York Placepot: Friday July 24

There is a useful six race card at York this evening
There is a useful six race card at York this evening

With unsettled weather forecasts for many of Friday's meetings, York looks the best option for today's Placepot attempt...

"There is plenty of pace drawn high here, which could be to the advantage of hold-up horses drawn nearby."

18:00 - Deerfield looks banker material for a place in the opener at York after an eye-catching run on handicap debut at Epsom last time, where he finished strongly despite appearing to not the handle the track. He has a top apprentice booked and the extended trip is expected to suit on pedigree.

18:30 - Ancient Cross continues to lurk on a dangerous mark, now 18lbs lower than when winning the Ayr Silver Cup in 2013, and he could easily pick up a place stepping back up to this trip. Sleeping Apache is also interesting tackling this trip for the first time since joining Michael Dods, he is lightly raced for a five-year-old and is on a handy mark based on a couple of recent efforts, he should also go well drawn near plenty of pace.

19:00 - Discreet Hero shaped with encouragement last time at Nottingham and the extra furlong here is expected to suit on pedigree, he is worth including along with New Caledonia, who, contrary to many of Mark Johnston's other juveniles this season, was badly in need of the experience on debut and is expected to come on significantly for that run.

19:30 - It is hard to see past Crystal Zvezda here after she was so impressive when beating the re-opposing Pamona in the Newbury Oaks trial in May. Crystal Zvezda was far too keen in the Oaks itself and was beaten some way out, but the return to 10 furlongs and the use of a hood may go some way towards nullifying her keenness and she is a confident selection here.

20:00 - Hakka wouldn't be the first horse to flop making the switch from all-weather to turf and although he has strong claims on both of his Wolverhampton runs from this mark, it could pay to take him on for Placepot purposes. He's No Saint was ultimately disappointing last time at Carlisle but he looked to be building up to something prior to that when a useful third over 7 furlongs at this track, it is hard to see his excellent yard not getting a win out of him from this tumbling mark and he is worth including. Navajo Chief has been poor so far this season, but this is his first start at his beloved York (last four wins have come here) and he is drawn well, so he may be able to run into a place.

20:30 - There is plenty of pace drawn high here, which could be to the advantage of hold-up horses drawn nearby. Two horses that could be seen to good effect are Miss Mullberry, who has dropped to a workable mark and remains unexposed over this distance, and Straightothepoint, who suited hold-up tactics last time and is enjoying a consistent season.

Selections:

18:00 - 1
18:30 - 1,4
19:00 - 2,7
19:30 - 4
20:00 - 3,4
20:30 - 1,7

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