There are a few interesting handicaps at Epsom on Sunday and that is where we head for today's attempt at the Placepot.
"First Dream looked awkward last time and is relying on a change of headgear to get him back on track, so is one to avoid for Placepot purposes."
14:10- Goodwood Zodiac relished the step up to this trip last time at Brighton, and having run well at this track in another maiden (unlucky not to win), he looks a solid Placepot option. Hope Cove is up 4lbs for his win at Redcar last time, but the way he travelled that day suggests that he could yet have more to offer, and he is also worth including.
14:40- With Steel of Madrid a non-runner, King's Pavilion looks a solid option to make the places here, as he has done on three of his last starts, with this increase in trip likely to suit.
15:15- First Dream looked awkward last time and is relying on a change of headgear to get him back on track, so is one to avoid for Placepot purposes. There are no shortage of front-runners in this field and that could play into the hands of Oakley Girl who stays further than this and was seemingly unsuited by the test of speed on handicap debut last time. Intiwin should sit off the pace and is back down to his last winning mark, so is also interesting.
15:45- The defection of Arabian Illusion has blown this race wide open. One Pekan has dropped to his last winning mark, despite hitting the frame in a few respectable efforts this season, and looks worth including for the in-form Roger Varian yard. London Citizen has been given a chance by the handicapper, considering he won from this mark as three-year-old for his former connections. He showed he still retains ability when third behind a pair of lightly-raced improvers last time at Newmarket, and is also worth including for Placepot purposes.
16:20- Daisy Boy ran well here two starts back, looks on a fair mark (won off just 4lbs lower) and looks a solid option, now reunited with Aaron Jones, considering he may not face much of a challenge for the lead. Al Faith was an expensive purchase in France, and, although sold cheaply since, looks an interesting outsider with top claimer Edward Greatrex booked.
16:55- Swashbuckling shaped well on debut at Newmarket last time, for all he knew his job that day, and with this step up in trip expected to bring about plenty of improvement, he looks a banker for our final leg.
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