Plumpton Placepot: Monday January 12

It's Timeform day at Plumpton
It's Timeform day at Plumpton

Timeform day at Plumpton comes under Keith Melrose's inspection for the Placepot.

"With only three really entering calculations in this five-runner heat, expectation would be to take two of them. Since Tigre d’Aron is unlikely to ever be a Placepot horse, that makes Golanova and Parting Way our two."

13:20 - Ryeolliean is probably justified in being favourite, unpenalised and relatively unexposed. Jebril is definitely better for our purposes, though: experienced (including in the red-hot Ladbroke last time), consistent and a C&D winner. And, as a bonus, not favourite.

13:55 - From a win perspective there's good reason to be interested in Albatross de Guye, who has two pieces of form on which, depending on your interpretation, an opening BHA mark of 87 could be far too lenient. However, with neither being totally solid we have to go with Bravo Riquet instead. The manner of his win here last week, plus the fact that a handful of ex-Robin Mathews charges have improved for new yards in recent weeks, suggests there's more to come.

14:30 - Oh, hi there Bally Sands, fancy seeing you here. He would have added miles to the Mathews-Bridgewater A-road at Ludlow last week but for an unfortunate incident involving rider Jake Launchbury which has already generated more controversy than we could possibly mention here. Consistent for his previous yard and seemingly as good as ever now, he is the only logical option in a trappy leg.

15:05 - With only three really entering calculations in this five-runner heat, expectation would be to take two of them. Since Tigre d'Aron is unlikely to ever be a Placepot horse, that makes Golanova and Parting Way our two. 

15:35 - In David Cleary's race there's a temptation to chance an enticing outsider, but we'll have to settle for simply looking past the favourite. Sweet Boy Vic is a more appealing Placepot selection, his general consistency even stronger this winter and his course form plentiful.

16:05 - Only half of this field have Timeform ratings and the three that do each has a 'squiggle' beside it. It's a difficult leg, though in truth both Mr Fickle and Nouailhas can claim to have more solid records than most low-grade 'squiggle' horses. The latter gets the nod for us with the prospect of him getting an early lead.

Selections:
13:20 - 1
13:55 - 1
14:30 - 2
15:05 - 2, 3
15:35 - 8
16:05 - 5

= 2 lines

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