Tony McFadden brings you a Placepot permutation from this afternoon's National Hunt meeting at Worcester...
"Plenty of top yards represented in this sixth and final leg of the Placepot, including Nicky Henderson who saddles Heronry, a winner on his sole start in a Fontwell bumper last year..."
13:40- Largely consistent as a hurdler, the Phillip Hobbs-trained Volador is the first horse that we turn to in the Placepot. He achieved a useful level of form over hurdles, notably when winning a competitive affair at Uttoxeter, and he holds obvious claims on his chasing debut. We will take the cautious approach and add another selection in case Volador fails to take to the larger obstacles. Seven Woods is perhaps the best insurance selection, boasting an unexposed profile and hailing from the Nicky Henderson yard. He wasn't at his best when getting off the mark at Ffos Las, but he had earlier hinted at promise on two occasions at Newbury and it looks as if the switch to chasing will suit.
14:10- The progressive Benny's Mist looks like a horse to keep on the right side of, having won his last three outings, including on his chasing debut at Exeter earlier this month. He jumped with a real fluency on that occasion, hinting that he might make up into a useful chaser and he is certainly worth including in the Placepot. Despite failing to justify favouritism last time, it would be a mistake to rule out the prospect of Double Ross making his mark in this sphere. He should find today's trip more suitable and he is also included in the 'pot'.
14:40- No racecourse evidence to rely on in this bumper as every horse is making their debut under rules; it is probably wise to keep it simple and turn to the yards that have proven themselves capable of readying one to go close first time. Catch The Rhythm and Noble Friend, representing Charlie Longsdon and Paul Nicholls respectively, could be the pair to concentrate on. Unsurprisingly both are towards the head of the market, but, in an event such as this, simply progressing has to be the main intention.
15:15- Not the easiest race to negotiate with most contenders having some sort of question to answer. Magical Treasure looks interesting on his first start for Sarah Kerswell, especially when you consider that she has improved a few of her imports in the past. Free Falling won twice in a visor last year for Alastair Lidderdale and, although since disappointing for both Sheena West and current handler Lawney Hill, the re-fitting of that aid could prove to be significant.
15:50- We are presented with our first banker of the day as we rely on Deceptive to see us through to the final leg. Having displayed a fair level of form on the Flat, Deceptive unseated her rider at the first flight on her hurdling debut here in August. However, she jumped well in the main on her only subsequent start, finishing second at Huntingdon, displaying a good attitude in the process. She certainly looks capable of making a bold bid here.
16:20- Plenty of top yards represented in this sixth and final leg of the Placepot, including Nicky Henderson who saddles Heronry, a winner on his sole start in a Fontwell bumper last year. His inexperience was evident on debut, but, once getting the hang of things, he finished strongly to score by four lengths. Making his hurdles debut today, Heronry goes into the perm as a banker selection.
13:40- 8, 11
14:10- 1, 12
14:40- 1, 4
15:15- 1, 6
= 16 lines
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