There is an interesting card at Newton Abbot, and that is where we head for Sunday's Placepot attempt...
Ittirad bounced back to winning ways when taking a 17f handicap here last week, responding well and shaping as if superior to the winning margin having pressed on a long way out...
14:20- Black Cow doesn't look like the most straightforward of types, seemingly outbattled when runner-up over C&D last month, but he still sets a fair standard for his rivals to aim at and is the likeliest winner by some margin. Barring accidents, Paul Nicholls' charge is almost certain to be involved in the finish and is difficult to oppose.
14:50- Hinton Indiana has been resurgent since joining the Dan Skelton yard, albeit without quite being capable of scaling the same heights he managed as a novice hurdler two seasons ago, and he fared well from out of the handicap in a better contest than this at Worcester last time. He ought to be suited by returning to further - the Worcester contest was over 23f - and should give a good account.
15:20- Ittirad bounced back to winning ways when taking a 17f handicap here last week, responding well and shaping as if superior to the winning margin having pressed on a long way out. He is evidently in good heart and a penalty won't pose too many problems so John Ferguson's runner has to enter the equation. Ittirad is all speed, though, so the longer trip does provide a nagging doubt and, for insurance we will add Maxi Chop. Maxi Chop is proving expensive to follow, though he didn't appear to do much wrong over C&D last time and is worth including in the permutation.
15:50- Banking on horses in four-runner races, where only the winner progresses, is a risky strategy and not one we will follow, even though Tzora has plenty in his favour this afternoon and really ought to be winning. Tzora landed a pair of handicap hurdles here last year and, though he hasn't quite reached the same level this time, he did shape with some encouragement last time. Tzora has been found a nice opening and is the most likely winner, though his unconvincing profile means that we will also include the headstrong Hallings Comet for some insurance as he has the ability to figure if keeping his wayward tendencies in check.
16:20- My Lord has been largely consistent on the Flat this year and ran creditably on his return to hurdling when finishing fourth at Southwell. He didn't see things out quite as strongly as had looked likely at one stage, though, so today's drop back in trip ought to see him to even better effect, and he looks sure to launch a bold bid.
16:50- The front-running Capisci could be difficult to catch if getting his own way and he looks the best option in the concluding leg of the Placepot. He was disappointing last time when badly hampered at an early stage and unable to get to the lead, but had been in good heart prior to that, twice finishing in the frame, and he is likely to bounce back to form with this small field likely to suit his dominating style.
15:20- 2, 5
15:50- 1, 5
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