Plumpton Placepot: Sunday January 4

Sunday's Placepot comes from Plumpton
Sunday's Placepot comes from Plumpton

Plumpton is the focus for the Placepot on Sussex National day.

"Plenty in the Sussex National demand some sort of respect, none as much as Amroth Bay who looks to have turned over a new leaf for Dan Skelton this winter and has already proved his stamina for this sort of trip."

12:50 - The betting has three of the runners in this novice clear of the rest. With Devilment and Santa's Secret both making their hurdling debut, it falls to Pain Au Chocolat to be our banker. His form last time in finishing second to Seamour (who has won again since) stands out in this field.

13:20 - This is a sparkling small-field novice, though it does jar slightly for the Placepot. The saving grace is that My Silver Cloud can be safely ruled out of win calculations, leaving Chris Pea Green, Grumeti and Sail By The Sea to fight it out.

13:50 - There are two well ahead of the others here and, though Caracci Apache is the more obviously attractive, Kilgeel Hill is the better option for us. He has the greater hurdling experience for a start and has essentially proved his stamina for the trip.

14:20 - There are plenty of hints that the stars might be about to align for The Game Is A Foot, including strong market support, though with little obvious promise on either start so far this winter we can't be taking the risk. Instead we'll have Look For Love, another who has dropped in the weights, and Flashy Star, who is reunited with Richard Johnson.

14:50 - We're going to take the counter-intuitive approach of banking in what could easily be the hardest race of the day. Plenty in the Sussex National demand some sort of respect, none as much as Amroth Bay who looks to have turned over a new leaf for Dan Skelton this winter and has already proved his stamina for this sort of trip.

15:25 - Like The Game Is A Foot earlier on the card, there's the feel of a stroke about to be pulled on Bravo Riquet and so weak is this race besides him that he has to enter calculations. The Sneezer is our only other legitimate option, his return to fences last time yielding a season's-best effort from a reduced mark.

Selections:

12:50 - 14
13:20 - 1, 2, 4
13:50 - 6
14:20 - 3, 7
14:50 - 13
15:25 - 2, 7

= 12 lines

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