Pontefract Placepot: Sunday August 19

Sir Mark Prescott: Trainer of Solar View.

Timeform's Matt Gardner heads to Pontefract for Sunday's crack at the Placepot...

It would be a surprise were Solar View not to land the hat-trick in this event, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained three-year-old progressing well as he learns his trade...

14:15 - Top Boy has yet to hit the mark in seven attempts, but he sets a high standard for a race of this nature and is a must for the 'pot'. A return to the minimum distance will be right up his street and he may prove hard to beat, but it is also worth sticking in Time and Place, who ought to have learnt from his debut experience and presents us with an excellent opportunity of doubling up.

14:45 - Plenty are in with a chance here, making it a tricky leg to negotiate, but the hope is that Muntasir and Lady Kashaan can steer us safely through. The former finished runner-up here in June before getting off the mark at Kempton, running his best race yet. He appeared slightly disadvantaged by the run of the race last time, finding only one too good, and he seems sure to go well. Lady Kashaan is best judged on her win at Carlisle, as things have not gone her way in two starts since and she appeals as the type to win more races.

15:15 - It would be a surprise were Solar View not to land the hat-trick in this event, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained three-year-old progressing well as he learns his trade. His credentials are not quite convincing enough to make him banker material however, so Petella, who won this race 12 months ago off the same BHA mark, is added as a bit of insurance with connections possibly having had a repeat bid in mind for some time.

15:45 - Mince ran her best race yet when winning at Ascot last weekend, merely kept up to her work to defeat her nine rivals. She appeals as the most likely winner of this, but a slightly wide draw tempers enthusiasm with regards to her being the sole selection, so Miss Work of Art joins her in the permutation. She has a lengthy absence to overcome but is well berthed in stall three and it would come as no surprise were she to go close.

16:15 - Asatir tasted success on his first three starts, putting up his best performance when winning a useful handicap at Windsor on the third occasion, and if forgiving him his latest start at Goodwood (eased off when beaten), he would have a solid chance of making the places here. Also getting the nod is Sweetnessandlight, who is tasked with her toughest assignment yet but has impressed in victory on her last two starts and should go well once more.

16:45 - A tricky closing contest awaits us, and it is best to side with Alraaseed and Eamaadd in hope of landing the spoils. The former looks the part physically and on pedigree, and he has finished in the places on both starts this year. The suspicion is that we are yet to see the best of him, with a similar comment applying to Eamaadd, who appeared still to be learning at Thirsk last time and ought to have more to offer.

Selections:
14:15 - 10, 11
14:45 - 2, 8
15:15 - 3, 9
15:45 - 11, 12
16:15 - 1, 8
16:45 - 4, 6
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