Newmarket Placepot: Saturday September 27

John Gosden has his string in fine form
John Gosden has his string in fine form

With the ultra-competitive Cambridgeshire on the card, the Placepot could pay well at Newmarket...

14:00- Sandy Cay looked potentially useful when getting off the mark at Kempton, but she hasn't been missed in the market and is sure to be carrying plenty of lines in the Placepot, arguably more lines than she is entitled to in this competitive field. Instead, it could be worth siding with Gregoria and Little Lady Katie, a pair of horses that ran well at Doncaster last time, proving themselves to be competitively handicapped. Gregoria gave it a bold bid from the front, weakening into fifth close home, but the application of cheekpieces could draw a slight bit of improvement, while front-running tactics are often advantageous on the Rowley Mile. Little Lady Katie was a couple of places ahead at Doncaster, and she represents a yard whose juveniles are in flying form. She can take another step up here with the return to seven furlongs likely to be in her favour.

14:35- Nafaqa's listed win at Doncaster represents the strongest form on offer, backed up by the clock as well as the subsequent success of Toocoolforschool in the Mill Reef, and Barry Hills's colt is capable of better yet, the manner in which he cruised through the race last time marking him down as an exciting prospect. He has shown a quirk or two - hung notably in the closing stages at Doncaster - but any issues can hopefully be ironed out with experience, and we will bank on Nafaqa. 

15:10- The performance that Tiggy Wiggy produced in the Lowther Stakes was the best of any juvenile this season, and she should prove difficult to beat in the Cheveley Park. In fact, so good was that effort, only one winner of the Cheveley Park in the past 20 years - Queen's Logic - has clocked a bigger figure. The effort was backed up by a remarkably fast time, and the third has subsequently won a Group 1, so the form is rock solid and a reproduction should be enough to see Tiggy Wiggy win again. We will bank on Richard Hannon's flying filly.

15:50- Unsurprisingly the Cambridgeshire is an ultra-competitive contest, featuring any number of horses capable of winning from their current marks, but the first horse that we will turn to is the John Gosden-trained Cornrow. Gosden has a fantastic record in this race with lightly-raced types that have gone on to make an impression in pattern races the following season, and Cornrow could be a similar sort. He shaped very well over an inadequate seven furlongs at Ascot last time and is likely to give a good account. Bronze Angel won this event two years ago, so is evidently well suited by the unique distance, and has been in cracking form of late. He's gone up the handicap as a consequence, but he ought to go well. At bigger prices, Bancnuanaheireann has to be considered when you take into his account his excellent record over C&D, while the well-handicapped Chancery is sure to be staying on strongly late on.

16:25- There are some interesting newcomers in this line up but Taqneyya shaped well at Chepstow last time, represents a yard whose juveniles are going well and possesses the physical scope to progress further. That effort is the best form on offer, but you get the feeling we have only seen a glimpse of what Taqneyya is capable of producing, and she ought to finish in the places. 

17:00- The trio with experience don't set a particularly exacting standard, so it could be worth opposing them with a couple of well-bred juveniles making their debuts. Hana Line and Lady Correspondent both represent leading yards, make plenty of appeal on paper, and are proving popular in the early betting skirmishes. 

Selections:
14:00- 5, 6
14:35- 5
15:10- 8
15:50- 14, 20, 22, 28
16:25- 12
17:00- 4, 6
= 16 lines

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