13:00 - This race revolves around the ultra-progressive Baywing, who is seeking a fourth consecutive win this season, and is now 36 lbs above the mark he won from at Carlisle in November. The handicapper may not have got to grips with Baywing yet, and his upwardly-mobile profile counts for plenty at this level, so ultimately it would be a surprise were he not to at least make the places, with his win at Uttoxeter last time suggesting that there may well still be more to come from him over this sort of trip.
13:30 - This is a good race on paper and may well provide a fair few subsequent winners. There is very little to split Bristol De Mai and Otago Trail on price, potential, and form, so they are probably both worth including for Placepot purposes, in the hope that they can fill the first two positions.
14:05 - Paul Nicholls' Le Prezien could not have been much more impressive when bolting up at Doncaster earlier this month, and is certainly worth including here. Although he looks a very exciting prospect, his jumping was a small cause for concern last time, and it could also be worth including It'safreebee - his biggest danger on Timeform Ratings - for insurance purposes, just in case the favourite's jumping lets him down in this hotter race.
14:40 - The New One is certainly the class act here, but this trip looks on the short side for him these days, and he was nearly beaten on similar ground to this in this race last year by Dan Skelton's Bertimont. Skelton could have the best chance of an upset again this year, with his Fou Et Sage looking a very interesting contender on the sort of bottomless ground that he showed his best form on in France for his former yard. He is yet to match that level yet on these shores, but his last effort, which came at this track, was an improvement on his debut, and it would be a surprise if his excellent new yard were not able to get him to at least match his French form at some stage. If he can get near that level here and The New One runs below form, he is a big price at around 14.013/1, and looks well worth a bet.
15:15 - A rock-hard handicap could have a fairly straightforward outcome if Reve de Sivola is able to brush up on his jumping, which was not up to scratch when he was last seen in this sphere in 2011. He is clearly very well treated on his Grade 1-winning hurdles form from a BHA mark of just 139, and will be hard to beat if not held back by the fences here. He could actually represent some value, despite being current favourite, and is worth backing. Algernon Pazham also looks worth including for the Placepot, after producing a career-best effort on similarly bottomless ground on his reappearance this season at Bangor.
15:50 - This is a tight little race to end Placepot proceedings, but the safest option appears to be the consistent Morning Royalty, who has perhaps been unfortunate to bump in to progressive types on both of his last starts, and should make the places with a repeat of his last effort at this track in December.
16:20 - Vintage Clouds should appreciate this step back up in trip, and could be the answer here, but Baratineur and Bun Doran are equally unexposed types from good yards, so this certainly looks one to watch.
Back Fou Et Sage in the 14:40
Back Reve de Sivola in the 15:15
13:00 - 9
13:30 - 2,5
14:05 - 2,3
14:40 - 1,2
15:15 - 7,9
15:50 - 1
= 16 lines
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