Newmarket Placepot: Friday September 28

Godolphin have plenty of fancied runners at the Rowley Mile

Shahin Khoshsokhan attempts the Placepot at a competitive-looking card at Newmarket...

In the final leg, Godolphin pair Retrieve and Songcraft look the most solid options given the rest have something to prove for one reason or another...

13:15 - Likely favourite Power of Light heads the market on potential rather than what she has achieved and could be worth taking on with Waterway Run, who looked a filly to keep on side when spreadeagling her field in a York nursery earlier this month. I'm also tempted to throw in the thriving Jamesbo's Girl, who looks worthy at a shot at this level.

13:45 - Thistle Bird is thriving at the moment, winning her third one-mile listed event of the campaign up against the boys at Haydock earlier this month, and she's hard to leave out back against her own sex this afternoon. Quite a few of these have a realistic chance of making the frame so I'm also including Irish History, who was good enough to make the frame in a couple of Group 1s this year and wasn't seen to best effect behind Dank at Sandown last time.

14:20 - The Nayef Joel Stakes looks desperately competitive so I am going to include three in this. Market leader Much Improved doesn't look the most solid of favourites given he has a penalty to carry and ran poorly in France when last seen, so he's taken on with fellow three-year-olds Sovereign Debt and Trumpet Major, while the classy Fanunalter is included from the old brigade.

14:55 - Certify has done nothing wrong in all three of her starts and looks a worthy favourite, so I would be taking a big risk if I were to leave her out. With only two places up for grabs, i'm going to be extra safe and also include the fast-improving Roz as backup.

15:25 - The market is often a key guide to the outcome of maidens, especially big-field events made up mostly of newcomers. Having just had a quick peak of the prices on Betfair, the market tells me that Dare To Achieve is ready to give a good account of himself. Experience usually counts for plenty, too, so Stamford is also selected, having shown enough to suggest he can win a maiden when third on his debut in June.

16:00 - In the final leg, Godolphin pair Retrieve and Songcraft look the most solid options given the rest have something to prove for one reason or another. I was tempted to bank on the former but have decided to include them both with only two places on offer.

Selections:
13:15 - 4, 9
13:45 - 5, 10
14:20 - 1, 9, 11
14:55 - 2, 6
15:25 - 3, 16
16:00 - 5, 6
= 96 lines

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