Pontefract Placepot: Sunday June 24

Pontefract is the venue for Sunday's placepot.

Timeform's Mark Powell-Bevan heads to Pontefract for Sunday's placepot...

Tamarrud is best not judged on his Kempton reappearance and has plenty of improvement in him given his pedigree...

14:10 - With Mollyvator a non-runner, Brian Meehan's Fantacise is the clear standard setter in the opening maiden. She has produced her two most encouraging efforts on ground with a bit of give, so should hopefully handle today's softer conditions, and first-time blinkers could bring about some improvement - she's a first-leg banker.

14:40 - Most in this have a patchy profile to some extent, but Kathalino and Lady Advocate have already hit the mark this season and should be thereabouts, the former unlucky not to have followed up her Redcar success after getting a troubled passage at Ayr last time.

15:10 - Tamarrud is best not judged on his Kempton reappearance (forced wide and unable to sustain effort) and has plenty of improvement in him given his pedigree (from family of Leger winner Rule of Law) and what he showed in winning a Lingfield maiden on his sole start last year. Robemaker will likely be in the mix, but the other most interesting contender is Edmaaj, who improved to win at York recently, overcoming unfavourable circumstances.

15:40 - Just four runners, but it's one of the more difficult legs from a placepot perspective. Brown Panther has something to prove after a disappointing reappearance, so he's left out, and Jet Away will likely carry a large chunk of the pool with two ones next to his name, so we'll take a risk and hope to get him out with Godolphin's Lost In The Moment, who shaped as if he would come on for his reappearance and will be suited by the step back up in trip, and Glen's Diamond, who finished runner-up in the Yorkshire Cup last time but is another with plenty of speed for a stayer.

16:10 - It takes plenty of stamina to see out 18f around Pontefract when the going is soft, so plump for the thorough stayers here. Descaro falls into that bracket and hasn't had things go his way on his last two starts, latterly when sixth behind Blackstone Vegas over C&D under pretty similar conditions to today - that effort also earns the winner a place on the ticket.

16:40 - Unless Sir Henry Cecil's newcomer Crystal Monarch is something out of the ordinary, this looks a two-horse race. There's not much to split Swynmor (chased home a smart prospect at Haydock) and Mashaari (gave Shantaram a scare last time), however, so don't bother trying - just include them both.

Selections
14:10 - 5
14:40 - 8, 9
15:10 - 6, 9
15:40 - 3, 4
16:10 - 9, 10
16:40 - 4, 5
= 32 lines

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