With so much doubt surrounding the turf meetings this morning, today's Placepot perm comes from the evening card at Wolverhampton.
"Our other selection is Monsieur Pontaven, who has also been more solid this year than his form figures give him credit for."
17:55 - We're going to try and keep things light on today's Pot, so for all this opener is a four-runner affair we're going to bank on Secret of Success. None of her opponents would appear to have anything like her potential, while she looked professional enough on her debut to suggest that inexperience is no more than a minor concern. What's more, she may get and easy lead.
18:30 - Unfortunately, this leg is also down to four now, while it's a much tougher one to call, too, with three of those that remain arriving in good form. We're therefore going to take Admirable Duque, Jezza and Waving, fairly safe with the idea that Cash Injection won't win.
19:00 - Baltic Prince is a worthy favourite, his form having taken off on his last two starts, while the likelihood is he'll cope with this longer trip given the way he stayed on over six last time, though he's possibly shorter than he deserves to be, while we could do with getting at least one favourite out. The alternative is to bank on Actonetaketwo, who has run well to place on her last two starts and is the only one likely to be asked to make the running in this heat.
19:30 - This three-year-old handicap is simply too competitive to allow us to bank. The good news, though, is that we can also avoid putting in likely favourite Khudoua, who isn't much of a Placepot prospect on account of his absence, acknowleding he's bred to be much better than a BHA rating of 74. Pairumani Prince probably wouldn't be that high on the list for win purposes, but he's shown himself consistent (won three in a row prior to creditable fourth on return from a break last time) and his pedigree suggests that a step up to this extended nine furlongs may yet draw some more improvement from him, especially considering he has the benefit of a recent run behind him. Second spot goes to Diletta Tommasa, who has had excuses whenever she's run below form and could still be ahead of her mark raised just 2 lb for her win last time.
20:00 - A last-time out win means that Angelena Ballerina is as short as she should be to win this race, she's been more consistent so far in 2013 than her overall record implies and she's therefore a good Placepot prospect even considering fairly skinny odds. Our other selection is Monsieur Pontaven, who has also been more solid this year than his form figures give him credit for. He's unproven beyond an extended mile, but the way he's been shaping this season he shouldn't find today's trip too far.
20:30 - This is the best race on the card, yet mercifully we can probably get away with a banker to round off our perm. My Son Max is both solid and adaptable in terms of trip; his very best form has come over slightly further than five furlongs, though the chances are that only trouble in running has held him back from running right up to form on his last two starts. Bank on My Son Max to see us home.
17:55 - 1
18:30 - 2, 3, 4
19:00 - 5
19:30 - 3, 5
20:00 - 1, 10
20:30 - 1
= 12 lines
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