Uttoxeter Placepot: Thursday October 18

Donald McCain could have a good day at Uttoxeter
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The Uttoxeter Placepot comes under the close attention of Paul Goodenough today...

Having caught the eye in some shape or form on all those starts, Dirleton has been switched to the in-form Fergal O'Brien yard and starts life in handicaps off a basement mark...

14:10 - A juvenile hurdle kicks off proceedings and it should pay to stick with Right To Rule, who was backed as if defeat was out of the question on his first try over timber at Bangor earlier this month. Though disappointing odds-on punters that day, there was still encouragement to take from his second-placed finish, and, while the re-opposing Alborz was only 1/2-length behind him there, Donald McCain's half-brother to the smart Simenon looks to have the more scope to progress. Ctappers is also worth considering as a winner of a similar event at Market Rasen in July, and he has also has been victorious on the Flat since.

14:40 - Un Bon P'tit Gars has been off the track since winning a C&D event five months ago but, while the Nick Williams yard has yet to get into top gear, he looks the most likely winner. His main rival could be the horse with an even longer absence to overcome, as Benjamin Bittern's bumper success for Chris Bealby came in April 2011. Unlikely to be wanting for fitness on his belated return for the Donald McCain yard, he demands respect on his hurdling bow.

15:10 - It would be difficult to make a case for Salut Honore based on his last run, but you don't have to go too far back to realise that his effort when pulling up at Southwell in May was probably a blip. Twice a winner over fences previously this year, including at this venue in January, connections seem to have found an event with little strength in depth (three of his six rivals race from well out of the handicap) and, in receipt of weight from his main market rival Notabotheronme, Salut Honore is a banker to makes the places.

15:40 - Donald McCain looks to hold strong claims again with Grouse Lodge, who won a similar novice hurdle when last seen in the mud at Sedgefield. Pearls Legend would have also been included in the perm, but his withdrawal means that we will rely solely on the McCain challenger.

16:10 - Dirleton finished nearer last than first on all four outings over hurdles at around two miles for George Charlton in 2011 and has been off the track for 17 months since the last of those runs, yet there are several grounds to select him here. Having caught the eye in some shape or form on all those starts, Dirleton has been switched to the in-form Fergal O'Brien yard and starts life in handicaps off a basement mark. Stepping up in trip, with overnight market support indicating that a big performance is expected, Dirleton makes the perm. Adios Alonso finished third in a C&D maiden last time, form which entitles him to be in the mix, and he is included as a bit of insurance.

16:40 - A tight-looking five-runner handicap chase makes up the final leg. Lukeys Luck, who has found the frame on his last five outings, certainly warrants inclusion while it would be churlish to abandon Donald McCain's Swift Arrow after the promise he showed on his chase debut at Kelso in May. Bay Central is a C&D winner and also makes the cut.


14:10- 1, 3
14:40- 1, 3
15:10- 3
15:40- 4
16:10- 5, 10
16:40- 1, 3, 5

= 24 lines

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