Newmarket Placepot: Saturday May 19

Noble Mission winning at Newmarket on his latest start.

Timeform's Matt Gardner heads to Newmarket for Saturday's placepot...

Frankel’s return in the Lockinge is clearly the highlight of the day, but his brother Noble Mission looks a good banker in Newmarket’s second race...

13:40 - A number of non-runners have reduced the field to 15, making this difficult opener just that bit harder with only three places to aim for. Great Expectations made an eye-catching turf debut at Leicester last time, tanking along and making his effort earlier than ideal, and he can be seen to better effect here. Highland Colori ought to be suited by the extra furlong faced here, after responding well for pressure when winning at Windsor earlier this month, whilst Amazing Amoray, conversely, should be suited by the return to sprinting having shaped encouragingly at Doncaster on his reappearance.

14:15 - Frankel's return in the Lockinge is clearly the highlight of the day, but his brother Noble Mission looks a good banker in Newmarket's second race. The three-year-old has made good progress to date, beating a big field at Newbury on his seasonal debut before winning a listed event over C&D. He has plenty more to offer, and can take this on the way to better things.

14:45 - The Roger Charlton-trained Mince met trouble at this venue earlier this month, unlucky not to gain a third career victory, and has a solid chance of going one better this afternoon. The race does have an open look to it, however, so Top Cop and Accession also get the nod. The former gained an entry in Timeform's Horses to Follow for this season and made an encouraging return over C&D last month, travelling better than most but looking in need of the run. Accession may be overlooked by many as a result of his effort in a Kempton listed race last time, but the pace was muddling and did not suit the held-up Accession who found himself in a poor position, and it is too soon to write him off.

15:20 - The Nile could hardly have won any easier on his reappearance at Lingfield, beating his Zaeem by 11 lengths without being hard pressed. The form from his sole start last year is proving strong, the Timeform large 'P' attached to his rating highlights the level of improvement expected, as do the Group 1 entries connections have made, and he looks a solid choice as a banker.

15:55 - High Jinx shaped well on his return at Doncaster, being slightly outpaced but finishing best of all. The stiffer test faced here is sure to suit, and he is highly likely to give a good account of himself. It is also worth including Bernie the Bolt, an out-and-out stayer who looked rusty on his own return at this track 13 days ago over a mile and a half. The extra two furlongs will be right up his street.

16:30 - Time to take the plunge and put our faith in Captain Cat, a three-year-old trained by Roger Charlton. He has travelled with purpose on both starts to date, shaping as if in need of the run when finishing an 8 and three-quarter length fourth to Noble Mission at Newbury, is open to improvement and ought to be in the mix at the finish.

Selections:
13:40 - 2, 6, 14
14:15 - 1
14:45 - 3, 6, 7
15:20 - 6
15:55 - 7, 8
16:30 - 1
= 18 lines

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