14:20- With the well-bred and expensively-purchased Alegra now a non-runner, Close at Hand and Cloudwalker, the two horses with the best form in the race, should be difficult to keep out of the frame and we will include both of them as we try to negotiate the first leg.
14:50- Orbison has potential now entering handicap company but, from a Placepot perspective, Girl of Cadiz looks like the most solid option and registers as a second-leg banker. Richard Hannon's filly gained a reward for her consistency when prevailing at Lingfield in April and has bounced back from a rare poor effort at Newmarket to fill the runner-up spot on her two most recent outings. She looks sure to give another good account.
15:20- A brother to St Leger winner Lucarno and Great Voltigeur winner Thought Worthy, Flying Officer is clearly bred to be smart and he can build on the positive impression he created as a juvenile. Successful on debut at Sandown, Flying Officer was set a stiff task on his second outing, stepped up to Group 3 level at Newmarket in the Autumn Stakes. As it turned out, last year's Autumn Stakes was a very strong renewal as future Irish Derby winner Trading Leather led home horses such as Montiridge (Jersey Stakes second), Glory Awaits (2000 Guineas second) and Galileo Rock (Derby third), so it was little surprise that the inexperienced Flying Officer could make no impression. Flying Officer makes his reappearance as a three-year-old from a fair mark and could prove a class above his rivals.
15:55- Fast may not have been seen to best effect in the Queen Mary, but she is still likely to start at a short price and carry plenty of lines, so it could be worth taking her on. Emperor's Hope, who looks like the Hannon second string on paper, progressed to get off the mark at Salisbury last time and could still be open to further improvement, while Majestic Alexander bounced back to form at Bath, travelling powerfully for much of the way, and could also have a say.
16:30- Gaul Wood is a fairly reliable type who has held his form well; he is the first horse we will include in the Placepot. This is a tricky, tightly-knit handicap, though, so we will also add the in-form Ree's Rascal. Jim Boyle's gelding was better than ever when landing a handicap at Newbury on his most recent outing and he should once again put up a bold show.
17:00- Just the two places on offer complicates matters slightly but including both Tempuran and Time Square should hopefully see us secure the Placepot spoils. Richard Hughes is an interesting booking for Tempuran, who shaped well at Chepstow last time on his first start since leaving Germany, while Time Square won at Kempton last time but seems equally effective on turf and should give his running.
14:20- 5, 6
15:55- 2, 3
16:30- 3, 4
17:00- 1, 6
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