13:45 - Any one of Waiting Patiently, Libby Mae, or Western Rules could win this, and the first two are narrowly preferred for Placepot purposes. Waiting Patiently looked a banker for a race of this type at Doncaster last time, when perhaps undone by a lack of experience in the end, and could be the most likely winner. Libby Mae won a weaker contest than this over C&D last time, but is entitled to progress plenty for that.
14:15 - Good Vibration looks well treated from his opening handicap mark, and will be popular here for the in-form Sue Smith operation. Although he has an obvious chance and is unexposed, his current price leaves something to be desired, and it could be worth chancing Carlo Rocks, who has only had three starts in handicaps himself. Carlo Rocks got a big rise in the weights for his Southwell win two starts back, and if his below-par effort in a warmer race than this at Ascot last time can be forgiven, he could represent the value. Falcarragh is much lower in the handicap in this sphere than over fences, and could yet do better, with Richard Johnson booked for the ride again.
14:45 - The one that appeals at the weights on handicap debut is Racing Europe, who has the build to make a better chaser than hurdler, and could yet improve on what he achieved in novice company last time - which was a career-best effort - from what is a workable mark based on last season's form.
15:15 - Mixboy made a good start for Keith Dalgleish last time over C&D, winning comfortably while idling up the run-in, and a 5 lb rise in the weights looks more than fair. He should be hard to beat, taking on some fairly exposed opponents here, with further improvement to come. Market rival Divine Port now looks too high in the weights for win purposes, after winning twice at the beginning of the season.
15:50 - Top Wood could be one to take on here, seeing as he was below form last time, and faces competition for the lead from Mwaleshi. Sa Suffit won this race last year from 2 lb lower in the weights, and is worth including in opposition to the favourite, along with Jac The Legend, who takings a big drop in trip, but remains open to improvement in this sphere with just a handful of chase starts under his belt.
16:20 - This is not a strong race, and it could be worth including handicap debutantes Kara Tara and Flemerina. The former was a bumper winner, who looks to have been brought along with handicaps in mind, after slowly progressing through novice events, while the latter ran her best race last time at Southwell, and represents an in-form yard.
Back Racing Europe in the 14:45
13:45 - 8,9
14:15 - 4
14:45 - 1
15:15 - 1
15:50 - 2,6
16:20 - 1,6
= 8 lines
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