Sandown Placepot: Wednesday July 23

Wednesday's big meeting comes from Sandown
Wednesday's big meeting comes from Sandown

Wednesday's big meeting comes in the evening, at Sandown, as does the suggested Placepot perm.

"The two three-year-olds appear to dominate this handicap and though Alketios has the better overall profile and greater potential, this will ultimately prove more of a home fixture for Matravers..."

18:05 - We start with a competitive apprentice event in which Vodka Wells' undoubted stamina, backed up by experience over hurdles in France, trumps Who's That Chick's good run of form. 

Enriching may come as something of a surprise second choice. The basis is his consistency: just one bad run blots his record this year, that coming seemingly as the result of a short turnaround. Conditions are in his favour today and there are no concerns about him teaming up with Jack Osborn, the two having joined forces for Enriching's reappearance which yielded a respectable performance.

18:35 - The two three-year-olds appear to dominate this handicap and though Alketios has the better overall profile and greater potential, this will ultimately prove more of a home fixture for Matravers than the favourite, who's bound for middle distances. The market last time suggested that the Stoute yard feel they have Matravers there now and it's expected he will go close from a BHA mark of 73 over a trip that will suit.

19:10 - Take your pick between Azmaam and Darshini, the standout contenders for this maiden. On balance Azmaam looks the slightly better choice, his maiden form appealing as strong- he shaped well in finishing second to a horse that has gone well again since.

19:45 - This is time to play it straight. Provenance is better than a BHA mark of 84: she may not have proved it last time, though someone clearly thought so to back her into odds-on favouritism. The run itself was excusable, a lack of experience telling while she also pulled hard. Now dropped back to a stiff seven furlongs, she will be in the first two if she's derived anything at all from that first experience in handicaps.

20:20 - Gambol is certainly respected as he could just blow them away, though even if he does Meetings Man is easily the most likely to chase him home. The selection has proved his stamina and consistency several times over and is evidently in good form having won two of his four starts this season. 

20:50 - Keeping it simple is generally the best option in leg six when getting out options become legitimate. Professional, progressive Perfect Muse is even better than her belated first success at Newbury- and the 6-lb rise it has brought about- makes her look and she's justifiably a short-priced favourite to follow up now.

Selections:
18:05 - 1, 5
18:35 - 8
19:10 - 1
19:45 - 4
20:20 - 2
20:50 - 4

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