Sandown Placepot: Thursday May 31

Sandown, the scene for today's placepot punt

Timeform's Rob Lawfield runs the rule over tonight's placepot on a Betfair-sponsored card at Sandown...

Baileys Jubilee made quite an impression when adding to her maiden win in an admittedly weak minor event at Newmarket...

18:15 - Scottish Star's is relatively lightly raced for a four-year-old but he has won two of his five starts, both of which came on polytrack, and more can be expected of him this term, particularly back up to a mile and a quarter. Scottish Star benefitted from a strong pace when scoring at Kempton earlier this month and is likely to get those conditions again this evening. Twice Bitten and Chain of Events can pick up the scraps if the selection fails to come up to scratch.

18:45 - Baileys Jubilee made quite an impression when adding to her maiden win in an admittedly weak minor event at Newmarket, travelling powerfully before quickening smartly to beat Lucky Beggar by eight lengths. She dissapointed in listed company York last time but can bounce back tonight with a fast five furlongs right up her street.

19:20 - Opinion Poll's last nine starts have all been in graded races, winning three and being second in a further four. That strike-rate suggests that we should look no further than the winner of the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan at the end of March. Winner of tonight's race last year, Blue Bajan, will find it tougher this time, particularly as the ground will be completely different to 12 months ago, and it may be left to the progressive Times Up to chase the selection home.

19:55 - Carlton House makes his seasonal return in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes and will understandably be all the rage. Sir Michael Stoute saddled Workforce to win the first time out last year and his charge this time will likely take all the beating. Colombian will have a fitness edge and is already a course and distance winner at Group 3 level this year, but the fact that he must weight to the field means he's overlooked in favour of The Queen's runner.

8:25 - The fifth leg is a wide-open heat in which Top Offer, like last year's runner-up Fury, is on somewhat of a recovery mission. The ground was a big factor in his disappointing 2,000 Guineas effort, however, and it would be folly to overlook him now he has a chance to show his true colours again. However, he meets some progressive types and it may be worth throwing in Irish History, a bloodless debut winner at Windsor 10 days ago and who receives weight from the others being a filly.

8:55 - Directorship, twice a winner last year, wasn't knocked about when held in a handicap at Kempton earlier this month and can do better. He may have needed a bit of time to recover and rediscover his form after a profitable high summer and the signs were there last time that he still has more to offer. A high draw is a slightly concern though so back-up in the form of Highland Colori, who is from a yard in form and gains extra merit for his win latest, particularly as he raced alone, is needed. A 5lb rise may not stop him figuring.


18:15 - 3,8,10
18:45 - 8
19:20 - 2
19:55 - 2
20:25 - 9,10
20:55 - 4,9
= 12 lines

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