Royal Ascot Placepot: Thursday June 18

It's Day Three of Royal Ascot on Thursday
It's Day Three of Royal Ascot on Thursday

The action at Royal Ascot continues on Thursday and Timeform suggest a Placepot permutation.

Mizzou has a rock-solid profile and is an obvious Placepot candidate, arriving on the back of a career-best effort and looking certain to relish this extreme test of stamina

14:30- This might develop into a match between Richard Hannon's two juveniles, King of Rooks and Log Out Island, as both horses have achieved a level of form well in excess of what the rest of the field have managed. Log Out Island's absence since his impressive debut is a slight concern, so we'll bank on National Stakes winner King of Rooks as he boasts a solid profile and looks sure to give a good account.

15:05- Bocca Baciata perhaps failed to meet expectations in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, but that was a strong race and the drop back to a mile possibly wasn't ideal, so we'll include Jessie Harrington's filly as the form of her previous listed win at Navan has worked out incredibly well. The horse to beat in the Tercentenary is undoubtedly Time Test, though, as he was extremely impressive when winning a strongly-contested Newbury handicap on return and remains open to plenty of improvement.

15:40- Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach is sure to be a warm order, but she does have stamina to prove at this trip, and there are a number of interesting fillies in opposition, so we'll take on Jim Bolger's challenger in the hope of a Placepot-busting result. The first horse to turn to is Curvy as she has been ultra-progressive this term, completing the hat-trick when getting the better of subsequent Derby fourth Giovanni Canaletto at the Curragh last month. She will relish this trip and has man-of-the-moment Ryan Moore in the saddle so looks sure to give a good account. Wedding Vow may still be a maiden but she has some strong form to her name and wasn't seen to best effect when turned over at odds-on at Lingfield last time. Wedding Vow remains open to improvement and shouldn't be underestimated representing a powerful stable in cracking form.

16:20- Forgotten Rules is certainly the horse to beat in the Gold Cup but his trainer has expressed reservations about the ground being quick enough, and, sure to be carrying a huge proportion of units, it may be worth taking him on in the Placepot. Mizzou has a rock-solid profile and is an obvious Placepot candidate, arriving on the back of a career-best effort and looking certain to relish this extreme test of stamina. We'll also include Tac de Boistron as, while he may relish soft ground, he's performed creditably on a sound surface before, and his form entitles him to be much shorter than the 16/1 on offer.

17:00- This is a really tricky handicap, featuring a number of ultra-progressive sorts, and progressing will not be easy. Our first selection will be Sahaafy as he was phenomenally-impressive when scoring at Newmarket last time, leaving a couple of promising sorts trailing in his wake, and should still have more to offer, bearing in mind that was just his fourth start. Irish raider Portage is also well worth keeping onside as his maiden form looks strong and he wasn't unduly punished on his handicap bow on return at the Curragh, denied a clear run and allowed to come home in his own time. The final string to our bow will be Amazour as he arrives on a sharp upward curve and may be capable of even better at this trip, certainly bred to appreciate it.

17:35- Another competitive handicap, but Dissolution looks to hold outstanding claims following a good effort in defeat behind the exciting Time Test at Newbury and this step up in trip looks sure to draw further improvement. He can race a shade lazily, though, so we'll include Taper Tantrum as a bit of insurance as he caught the eye when running on strongly to finish third at Epsom on Derby Day and surely has more to offer.

14:30- 5
15:05- 13, 14
15:40- 2, 9
16:20- 7, 10
17:00- 7, 10, 20
17:35- 4, 11
= 48 lines

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