Through The Card: Stratford, Sunday May 15

There is racing from Stratford on Sunday
There is racing from Stratford on Sunday

Timeform take you through the card at Stratford on Sunday.

"He should be well suited by this step up in trip."

13:50 - A fairly nightmarish start to Placepot proceedings. Perfect Summer was below form last time at Exeter (though still made the places) but ran well enough when second in a poor race over this C&D prior to that and if performing to that sort of level here shouldn't be too far away. Approaching Star represents an in-form yard and after showing some aptitude for hurdling when well behind Zubayr on hurdling debut at Wincanton last time, is also worth including.

14:20 - The early withdrawal of Lift The Lid has opened the second race up quite nicely for a bet on the potential improver Act Four, who is making his handicap debut for the red-hot Matt Sheppard/Stan Sheppard combination, and should be well suited by this step up in trip. The Barbury Queen also represents a yard going well and is also worth including for the Placepot after she was in the process of running respectably last time at Warwick but for an unlucky late unseat.

14:50 - The unexposed Pawn Star shaped better than the bare result last time when finishing three and a half lengths third of nine at Southwell on his handicap debut, and with the winner of that race Violoniste going on to win since, he looks a good option in what looks a similar contest to that one and is worth banking on to hit the places once again.

15:25 - Mountain Eagle has been well supported on his two starts in handicaps over hurdles, and with the switch to these obstacles an obvious angle for more improvement from a workable-looking mark (winning Irish pointer) he looks set to go close here on his chasing debut for the in-form Harry Fry yard. Tom Weston has made a pleasing start to his training career under rules and his Cold Knight - a multiple winning pointer - could outrun big odds under Paul Maloney.

16:00 - Foundry Square has mixed it from higher marks than this over fences, and after a respectable third at Ludlow over hurdles last month, he could go closer now upped to this trip and with cheekpieces - which he did plenty of winning in for his former trainer - now back on for the first time since he switched to David Evans' yard. He has been supported in the market and looks a strong contender to make the places at least. Aigle De La See is yet to conclusively show that he wants this far and is therefore opposable.

16:35 - Sleep Easy has left a big hole in the market here, and there aren't too many solid options left in. It is encouraging that Deebaj's stand-out effort over hurdles came at this track, and he is worth including, though it wouldn't hurt to also including Honeymoon Cocktail, who was similarly matched on the Flat and makes his hurdling debut for David Pipe today.

Recommendations:

Back Act Four in the 14:20

Placepot permutation:
13:50 - 1, 8
14:20 - 5, 7
14:50 - 2
15:25 - 4, 7
16:00 - 6
16:35 - 4, 9
= 16 lines

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