Perth Placepot: Thursday April 25

Venetia Williams trains our banker in the first leg

The week's other festival at Perth gets the Placepot treatment on Thursday.

"Though plenty of the novices in this handicap field are interesting from a handicapping perspective, there are a couple that stand out for the purposes of a Placepot perm."

14:15 - Leg one is, in theory, quite straightforward. Looking On boasts the best form, while all of his seven rivals have one question or another hanging over them, so banking on him looks to be the best option, especially if all eight remain in the race and three places are up for grabs.

14:45 - Leg two must be a candidate for worst race at the Perth festival, so we're going to include three even though there are four places available as things stand. Tweedo Paradiso and Urban Kode are both fairly self-explanatory suggestions, the former unexposed and likely to have a better opportunity to settle in this big field, while the latter has run well on his last two starts and is a C&D winner from his current mark. Topo Gigio would be a less-obvious choice, and his inclusion does in a way reflect the quality of the race, but it's been his jumping that's held him back over fences on his last two starts and there's nothing wrong with his most recent hurdles outing, when he was a clear second to Coverholder, who would also win his next four.

15:15 - Race three is, in contrast, one of the better races this week. With nine left at the time of writing, it's quite an inviting race from a Placepot perspective, too. The Musical Guy is a shoo-in for our perm, his recent form the best on offer and his jumping issues, the only real concern, assuaged to some extent by the fact that Perth's fences are hardly the most fearsome. Exotic Man is more of a risky proposition, his best form over shorter, though he's a strong-travelling type that has shown himself effective over three miles, so even if he looms up only to falter late on he should sneak into the three.

15:45 - Though plenty of the novices in this handicap field are interesting from a handicapping perspective, there are a couple that stand out for the purposes of a Placepot perm. They are bumper winners Seebright and Until Winning. Seebright is perhaps going to be more of a stayer, though his profile to date is more consistent than the bare figures convey and there's little reason to think he won't put up a bold showing from an opening BHA mark of 119. Until Winning came unstuck on heavy ground when making his handicap debut, but he has form (including a defeat of subsequent winner Ballyculla last time) that suggests he can prove better than a 113 horse.

16:15 - Plenty of these arrive in form, but we can pick out a couple with especially strong claims. Firstly there's Micheal Flips, who got back on track at Ludlow last time and still looks to have room to manoeuvre raised 9 lb for that easy success. Second in is Mac Aeda, who has been consistent all season, finding only a rejuvenated Battle Group too strong in a better race at Aintree last time, and should have no problem with conditions.

16:45 - A staying hunters' chase to round off, and what's more we could do with a banker to keep our perm under control. Ideally, pairing Special Portrait and Sotovik would probably guarantee getting us over the line, but the recommendation is to go solo with the second-named. Sotovik's most recent Rules outing showed him to be at least as good as ever, while his form in points this year suggests he's retained most of that ability. Throw in his proven aptitude around Perth (four wins) and Sotovik becomes the strongest proposition in this race.

14:15 - 1
14:45 - 1, 4, 8
15:15 - 3, 8
15:45 - 2, 5
16:15 - 2, 10
16:45 - 1

= 24 lines  

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