Perth Placepot: Wednesday April 23

It's the first day of the Perth festival
It's the first day of the Perth festival

Perth hasn't suffered from non-runners in the same way Epsom has, so makes for a safer Placepot perm.

"Today Ut Majeur Aulmes is partnered by Denis O’Regan, who is just the man for the job aboard a horse that does his best work on the bridle."

14:10 - In a maiden that lacks depth, we can choose to bank on Another Mattie. It's suspected that hurdling debutant Trickaway will go off favourite and probably rightly so. Another Mattie is far more experienced and has the form to win a race like this, his mettle in a finish the main reason he hasn't yet. We can also ignore his blot at Kelso last time in the wider scheme, his being held up over an inadequate trip at a course that firmly favours front runners a viable excuse.

14:40 - Golden Sparkle's chance is respected, though we've a couple of solid options besides the likely favourite. In By Midnight suggested she might even be improving with how she went through the race at Stratford last time, her three-month absence just telling after the last as she failed to keep up with the winner. Similarly, Brijomi Queen was up against it last time (out the weights in a stronger race) and could yet improve over this sort of trip.

15:15 - Few would have believed at the start of the season that the only festival Oscar Rock would make would be Perth, but there's reason for it: chiefly his increasingly iffy-looking attitude. A better option is current second-favourite Sausalito Sunrise, whose only poor effort over hurdles so far came when he was playing somewhat above himself at the Cheltenham Festival. His recent win at Bangor ensured his continued good form and he is a more stable selection than the talented Oscar Rock.  

15:50 - A banker here would be ideal given what's to come and although neither Ut Majeur Aulmes nor Roc d'Apsis is absolutely unimpeachable, both have strong claims of finishing in the first two. Preference is for Ut Majeur Aulmes, a strong traveller who promises to make into a useful chaser. Today he is partnered by Denis O'Regan, who is just the man for the job aboard a horse that does his best work on the bridle.

16:25 - We could attempt something showy and oppose Strongpoint, though when the alternative carries more risk it often pays just to play safe. Strongpoint was at his best making all earlier in the winter, winning a couple of times at Musselburgh. He understandably couldn't pull off the same trick at Cheltenham or Aintree, though he shaped well under more patient tactics at the latter and a return to positive tactics would be no bad thing in this small-field affair.

17:00 - Although taking two of the market principals would be an unorthodox approach, this race necessitates is. Nothing comes close to being solid besides Lamboro Lad, who goes for the in-form Peter Bowen yard and has himself been knocking on the door, and the likeable Fiddlers Reel

14:10 - 1
14:40 - 2, 5
15:15 - 3
15:50 - 1
16:25 - 1
17:00 - 7, 9

= 4 lines

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