Flat action in the UK comes from Ripon on Sunday and that is where we head for our attempt at the Placepot...
14:10- Roossey shaped better than the bare result would suggest on his racecourse debut at Doncaster, showing good early speed before weakening in the closing stages and losing a few places, and he ought to improve considerably for the experience. That was a fair introduction from the William Haggas-trained juvenile and he can get off the mark at the second attempt.
14:40- Flying Machine is a half-brother to several winners and he made a promising debut at Doncaster, just edged out by a well-supported rival. Richard Fahey's juvenile sets a decent standard based on that effort and, with further improvement likely, he ought to take a fair bit of beating.
15:10- Tagtale finished last of 11 on debut at Redcar but was a different proposition down in grade with blinkers fitted at the same venue next time. A penalty for that win makes things tricky, however, and it could be worth siding with Kidmeforever and Reet Petite. Kidmeforever has twice hit the frame in five-furlong maidens and should be well suited by this drop in grade, while Reet Petite showed a bit of promise on debut and the application of cheekpieces could help her bounce back from a poor effort at Beverley last time.
15:40- The withdrawal of Cheworee, reducing the field to seven, has made things trickier but Bondesire made a great reappearance when producing a career-best effort to win at Beverley, and he can enhance his good record at this venue. Bondesire represents an in-form yard, is in good form and is still progressive; he clearly has a lot to recommend him. For a bit of insurance we will also add Love Island to the permutation as, although he was disappointing on his return over C&D, he was a largely consistent type last term.
16:10- Yeager certainly has pieces of form that makes him of interest from his current mark, but, mindful of the fact he is likely to take up a big chunk of the pool, we will oppose him with a couple of course specialists in Osteopathic Remedy and Dubai Dynamo. Neither have much scope from their current marks, but they seem ideally suited by the demands of this undulating course and are likely to give their running, which should be good enough to see us progress.
16:40- With eight set to go to post, we will bank on the William Haggas-trained Notebook as he has proven progressive and could yet be open to further improvement. Notebook, a 110,000gns yearling, produced his best effort yet when finishing runner-up in a maiden at Beverley and he makes the switch to handicap company from what looks to be a fair opening mark.
15:10- 6, 7
15:40- 1, 2
16:10- 5, 9
= 8 lines
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