There's a good card at Newbury this afternoon and that's where we head for Saturday's attempt at the Placepot.
"It's difficult to look beyond Storm Rising as he looked a colt of real potential when scoring here on debut, and he could be well-treated on his handicap bow."
13:10- The expensively-purchased Tabarrak made a promising start to his career when chasing home a subsequent listed winner at Newmarket recently and, with improvement on the cards, he makes plenty of appeal. It's also worth including Dashing Approach as she bumped into a couple of useful prospects on debut at Salisbury, but she went well for a long way and looks to have the ability to make an impact in a race such as this.
13:45- The Corsican was most progressive last year and he has continued in that vein this season, winning impressively in a listed race at Goodwood before running with credit at the highest level at Royal Ascot. He was most unlucky when hemmed in at a crucial stage in Group 3 at Goodwood last time, conceding first run, but he remains with plenty of potential and a big run is on the cards.
14:15- This probably isn't the strongest Mill Reef and the value could lie with the unbeaten King Robert who won a useful minor event in good style at Chester and will handle give in the ground. We'll also include Raucous in the permutation as he has showed plenty of ability, winning his first two outings before finishing third in the Gimcrack, and he looks capable of even better, not yet the finished article.
14:50- Top Tug was returning from an 11-week absence when finishing an unlucky fifth in a Goodwood handicap and he then ran right up to his best when third in a competitive handicap at York last time. Top Tug arrives in decent form and will appreciate any ease in the ground, so he looks to have an obvious chance. It is also worth including Laurence as he has some solid three-year-old handicap form to his name, won in good style last time and represents a yard who have a fine record in this contest.
15:25- Caspian Prince bounced back to his very best at just the second time of asking for his new yard when making all in a big-field handicap at York's Ebor meeting. Only recent Portland winner Steps can boast a better level of form, so Caspian Prince is well worth a go in this company. We'll also include the veteran Kingsgate Native as he proved that the fire still burns bright when winning a listed race at Haydock in May, and he produced his best effort since when coming home runner-up in a similar event at Doncaster last week.
16:00- It's difficult to look beyond Storm Rising as he looked a colt of real potential when scoring here on debut, and he could be well-treated on his handicap bow. Storm Rising holds Group 1 entries and it's not impossible that he will eventually develop into a Group-class performer such was the promise of his maiden win, taking time to hit top gear but hitting the line strongly once the penny dropped.
13:10- 14, 15
14:15- 1, 3
14:50- 4, 14
15:25- 1, 4
= 16 lines