York Placepot: Wednesday August 19

Storm The Stars is expected to go well at York
Storm The Stars is expected to go well at York

It's day 1 of the Ebor meeting and we head to York for Wednesday's attempt at the Placepot.

Storm The Stars has been set some stiff tasks this year, but he has put up a number of creditable efforts, finishing placed in Group 1 company the last three times, and he can take advantage of this slight drop in grade.

13:55- There's no easy start for punters at York who are faced with a ferociously-competitive sprint handicap. The first horse to make the Placepot permutation is the David O'Meara-trained Highland Acclaim. Highland Acclaim has largely been out of sorts this term, but his mark has dropped as a consequence and he looked to be getting back on the right track when finishing placed at Newmarket last time. He's a well-handicapped sprinter and will be on the premises if on a going day. We will also include the in-form Shore Step in the permutation as he has produced good efforts in big-field handicaps the last twice, and his yard are going through a good spell. The final string to our bow will be Bogart, winner of this race in 2013. He's without a win since that success but is 4 lb lower in the weights now and has been ticking over nicely of late, so could be set for a big run.

14:30- Mohab didn't beat a great deal at Catterick but he did it in a fast time, and he looks well worth his place in this company. There should be plenty more to come from Kevin Ryan's twice-raced juvenile and he is the first horse we will turn to in the Placepot. We will also include the regally-bred Recorder who built on a promising first effort when winning at Newmarket and appeals as the type to carry on improving for a while yet.

15:05- Storm the Stars is a most likeable, straightforward type with the best form on offer, so he makes a great deal of appeal for Placepot purposes. Storm The Stars has been set some stiff tasks this year, but he has put up a number of creditable efforts, finishing placed in Group 1 company the last three times, and he can take advantage of this slight drop in grade.

15:40- Time Test and Gleneagles (assuming he runs) are clearly interesting opponents but unbeaten Derby winner Golden Horn makes the most appeal. Golden Horn has done nothing but impress throughout his career and established himself as the best European-trained three-year-old in training with a clear-cut success in the Derby. Beating his elders, notably The Grey Gatsby, in the Eclipse did nothing to alter that view and he should score again.

16:20- Heartbreak City was unable to justify support at the Galway Festival but he did meet trouble in running and looks worth another chance. Heartbreak City remains unexposed on the Flat for current trainer Tony Martin and may yet have a bit more to offer. This is a competitive race, though, so we will also include Noble Silk as he did well under the circumstances when finishing fourth in the Ascot Stakes (20f) having raced close to the pace, and he will be suited by the return to two miles

16:55- There are a number of interesting contenders here but Reputation makes the most appeal on the back of a taking C&D success. Reputation has to overcome unfavourable circumstances to overhaul a subsequent winner and he looks well treated on his first start in nursery company. It's also worth including Mayfair Lady as she seems to be improving in leaps and bounds and her pedigree suggests that she should be suited by this step up in trip to six furlongs,

Recommendations:
13:55- 10, 11, 13
14:30- 9, 10
15:05- 6
15:40- 6
16:20- 2, 17
16:55- 5, 17
= 24 lines

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