Newmarket Placepot: Thursday September 26

Newmarket plays host to racing on Thursday.

Timeform's Matt Gardner tackles the Placepot at Newmarket on Thursday...

"Lady Cecil’s Court Pastoral makes plenty of appeal in this listed event, particularly with the promise of further progress to come..."

14:00 - There's a chance that Master Of The World is slightly flattered by his debut effort, when second to Snow Trouble in a Goodwood maiden, and though he failed to repeat that in a strong race at York last time he looked a shade unlucky not to finish closer. The suspicion is that Martin Harley will bounce him out from his draw on the stands' side rail and he could capitalise on a prominent position. Mark Johnston's Rainbow Rock showed plenty on debut and should improve for this extra furlong, so he makes also makes the cut alongside Godolphin's newcomer King's Land, a son of 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Kazzia and a half-brother to three winners, including the very smart Eastern Anthem. 

14:35 - Newmarket Warrior heads the Timeform weight-adjusted ratings and should go well under man of the moment Oisin Murphy but he'll need to settle better if he's to win and preference is for Safety Check and Stormardal. The first mentioned appeals as being pretty solid and is likely to run his race whilst Stormardal, who progressed well in maidens, holds some lofty entries and could have been let in lightly on his handicap bow. 

15:10 - Lady Cecil's Court Pastoral makes plenty of appeal in this listed event, particularly with the promise of further progress to come, but it is pretty competitive so we're also going to include Astonishing, who was a bit unlucky to bump into an upwardly mobile sort last time, in the Placepot. 

15:40 - This is a tricky race to solve from a Placepot perspective as Cable Bay sets the standard but doesn't look solid enough to bank on, Championship should bounce back from his Royal Ascot disappointment but there is an element of risk, God Willing could be anything and it's hard to get a hold on how good the Mawfoor is after running well at Doncaster last time. We're going to tentatively side with Godolphin's Silent Bullet, who is unbeaten and remains a decent prospect, and Nezar, who has a bit to find but is progressing gradually and has scope for further improvement. 

16:15 - We need a banker somewhere along the line and this staying event looks the best opportunity, with John Gosden's Caucus the one selected. If I'm totally honest I wasn't convinced by how he went through the Lonsdale Cup last time, as he was under pressure a long way from home, but he ultimately wasn't disgraced and seems sure to give his running for all that he has a penalty to contend with. 

16:50 - George Guru probably doesn't have much room for manoeuvre off this mark, and he did run poorly when last seen in the Bunbury Cup, but he is a largely consistent performer and ought to be bang there if at his best after a break. We're also going to stick in Uppercut, who produced a career-best when scoring at Kempton last time and hasn't been too harshly dealt with by the handicapper, going up just 4 lb. 

Selections:
14:00 - 6, 9, 16
14:35 - 1, 2
15:10 - 7, 8
15:40 - 7, 8
16:15 - 1
16:50 - 2, 7
= 48 lines

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