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Doncaster Placepot: Wednesday September 12

Sole Power rates as a banker today

Sole Power really should take advantage of these terms and can gain a deserved first success of the season...

Shahin Khoshsokhan brings you a suggested Placepot permutation from Doncaster on the opening day of the St Leger meeting...

14.00 - Ed Dunlop has his string in fine form at the moment and his Red Avenger can get us off to a good start in the nursery. He cost plenty at the sales and proved all the better for his debut when winning his maiden at Warwick, and that form has since been boosted over the weekend. Bonnie Lesley brings solid nursery form to the table and is also included.

14.30 - Only the six runners in leg two, and the least exposed trio of Cour Valant, Ribaat and Upward Spiral look the three to focus on. With Ribaat likely to start as favourite he looks the one to take on for Placepot purposes.

15.05 - A listed event which contains a couple of established Group 1 performers in the shape of Kingsgate Native and Sole Power. The latter has far fewer questions about him and really should take advantage of these terms to gain a deserved first success of the season. Banker.

15.40 - There's not much between the 16 runners in an event held for retired jockeys, and with only 3 places up for grabs, this has the potential to be a Placepot buster. The booking of legendary jockey Mick Kinane for the reliable Patriotic catches the eye, while Gunner Will is another who is pretty consistent and should have conditions to suit for trainer/jockey Jamie Osborne. Handheld could be a lively outsider given he often travels well in his races, a trait which can prove very handy in races like this.

16.10 - A desperately tricky minor event, impossible to approach with any degree of confidence. Beaten Up looked to be going places at a rate of knots last season but has disappointed this year, and doesn't look the most solid of favourites. He's therefore taken on with the consistent Cai Shen, whose latest run can easily be forgiven, and Swedish Sailor, who looked a colt with a big future when winning his maiden last autumn.

16.45 - The progressive Strictly Silver is likely to be popular but his style or running means he requires a bit of luck and if would benefit the pool if he's out of the three. Discression looks firmly on the up now, winning his last two starts over 7f at Newcastle, and is likely to make a bold bid for the hat-trick. Another worth including is Born To Surprise, who looked ahead of his mark when last tried in a handicap on his penultimate start and will appreciate the return to this grade.

Selections:
14:00- 3, 7
14:30- 1, 5
15:05- 9
15:40- 6, 9, 15
16:10- 2, 5
16:45- 7, 9
= 48 lines

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