Newmarket Placepot: Saturday September 29

Let's hope we're more Nicolas Colsaerts than Lee Westwood today

Inspired by last night's birdie-fest at Medinah, Keith Melrose takes the aggressive, 'fourball' approach at Newmarket over the more conservative, foursome-type play at Haydock or Market Rasen.

It’s probably 1.01 that the 35,000-plus spectators at Medinah will cause a greater stramash than the 34 horses set to charge down the Rowley Mile in the Cambrigeshire, but I can assure you the latter is more than intimidating enough for me.

13:55 - No sign of any first-tee nerves here as we go straight for a banker selection. Both Steeler and Fantastic Moon overcame the run of things to some degree when winning on their respective latest outings, but it's the former we prefer as the one with the obvious latent potential for this stiff one-mile trip. He's probably got the measure of Ballydoyle challenger Afonso de Sousa, too, judging by their meeting in the Acomb and all told it would be a surprise were he to miss the first three.

14:25 - As we saw last night in Chicago, being quick out of the blocks can prove decisive and we're going to take that methodology into leg two, the Cheveley Park Stakes. Speedsters Roshdu Queen and Ceiling Kitty would both be shorter prices but for some doubts raised over their suitability for a stiff six furlongs, but in truth everything points to them seeing this out and, for all the threat of Maureen is acknowledged, it'd be a shock if both found themselves out of the places. Roshdu Queen in particular has shades of Hooray, winner of this race in 2010, about her and would go down as our principal hope.

15:00 - Getting things your own way is one of the keys to success in most sports; Davis Love (who has laid out an idiosyncratic course design to suit his American team this week) knows it, and so does Elusive Kate, the steady pace she's been allowed to set in most of her races this year allowing her to compete with (and in some cases beat) some of the best milers around. She's got a bit more in the way of competition for the lead this time, though- most notably in the form of Laugh Out Loud- and so we can take her on with a couple of likely closers. Up is now in the form of her life and travelled well enough last time to suggest she can cope with the drop back to a mile, while Siyouma was less than a length behind Elusive Kate when they last met in the Falmouth and will be better suited by the likely stronger gallop.

15:40 - It's probably 1.01 that the 35,000-plus spectators at Medinah will cause a greater stramash than the 34 horses set to charge down the Rowley Mile in the Cambrigeshire, but I can assure you the latter is more than intimidating enough for me. The Cambridgeshire can be one of racing's great unfathomables, but when three of the horses you quite fancy (in my case Mijhaar, Start Right and King's Warrior) represent a wide spread on the draw then that's probably a good place to start. As a final selection, the in-form Spa's Dancer gets the nod, simply too good a price to resist about a horse that's proving better than ever and will have little problem with conditions.

16:15 - All the most dramatic golf courses have plenty of risk-and-reward opportunities over the closing holes, and much the same can probably be said of the most lucrative Placepot dividends. This fillies' nursery looks a suitable example, though the perceived strength of Annecdote's run at Doncaster last time makes her a solid proposition. With our partner safely on the green, so to speak, we can go straight for the pin with our second selection, nominating Woodlandsway. Her pedigree is probably above-average for a Richard Hannon juvenile, while she has some strong maiden form to her name and doesn't seem to have shown all she's got as yet. The only doubt is her stamina, but that's more than allowed for at current odds.

16:50 - We're facing a nerve-jangler to finish, with the choice between trying to drop it in dead-weight by taking one or both of Cape Classic and Idler, or rapping it into the back of the cup with something at slightly bigger odds. The latter route makes greater appeal, with Johnny Castle somewhat analogous to Cape Classic (and, as I write this, three times the price), while the very unexposed Poetic Dancer seems set to pick up the progressive thread again after an encouraging run at Salisbury earlier in the month.

Selections:
13:55 - 9
14:25 - 2, 7
15:00 - 2, 8
15:40 - 4, 6, 10, 21
16:15 - 5, 6
16:50 - 10, 18
= 64 lines

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