Wolverhampton Placepot: Monday January 19

Monday's attempt at the Placepot comes from Wolverhampton
Monday's attempt at the Placepot comes from Wolverhampton

There are no weather-related problems at Wolverhampton's all-weather meeting, and that is where we head for Monday's Placepot attempt... 

13:10- Your Gifted is starting to build up a good record on this surface having won twice and finished in the frame on a number of occasions, and he arrives here in decent heart after a C&D win last month. This is a reasonably competitive contest, however, so we will also put Shawkantango into the permutation as he appears to be coming to the boil and re-enters handicap company on a fair-looking mark.

13:40- Archipeligo has shown improved form since tackling the all-weather, winning twice here, and he holds strong claims of notching the hat-trick. Archipeligo overcame a positional bias to win last time, suggesting that he's still ahead of the handicapper, and this step up in trip could prompt further improvement. We'll bank on the progressive Archipeligo finishing in the places.

14:10- What Usain improved a good deal to win over C&D on his handicap debut last month, and there could yet be plenty more to come, bearing in mind the horse's unexposed profile. The application of a visor seemed to have a positive impact last time, and that headgear is unsurprisingly in use again. What Usain just about sets the standard and a bold bid looks to be on the cards.

14:40- This has the look of a trappy handicap, but the first horse that we'll turn to is Look Here's Al as he finished fourth over C&D and seems to be on a decent mark. Look Here's Al may benefit from Graham Gibbons replacing a 7-lb claimer, and he ought to go close. He is joined in the Placepot by the veteran Benandonner. The twelve-year-old clearly isn't the force of old, but he's back down to a fair mark and ran well to finish third at Kempton last time, so he should give his running.  

15:10- C&D winner Spokesperson is building a good record on this surface and followed a narrow win with a creditable second over C&D. There's little reason to think he won't continue to give a good account under optimum conditions and he is a good type to have onside in the Placepot. Sarlat is another one that appears to be in a rich vein of form on tapeta at the moment, his latest fourth backing up the view he's improved recently, and he appeals as the type to give his running again.

15:40- Persona Grata lost her unbeaten record when narrowly losing out over this C&D last month, but she emerged with her reputation unscathed, and this looks a nice opportunity for Ed Walker's filly to bounce back to winning ways.

Recommendations:
13:10- 4, 12
13:40- 2
14:10- 11
14:40- 2, 8
15:10- 3, 5
15:40- 2
= 8 lines

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