Nottingham Placepot: Wednesday October 29

Andrew Balding trains the final-leg banker
Andrew Balding trains the final-leg banker

There's a competitive card at Nottingham this afternoon and that is where we head for Wednesday's attempt at the Placepot...

This looks all about Nabatean as he is an unexposed, progressive three-year-old who comes here on the back of an excellent effort in an ultra-competitive handicap...

13:30- An ultra-competitive sprint handicap is just about the worst way to kick off the Placepot, and we will need to take a mob-handed approach. The first horse that we will turn to is Hazelrigg. Hazelrigg isn't the easiest to catch right, though he posted one of his better efforts last time when finishing third over C&D, and, able to run off the same mark, he is weighted to go close. Boxing Shadows has been running more good races than bad of late, hitting the frame on a number of occasions, and the fact he arrives here in good heart is clearly a positive. The final horse that we will include in the opening leg is Cardinal as, although he comes here on a long losing run, he handles give underfoot and bounced back to form when finishing runner-up last time. A reproduction of that sort of effort would see him on the premises. 

14:00- Things don't get a lot easier in the second race, plenty holding reasonable claims, but we will side with Monsieur Jamie and Fredricka. Monsieur Jamie hasn't managed a win this term, though he did shape well when going off too hard last time, hinting that his turn is about to come, and Adam Kirby is a positive booking. He is joined by the thriving Fredricka as she has won three of her last four starts, handling softer conditions well at Ayr last time, and is one to keep on the right side of at present.  

14:30- This looks a good opportunity for Arthur's Way as his maiden form sets the standard at this lowly level. He has produced a couple of laboured efforts recently, however, so it could be worth adding Chilworth Bells for a bit of insurance as he has at least won a race and comes here on the back of a respectable effort at Leicester. 

15:00- Following some tricky races earlier on the card, a much-needed banker comes courtesy of Storm The Stars. Storm The Stars hails from an excellent family and is in expert hands, and he produced an encouraging effort on debut, finishing a close-up second at Newmarket. That performance sets the standard and Storm The Stars should get off the mark here. 

15:30- Dubai Star is the obvious starting point here, the manner in which he justified good support to make a winning debut at Pontefract marking him down as an exciting prospect. That wasn't the deepest of maidens, but his pedigree, price tag and yard suggest that he should be well up to improving and making an impact from a fair-looking opening mark. He is sure to take up a fair chunk of the market, however, so we will also add Woody Bay to the permutation as he has really got into the groove for his new connections and still appeals as a well-treated horse.  
 
16:00- This looks all about Nabatean as he is an unexposed, progressive three-year-old who comes here on the back of an excellent effort in an ultra-competitive handicap. Nabatean already sets the standard but the step up in trip may well unlock further improvement and he is impossible to oppose.

Selections:
13:30- 9, 14, 16 
14:00- 3, 5
14:30- 1, 2
15:00- 8
15:30- 4, 16
16:00- 5
= 24 lines

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