There's an excellent card at Newbury this afternoon and that is where we head for Saturday's attempt at the Placepot...
Mile High sets a good standard and should take a bit of stopping back in maiden company...
13:25- Mile High was only just edged out at Epsom on her second start and she impressed with the way she travelled for much of the way in a listed event at Chester last time, shaping as if this drop back in trip to 10 furlongs should suit. Mile High sets a good standard and should take a bit of stopping back in maiden company.
14:00- Once-raced maiden winner Sealife is clearly an interesting contender for her top yard, but she's likely to take up a huge chunk of the pot and faces some battle-hardened fillies here, so we will side with Rekdhat and Spirit Raiser. Rekdhat was progressive last term and she picked up where she'd left off when finishing third in a competitive Salisbury handicap on return. She wasn't disgraced when fourth in a Pontefract listed event last time as things didn't pan out ideally, and she's likely to go well. Spirit Raiser also comes here in good form having followed up a Kempton win with a creditable effort in defeat at Newmarket and another bold bid is on the cards.
14:35- Consort may well prove to be a class apart from his rivals and is the obvious selection. Sir Michael Stoute's charge created a taking impression when staying on strongly to win at Sandown on return, and he stepped up on that when finishing third to Gleneagles in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He retains plenty of potential and can take this en route to better things. Consort is sure to carry plenty of Placepot units, though, so it's worth including an alternative just in case he fails to meet expectations. Fire Fighting is standing up well to a busy campaign and has posted a number of excellent efforts in defeat following his win in the Zetland Gold Cup, so he is included in the permutation for a bit of insurance.
15:10- Aeolus and Musical Comedy's absence, reducing the field to four, means that finding the winner is required in order to progress in the Placepot. Portamento holds the strongest form credentials following his Chester handicap win last week, but he's no banker proposition, so it might be worth including all four in the Placepot in the hope that Divine or Strath Burn can spring a minor shock.
15:45- This may be competitive in numerical terms but plenty of these can be quickly ruled out, and the Tim Easterby-trained Excessable looks to hold outstanding credentials. Tim Easterby has a good record in this contest having sent out Flanders, Good Girl, and Body And Soul to win, and the speedy Excessable makes plenty of appeal from his featherweight, with the form of his latest effort given a boost when the winner came out and won a York nursery. Excessable is drawn low in stall 4, so, for a bit of insurance, we will also include one drawn a bit higher. Soapy Aitken (stall 16) was a bit disappointing at Sandown last time but he'd previously created an excellent impression, including when finishing fourth in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, and he may well bounce back.
16:20- Royal Seal has been progressing with each run of late, and she posted a useful effort when finishing second at Haydock on her most recent start two weeks ago. She's 4 lb higher now but ought to overcome that burden, likely to carry on improving for a while yet.
14:00- 1, 2
14:35- 4, 5
15:10- 3, 4, 5, 6
15:45- 4, 17
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