Warwick Placepot: Saturday January 10

Veteran Carruthers has been given a chance by the assessor
Veteran Carruthers has been given a chance by the assessor

Following Friday's successful Placepot permutation, we head to Warwick this afternoon...

Last year's runner-up Carruthers may be getting on in years, but he has dropped to an attractive mark and could be primed for another bold show...

12:45- Shady Lane hasn't been with Dan Skelton for long but he made a successful start at Fakenham and could yet have more to offer for his upwardly-mobile yard. He is joined in the permutation by G'dai Sydney as Peter Bowen's charge comes here in good form having followed up a win at Plumpton with a third at Wincanton. He should give his running and remains with potential in this sphere, mindful of the level he showed in bumpers. 

13:20- Keel Haul ran respectably on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter, matching the level of form that he had shown over hurdles, and he might be capable of building upon that performance with some experience under his belt. Keel Haul goes well in the mud and can launch a bold bid. We'll also include Greywell Boy as he represents an in-form yard and ran well to finish runner-up last time. His profile is rather patchy, but there's no doubt that the ability is there, and he can make an impact from this kind of mark.

13:55- Deputy Dan won on this card last year, looking a most exciting prospect, but he's failed to live up to expectations as a chaser, disappointing the last twice. He sets the standard but is definitely opposable on recent form, so we'll side with It's A Steal and Sego Success. It's A Steal takes a step up in grade, but it's well deserved on the back of two easy wins, and this sort of test might bring out further improvement. Sego Success is lightly raced for a seven-year-old and he created a good impression when accounting for If In Doubt at Wetherby, looking the type to carry on progressing with experience.

14:25- Phoenix Returns has looked like an improved performer this term and he produced a career-best effort to run out a ready winner at Carlisle. Phoenix Returns appeared to relish the step up to three miles at Carlisle, improving for the increased test of stamina, and he has to be respected on the back of such an authoritative win. Plenty of his opponents have questions to answer, so we'll bank on the in-form Phoenix Returns.

15:00- With eight set to go to post and three places on offer we'll save lines by banking on Shantou Bob. Warren Greatrex's runner sets the standard courtesy of his narrow second to Vyta du Roc at Sandown, and a reproduction of that level of form would ensure that he finishes on the premises. Shantou Bob's good attitude is a big positive, as is his ability to handle testing conditions, and he ought to go close.

15:35- Last year's runner-up Carruthers may be getting on in years, but he has dropped to an attractive mark and could be primed for another bold show. Carruthers is at his best when the mud is flying, and his attacking style is well suited to this course, so he could take a bit of pegging back. We'll also add Return Spring to the permutation as he has taken well to chasing and could benefit from this added emphasis on stamina. His form was given a boost with Highland Retreat's win yesterday and he may well prove to be well treated. 

Recommendations:
12:45- 3, 5
13:20- 3, 5
13:55- 3, 5
14:25- 3
15:00- 4
15:35- 3, 7
= 16 lines

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