Timeform's Matt Gardner heads to York in search of Placepot glory on Saturday...
Head Space has been in excellent form recently, winning at Newcastle and Ayr last month...
14:05 - Anjaz and Hippy Hippy Shake are the two that catch the eye in the opening handicap, and they both get the nod as we look to avoid an early exit. The former was unbeaten in two starts last year, creating an excellent impression on debut at Kempton before landing a Doncaster nursery with something to spare. She is a useful prospect and is likely to relish the extra distance on offer this afternoon. Hippy Hippy Shake confirmed the promise shown on debut when getting off the mark at Salisbury last time, and she is open to plenty of improvement now handicapping.
14:35 - The James Fanshawe-trained Dimension had a progressive profile last year, rounding off his season with victory at Ascot, and he did well from an unfavourable draw in the Royal Hunt Cup on his most recent start, and he is worthy of consideration in this less competitive affair. Haamaat ran her best race yet when fourth in a listed event at Haydock last time and she may have yet more to offer back in a handicap and returned to seven furlongs.
15:10 - The Group 2 York Stakes can be solved by selecting both Afsare and Wigmore Hall, with the former appealing as being capable of notching his first pattern-race success for trainer Luca Cumani. His most recent success was a career-best, defeating Songcraft by two and a half lengths, and it may be the case that we have not yet seen the best of him. Wigmore Hall is likely to appreciate the sounder surface and the ease in grade, having competed in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes on his most recent start, and he could well be staying on for a place.
15:45 - Head Space has been in excellent form recently, winning at Newcastle and Ayr last month and having excuses on his two most recent starts, hesitating in the shadow of the post just as he looked like winning on his penultimate start before not enjoying the run of the race at Pontefract last time. He is selected alongside Klynch, another in the form of his life having completed a hat-trick of wins earlier this month before running right up to that level when fourth at Hamilton, shaping better than the bare result, and he is likely to play a sizeable role in the outcome of this contest.
16:20 - Burning Blaze showed plenty of potential when third on debut at Ayr, travelling well before possibly faltering in the soft ground. The second and fourth-placed horses have both won their next starts, and Burning Blaze could join them with the drop to six furlongs likely to be in his favour. Bacotheque is arguably unlucky not to have register a win in his three starts to date, running into potentially smart newcomers Blaine and Rosdhu Queen on his last two outings, and it is unlikely that he will fail to find the places.
16:50 - A highly competitive handicap over two miles rounds-off the Placepot, in which Hawk Mountain and Eagle Rock are the pair to concentrate on. Hawk Mountain is a consistent performer who has yet to really fire this year, but there were more encouraging signs on his most recent start, when seventh over an inadequate 12 furlongs, and the chances are he will give a far better showing this afternoon. Four places ahead of Hawk Mountain in the aforementioned contest was Eagle Rock, who is lightly-raced for his age and is certainly worth a go over this longer distance.
14:05 - 5, 9
14:35 - 2, 6
15:10 - 1, 11
15:45 - 6, 7
16:20 - 2, 4
16:50 - 10, 12
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