Through The Card: Aintree, Sunday October 23

There is racing from Aintree on Sunday
There is racing from Aintree on Sunday

Timeform try and crack the Placepot at Aintree on Sunday.


13:40 - Philip Hobbs won this race last year with Perform, and looks to have a strong contender in this year's renewal in the form of NO COMMENT (5), who was very well backed for the Grade 2 Persian War at Chepstow earlier this month only to unseat his rider in a somewhat soft incident at the second flight. He sets a good standard on his second at Wetherby last season (front pair 18 lengths clear of the third) and can make amends for Chepstow today.

14:10 - The handicapper could have taken a bit of a chance with KERROW's (5) opening mark based on the form he showed when second at Wincanton at the back-end of last season behind smart jumps prospect Emerging Talent. Kerrow probably would have won last time at Wetherby but for a heavy fall, and can get off the mark on handicap debut today. DESERT SENSATION (10) isn't bred to thrive over jumps at trips of three miles and beyond, but is clearly going the right way now he is being campaigned as a stayer, as he demonstrated when winning at Fontwell last time. He is open to further improvement and is also worth including.

14:45 - DOUBLE ROSS (1) recorded his first win for nearly three years when taking his first veteran's chase at Chepstow earlier this month, and a 3 lb rise in the weights doesn't put him out of contention here. FORGOTTEN GOLD (4) had a very strong season for Tom George in 2015/16, winning two of his five starts and running his best race on his final start when second at Cheltenham. He goes well fresh, and should still be on a workable mark in veteran company.

15:15 - Perform has not been seen since landing the maiden hurdle on this card last season, and though he is in top hands, he could be worth taking on as favourite for Placepot purposes. There is every chance that Great Try is on a workable mark, too, but he has an even bigger absence to overcome (has been injured) and this could be a good opportunity for BORN SURVIVOR (3) as he makes his handicap debut after winning two of his three starts in maidens/novices last season. SIR IVAN (5) was without a win in six starts last term, but did make the places on five of those starts, and rates a fairly solid Placepot contender here, for all that he may be vulnerable for win purposes again.

15:50 - A few of these including last season's Hennessy winner Smad Place are probably being teed up for other assignments later in the season. That probably isn't the case for ROYAL REGATTA (6), however, who improved markedly for the fitting of blinkers last season and posted three improved efforts on his last three starts, including when shaping best at Ascot in January under an overly aggressive ride. He is just 1 lb higher in the weights now back in a handicap, and could be capable of better. THIRD INTENTION (7) is undoubtedly hard to win with, but has been given a real chance by the handicapper and could make the places getting lumps of weight from most of the field.

16:25 - PAWN STAR (1) made it two from three over fences with ease at Exeter earlier this month and sets the standard here. BEGGAR'S CROSS (3) is the type to improve for a trip and fences and is expected to leave his hurdling form behind him today.

17:00 - Warren Greatrex saddled an impressive winner in this race last season and looks to have a very strong contender again here in the form of Ilovemints, who looked potentially smart when winning at Bangor last season and is entitled to improve on that effort in a better race today.

Recommended bets:

Back ROYAL REGATTA in the 15:50

Recommended Placepot perm:

13:40 - 5
14:10 - 5, 10
14:45 - 1, 4
15:15 - 3, 5
15:50 - 6, 7
16:25 - 1, 3

Placepot permutation:
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