There's an interesting meeting at Sandown this evening and that's where we head for Thursday's attempt at the Placepot...
Dark Deed chased home an exciting prospect at Leicester and he remains with plenty of potential himself...
17:55- Kassia made a promising start when finishing runner-up in a strong-looking maiden at Ascot - the form has since been franked, incidentally - and she's likely to be difficult to beat. A low draw is often an advantage on the Sandown five-furlong course, though, so we'll also add Fashionable Spirit as she's shown fair form and may have a bit more to offer.
18:25- Critical Risk created a good impression when winning on return at Doncaster but, while he deserves his position at the head of the market, this is a competitive contest, featuring a number of unexposed, progressive sorts, and we'll instead side with Sugar Boy and Chief Spirit. Sugar Boy looked a tricky ride last time, but he possesses plenty of ability and ought to be suited by the step up to a mile on a stiff track, so an improved showing could be on the cards. Chief Spirit was well held on his debut as a two-year-old but has shaped well both starts since, including on his seasonal return when finishing third to Intilaaq, and he can improve now pitched into a handicap.
19:00- There are a few potential improvers here but Yorkidding won in good style at York last Friday, proving that she's well ahead of her mark at present, and the step up in trip ought to suit. She looks sure to give a good account and is banker material.
19:35- This is an ultra-competitive three-year-old handicap and we'll need to go in mob-handed to progress. The expensively-purchased Soluble is the first horse we'll turn to following his encouraging effort at Salisbury. Soluble had looked an exciting prospect when winning on debut at Windsor, and he shaped much better than the bare result last time, meeting trouble in running and still looking a bit green. He's joined in the permutation by Duretto and Indelible Ink, a pair of promising types who look sure to appreciate the step up in trip and the extra emphasis on stamina.
20:05- Dark Deed chased home an exciting prospect at Leicester and he remains with plenty of potential himself, sure to step forward with the benefit of that run under his belt. We'll bank on Sir Michael Stoute's unexposed three-year-old.
20:35- Sequester has returned in excellent heart, registering a pair of wins, but she has to concede lumps of weight to some unexposed younger horses and is sure to be carrying plenty of units, so we'll instead side with Shaw Ting and Saint Honore. Shaw Ting shaped well in maidens last season and testing conditions offer a valid excuse for a disappointing effort on handicap debut, while Saint Honore is steadily progressive and arrives on the back of two solid performances, so holds strong claims.
17:55- 2, 5
18:25- 3, 5
19:35- 4, 7, 11
20:35- 5, 10
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