Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday October 1

There is Flat racing from Ascot on Saturday
There is Flat racing from Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Saturday.


"He had shown enough on his penultimate outing at Doncaster to suggest he remains in good heart at present..."

14:00 - ETERNALLY (11) ran well when third on her first start in this grade at Carlisle in June and showed improved form to regain the winning thread in handicap company at Lingfield last time. She certainly showed enough that day to suggest she is worth another try at this level and, with the possibility to come after just five starts, Eternally is fancied to see off the attentions of the Irish raider COLOUR BLUE (3) - an impressive winner of her most recent outing at Leopardstown - and can gain some valuable black type in this opening leg of the Placepot.

14:30 - MOVE UP (8) showed himself to be a smart performer when third in a competitive handicap at Goodwood in July and confirmed the promise of that outing with a smooth success in the Group 2 Bosphorus Cup at Veliefendi last time. Indeed, he ran out a fairly comfortable winner on that occasion, travelling strongly throughout in the leaders slipstream and quickly asserting once asked for his effort in the final furlong. This represents by far the stiffest task of his short career to date, but Move Up remains open to more improvement and can continue trainer Saeed bin Suroor's fine form of late.

15:05 - Though he has bigger targets this autumn and will presumably come on for this run, the undoubted class act in this field is SHALAA (9), the winner of five of his last races, which included Prix Morny and the Middle Park Stakes on his last two starts. He picked up a pelvic injury in April and is making his belated first three-year-old start today, but it is hoped that he will still have enough class to win this third leg of the Placepot before he tackles the Champions Sprint in a fortnight's time. Don't Touch could be the one to take advantage if the selection fails to run to form.

15:40 - REMARKABLE (7) fared better than the bare result when fifth on his most recent outing in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes over this C&D in June, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal in a steadily-run race and ultimately doing extremely well to get within four lengths of the high class Ribchester. He has a three month absence from the track to contend with here, but could yet prove capable of better after just five starts and makes plenty of appeal with the Placepot in mind. That comment also applies to SQUATS (8), who has been placed on his last two starts over this C&D and would arguably have finished closer with a bit more luck last time.

16:15 - DOUBLE UP (1) failed to meet market expectations when third on his most recent outing at Beverley, but actually did well to finish as close as he did in the circumstances, forced to wait for a gap as the field entered the final furlong and simply unable to reel in the better-placed winner. He had shown enough on his penultimate outing at Doncaster to suggest he remains in good heart at present and - 2 lb clear of all bar Kimberella on Timeform ratings - Double Up is fancied to confirm the promise of that effort and can make the breakthrough at this level.

16:50 - SHAMSHON (5) looked an unlucky loser when fourth at Sandown in August and hasn't been disgraced in three starts since. Indeed, he was only beaten three and a quarter lengths when dropped into this grade at Kempton last time and - 1 lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform ratings - Shamshon is fancied to take advantage of what is beginning to look a lenient mark and can continue trainer Jamie Osborne's fine form of late (five winners from last 13 runners). He is joined in this final leg of the Placepot by UNION ROSE (2), who is now 2 lb lower than when second at Sandown in July and looks overpriced if reproducing that level of form.

Recommendations:

Back DOUBLE UP in the 16:15 at Ascot

14:00 - 3, 11
14:30 - 8
15:05 - 9
15:40 - 7, 8
16:15 - 1
16:50 - 2, 5

Placepot permutation:
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