Sandown Placepot: Saturday August 31

Saturday's feature meeting comes from Sandown

Sandown is the headline meeting on Saturday and, as such, is likely to have the most lucrative Placepot pool. Keith Melrose tries his luck...

"There’s a strong chance that Integral just found the Nassau coming too soon in her development and that she’ll bounce back to take this Group 3 in style, but at odds around the 2.56/4 mark we can afford to look elsewhere."

14:05 - Luck is certainly going to be need in leg one irrespective of how we play it. Take the example of O'Gorman, a generally consistent sort who has nonetheless been undone by trouble in running more than once this year. Tidal's Baby is similarly reliant on things falling his way, but he's easily the next-best option for the Placepot, with the rest being typical sprinters in terms of their patchy form.

14:40 - Four-runners races are never good news for the Placepot punter, but in a race like the Solario it's easier to discard certain contenders. Many will actually be banking in this leg on Kingman, which makes a fair amount of sense as he could well be destined for the top, but there's enough danger in the form of Music Theory to justify us doubling up. If the more experienced Music Theory does take Kingman's measure, then we also have the bonus of knocking out the vast majority of lines.

15:15 - There's a strong chance that Integral just found the Nassau coming too soon in her development and that she'll bounce back to take this Group 3 in style, but at odds around the 2.56/4 mark we can afford to look elsewhere. Zibelina has been extremely progressive herself for a start, taking a race at this level last time on what was just her third outing less than two months on from her debut. Ladys First is a more familiar name and her record this year (placed on five of six starts, including at a higher level) makes her a really good backup option.

15:50 - Though this is a competitive handicap, Sennockian Star potentially makes things a lot easier as he's something of a dream Placepot selection having finished in the frame 17 times in a row and proving gradually progressive all the while. Also going in is his stablemate Fennell Bay, who runs far more good races than bad and will provisionally carry a lower proportion of the pool than he ought to as one from the same yard as the favourite.

16:25 - We need a banker at some stage, and this looks to be our best opportunity. Hunters Creek might be dropping in trip, one that isn't certain to suit on pedigree, but he has looked much better than a BHA mark of 79 so far and seems to know his job well enough already. Indeed, he made all last time, the only sign of residual inexperience being his idling as the runner-up closed.

17:00 - Emulating has held a fairly consistent level of form throughout 2013, in spite of not getting the clearest of runs on either of his last two starts, so he looks a good place to start in this final leg. Silver Dixie has a profile which is similarly attractive, though his recent improvement has been more marked. The downside with Silver Dixie is that he probably needs further to be seen at his best, but Sandown poses a fairly stern test of stamina so there's no reason why he shouldn't put himself in position again.

Selections:
14:05 - 10, 16
14:40 - 2, 3
15:15 - 3, 6
15:50 - 11, 13
16:25 - 3
17:00 - 1, 9

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