We head to Windsor's traditional Monday evening meeting for today's crack at the Placepot...
With Ryan Moore taking the ride this evening Mission Approved looks bombproof and is a banker proposition...
18:25- Mystic And Artist showed plenty of ability on debut at Thirsk, running on well to grab fourth having seemingly been uncomfortable with the early pace, and Karl Burke's filly ought to be suited by the step up to six furlongs at Windsor this evening. She should benefit enormously for that initial effort and makes significant appeal. There are some interesting rivals in opposition, though, notably the Richard Hannon-trained Hey You who cost €56,000 as a yearling and is related to a couple of winners. She is also worth keeping on side.
18:55- Mythical Madness cost the princely sum of 320,000gns as a yearling and he shaped encouragingly on debut at Redcar when finishing runner-up. Mythical Madness was on and off the bridle throughout the Redcar race, his inexperience clear for all to see, but he offered plenty to work on, the way in which he saw his race out offering hope for the future. Godolphin's charge looks sure to give a good account and appeals as banker Placepot material.
19:25- Scoppio Del Carro demonstrated signs of ability in a couple of two-year-old maidens last season, and he very much caught the eye on his seasonal return over C&D in May, travelling powerfully for much of the way. He failed to improve as anticipated on his handicap bow at Goodwood last time, but he isn't the finished article yet and looks worth another chance. Scoppio Del Carro is clearly no banker, though, so we will also add Gang Warfare to the permutation. Gang Warfare seemed to be unsuited by the tactical nature of the race when managing only sixth on his handicap bow at Kempton, but he remains capable of better from this fair-looking mark.
19:55- Mission Approved has produced creditable efforts on both starts for Luca Cumani, shaping better than the bare result at Doncaster last time, and he looks to be building up to a big effort, almost certainly well treated off his current mark. With Ryan Moore taking the ride this evening Mission Approved looks bombproof and is a banker proposition.
20:25- This once-competitive-looking handicap has been blighted by non-runners but Tides Reach, the most interesting horse in the race, still remains in contention and can ensure that we progress to the final leg of the Placepot. Tides Reach signed off for her two-year-old campaign with a victory at Kempton, scoring with more in hand than the bare winning margin would suggest and she bounced back from a lacklustre return when finishing a good third over C&D, staying on well, looking in need of a stronger gallop. Tides Reach remains relatively unexposed having made just the five starts and she can bounce back to her best.
20:55- The Ralph Beckett-trained Sleeper is a well-bred filly who has yet to trouble the judge in a trio of maidens at around one mile, but there were better signs here last time when she kept on in pleasing fashion under sympathetic handling. This stiffer test will be right up her street and the opening mark looks very fair, so she has to enter the reckoning. We will also include another handicap debutant in the shape of Colourful. Colourful is extremely well bred, being closely related to Riposte and Kind - who is notably the dam of Frankel - and although she may not be capable of living up to her lofty pedigree, it is too soon to write her off following one disappointing effort at Doncaster.
18:25- 6, 10
19:25- 4, 10
20:55- 3, 11
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