St Leger Festival Placepot: Friday September 12

Friday's Placepot attempt comes from Doncaster
Friday's Placepot attempt comes from Doncaster

The Doncaster Leger meeting rolls on and the Placepot looks like an attractive bet on Friday...

Adventure Seeker boasts some very strong three-year-old handicap form, notably an excellent second in the Melrose last time, and he looks set to give a good account...

13:40- Ainippe has looked a really smart prospect, comfortably winning on both starts, but this is much more competitive than the races she has been winning and it could be worth opposing her in the Placepot. Moonraker created a fantastic impression when winning a strong Ascot maiden on debut, and shaped better than the bare result on his return from break at Goodwood, going with enthusiasm before weakening close home, the sixth furlong a step too far at that stage of his career. He subsequently built on that when finishing an unlucky second back over five furlongs at York (short of room at a crucial stage) and should be on the premises here. He is joined in the Placepot by Beacon as Richard Hannon's juvenile arguably should have won the Molecomb and then failed to stay in the Gimcrack last time. He will prove more effective back at this trip and can go close. 

14:10- Adventure Seeker boasts some very strong three-year-old handicap form, notably an excellent second in the Melrose last time, and he looks set to give a good account. Adventure Seeker has proven progressive this term, his latest effort at York no doubt representing a career-best performance, and the way he cruised through that race suggests he could yet be capable of better. This is competitive stuff, though, so we will also include Sir Walter Scott who hails from the red-hot Luca Cumani yard and remains lightly-raced for a stayer. He has hinted at promise on both starts for his current yard and there could still be more to come.

14:40- Estimate bounced back from a blip at Goodwood (reportedly in season) when staying on strongly to grab second in the Lonsdale Cup, finding only the unexposed improver Pale Mimosa too strong, and she will relish the extra two furlongs on offer this afternoon. If she's at her best she will win. Estimate will justifiably be popular, but she has let her supporters down on a couple of occasions, so it is worth putting the veteran Times Up in the permutation for a bit of insurance. Times Up wasn't far behind Estimate at York and looks primed to run up to his best in a race that he has won for the past two years.

15:15- Muraaqaba sets the standard here, back on the right track when winning the Sweet Solera Stakes last time, and she should have no problem staying a mile. She has been off the bridle at an early stage the last twice, however, suggesting that she isn't entirely straightforward, and could be worth opposing with Alonsoa and Agnes Stewart. Alonsoa was beaten by Muraaqaba at Newmarket but she might not have been in love with the soft surface on that occasion and is worth another chance to build on the positive impression she had previously created. Agnes Stewart stayed on nicely to grab second in a Leopardstown Group 3 that has thrown up a few subsequent winners so has to be respected here.  

15:45- Danzeno was an intended runner in last weekend's Sprint Cup (balloted out) and, if he is as good as connections think, he should take this handicap with little trouble. Danzeno has proven progressive this term, the one blip coming when knocking his head in the stalls at York, but his Group 3 win at Newcastle last time shows that he is a class apart from today's rivals and he ought to win. 

16:25- White Lake created a fantastic impression when bolting up in a strong maiden on debut at York. His top yard tend to bring their juveniles along steadily, so it bodes well for White Lake's prospects that he could run to such a high level on debut, and he is an exciting prospect, expected to develop into a Group-race performer before too long. 

Selections:
13:40- 4, 9
14:10- 6, 13
14:40- 8, 12
15:15- 1, 2
15:45- 2
16:25- 6
= 16 lines

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