There's a good evening meeting at York and that is where we head for Friday's attempt at the Placepot...
David O'Meara took this race last year and he has a strong hand again, with Bartack and Anderiego holding notably strong claims...
18:00- Plucky Dip's withdrawal makes things a bit tricky as only seven runners are set to go to post, meaning that only a top-two finish will suffice. Joys of Spring has yet to get her head in front, but she has hit the crossbar a couple of times and produced her best effort yet when chasing home an unexposed type at Windsor last time. She looks sure to give a good account and is the first horse that we will turn to. Top of The Glas is the latest in a long line to be rejuvenated by the switch to the Brian Ellison yard and his shrewd handler could yet coax further improvement, so Top of The Glas also has to enter the reckoning.
18:30- This is a competitive 15-runner handicap and we will need to throw a few darts in order to progress. Majestic Dream hardly seems like the most solid of propositions as he drew a blank last year and has been more miss than hit this term, but he has been showing plenty of speed over longer trips and the drop back in trip ought to suit. He is joined in the 'pot' by Sunraider, who has posted solid in-frame efforts the last twice, and Bosham. Bosham went close to opening his account at Carlisle on Tuesday and a repeat of that effort would see him go close.
19:00- Kevin Ryan has made a habit of introducing some exciting two-year-olds at York, and his representative, Swift Approval, understandably heads the market. He could well prove to be a class above but, for Placepot purposes, we will side with Kifaaya who made a pleasing introduction at Haydock, keeping on well without being knocked about, and looks sure to progress markedly.
19:30- Tasaday boasts the strongest form having been just touched off in the Prix de L'Opera at Longchamp last season, but not all horses leaving the care of Andre Fabre have been able to reproduce that level of form elsewhere and it could be worth taking her on with Regardez. Regardez made an encouraging return to action when finishing third here in the Musidora and she quickly bounced back from a disappointing effort in the Oaks when running away with a listed event at Newcastle, pulling six lengths clear of her rivals. She may not have finished progressing yet and ought to give a good account.
20:00- David O'Meara took this race last year and he has a strong hand again, with Bartack and Anderiego holding notably strong claims. Bartack ran a blinder under this rider when finishing runner-up in a well-contested event over C&D recently, shaping well having forced the pace, and this looks like an easier task. His stable companion Anderiego has been without a win since notching a C&D double in 2012, but he has produced a number of creditable efforts, notably at Leicester on his penultimate start, and is worth including from a fair mark.
20:30- National Service has caught the eye in handicaps of late, including at Sandown last time where he was caught too far back but made good late headway. He has slipped in the weights and now races off a mark that he can exploit. Dutch Breeze failed to build on the promise of his maiden win when finishing third in a Ripon handicap last time, but cheekpieces have been applied here and they could help bring about some improvement.
18:00- 1, 2
18:30- 1, 11, 12
20:00- 2, 4
20:30- 5, 9
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