Park who achieved a similar level of form to Noble Mission during a race at Wolverhampton last season.

14:00 - The second leg looks an race of the high quality and the 2010 St Leger winner, Arctic Cosmos, looks the one to beat if anything near his best. He should have no problem with the one-and-a-half-mile trip having demonstrated plenty of speed on his seasonal reappearance over ten furlongs at Kempton last time. The main danger could be Harris Tweed, the next best based on Timeform ratings. William Haggas has been in good form of late and Harris Tweed is another that can go well for him.

14:35 - Best Terms looks banker material in the next given her stature at the head of the ratings, considered 13 lb superior to her nearest rival. Best Terms was one of the leading juvenile fillies last season, landing the Group 2 Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and the Group 2 Lowther Stakes, form well in advance of anything the opposing field should be capable of.

15:10 - Bronterre's fourth in last season's Dewhurst makes him a strong player in the Greenham and he should be capable of surpassing that level of form this year if he has learnt to settle over the winter. The main danger would have been Top Offer but his late withdrawal and the fact that two places still pay make Bronterre banker material.

15:45 - Mull of Killough is likely to be overbet having flown at the finish in last month's Lincoln Handicap and there is a feeling that he missed a big opportunity on that occasion. One that finished behind Mull of Killough is Fury, who travelled as good as any for much of the way and was denied a clear run at a crucial stage before sticking on well. He looks the type to make progress this season and could be ahead of his mark. Others worthy of inclusion are Captain Bertie, who is Timeform top-rated, and Dubawi Sound, who could be much better than his current BHA Mark gives credit for and features in Timeform Horses to Follow 2012.

16:20 - Another maiden to end the card and the pair we're going to take are Minimise Risk, who shaped with great promise on debut at Doncaster last time and King of Dudes, who really caught the eye when beaten into second at Wolverhampton towards the end of last year. The pair should be enough if we progress this far and there is always the chance of a double-up.


13:30 - 2, 9
14:00 - 3, 6
14:35 - 1
15:10 - 2
15:45 - 1, 12, 18
16:20 - 3, 5
=24 Lines

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