Pontefract Placepot: Sunday August 16

Sunday's attempt at the Placepot comes from Pontefract
Sunday's attempt at the Placepot comes from Pontefract

There's an interesting card at Pontefract this afternoon and that's where we head for Sunday's attempt at the Placepot.

David Lanigan's Almodovar looks a three-year-old to follow, progressing all the time, and he can prove that he's still a step ahead of the handicapper by taking this prize..

14:15- Shaka Zulu made an encouraging debut over six furlongs at Windsor in June but failed to build on that when seemingly unsuited by the drop to this trip at Lingfield last time. This stiffer track should suit, though, and he represents an in-form yard in a race which may not take a great deal of winning. As the horses with experience don't set the bar too high it is also worth including Richard Fahey's newcomer Appleton as he looks a likely type on paper, related to a useful sprinter from the same yard.

14:45- David Lanigan's Almodovar looks a three-year-old to follow, progressing all the time, and he can prove that he's still a step ahead of the handicapper by taking this prize. The fact Almodovar is still entered in the St Leger is some indication of the regard in which he's held, and he should prove difficult to beat.

15:15- Di's Gift is still a maiden after 12 starts under both codes, but he ran his best race to date when finishing runner up at Carlisle earlier this month and he should give another good account. Di's Gift is still relatively unexposed at the trip, so may yet do better, and he should go close. Call It On was the horse who beat Di's Gift at Carlisle and, whilst he's no certainty to confirm that form, he's also one of the more likely types and deserves including in the Placepot.

15:45- The rapidly-progressive Queen's Pearl looks capable of making an impact at this level based on her facile success at Nottingham last time. True, that win was achieved in a weak fillies' handicap off a mark of 83, but Queen's Pearl blitzed her rivals, travelling in the style of a horse who will be at home in this better company. We will bank on Roger Varian's thriving filly taking this step up in class in her stride.

16:20- The form of Pumaflor's latest run is working out well and he makes plenty of appeal from a handicapping perspective. Pumaflor actually shaped better than the bare result at York last time having made good ground from an unpromising position, and he should be on the premises. As this is a reasonably competitive race we will also include Spring Offensive as he showed plenty of ability as a juvenile and has put up some creditable efforts this term, including at Goodwood last time when his stamina seemed stretched by the 10-furlong trip.

16:50- Godolphin's Sky Cape was sent off favourite for a Nemarket maiden recently, and he shaped encouragingly to finish third behind a subsequent winner, showing plenty of ability as well as obvious signs of inexperience. With improvement on the cards he should prove hard to beat.

Recommendations:
14:15- 1, 4
14:45- 10
15:15- 2, 5
15:45- 10
16:20- 6, 7
16:50- 5
= 8 lines

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