Goodwood Placepot: Friday May 25

The scenic surroundings of Goodwood again take centre-stage

Timeform's Paul Goodenough looks at the second of Goodwood's three-day May meeting for today's placepot permutation...

Stuart Williams takes the opportunity to race Welease Bwian, who is just the type the shrewd trainer likes to place to advantage...

Fans of the long-running TV series 'Only Fools And Horses' will be familiar with several classic catchphrases and Del Boy's "He who dares, wins" can accurately be levelled at today's perm, at least with regard to the first three legs, so get ready to "brace yourself" for a trio of early bankers, wary of the fact that "you plonker" may be more apt if things don't go to plan.

14:00 - The opening five-furlong maiden now sees six juveniles, half of whom are yet to race, hurtling down the Sussex track's downhill straight. Although not showing the best form of those to have run already, Tommy's Secret got the hang of things late on after missing the break when racing on bottomless ground at Chester a fortnight ago. With the assistance of Richard Hughes, on a course he rides so well, the grey gelding should be very competitive.

14:35 - Over the same trip as the previous event, Stuart Williams takes the opportunity to race Welease Bwian, who is just the type the shrewd trainer likes to place to advantage, from a mark 3 lb 'well in' BHA mark compared to future handicaps. He rates a confident lone selection with the 'dead eight' declared.

15:10 - Few, if any stables are currently in better form than the Marcus Tregoning outfit and Konstantin, who has yesterday's course-and-distance winning jockey Hayley Turner on board, cam step up on his Kempton seasonal debut. Despite the presence of several previous track winners, the selection looked progressive last summer and seems sure to be thereabouts.

15:45 - The five-runner listed race, known to those of us of a certain age as the Predominate Stakes, sees John Gosden double-handed in the form of Jungle Beat and Michelangelo, the former sure to progress from his seasonal reappearance and the latter, who has a Timeform large 'P' attached to his rating, likely to step up on his debut third in a listed race at Newmarket. The yard have won the race twice in the last three seasons, including 12 months ago with subsequent St Leger hero Masked Marvel, so both are worthy of inclusion.

16:20 - The valuable six-furlong handicap has attracted nine runners, with the most interesting ones possibly Ahtoug and Parisian Pyramid. The former looked a future star last year before disappointing in a soft-ground listed event on his final three-year-old run, and bounced back when just failing to get up at Meydan earlier this year, while Kevin Ryan's grey, winner of today's race in 2010, has run fairly well in defeat in three starts this season.

16:55 - In the sixth and final leg, Lady Rosamunde will be a warm order under a penalty for last week's comfortable Newbury win, though if for any reason she underperforms, course-and-distance winner Kathleen Francis could take advantage; her stable had a winner at the track yesterday and she could be underrated off a reduced mark.


14:00 - 5
14:35 - 8
15:10 - 8
15:45 - 2, 3
16:20 - 2, 4
16:55 - 9, 10
= 8 lines

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