York Placepot: Thursday August 23

Michael Stoute could enjoy a good day at York

Undeterred by yesterday's failure, Tony McFadden is back to have another attempt at landing the York Placepot...

Having shed her maiden tag at Leicester earlier in the year, Ladyship produced a fine effort in defeat on her handicap bow, narrowly beaten by Street Power with the pair pulling clear.

14:00 - A field of 20 runners go to post in the opening two-year-old contest and the best way of negotiating this potential stumbling block could be to concentrate on the more unexposed, progressive types. Glorious Goodwood maiden victor Blessington would have been the first to make the shortlist but as he has now a non-runner we will have to look elsewhere. Rocky Ground holds entries in a couple of Group 1 races and, whilst that might be flying a bit high, Roger Varian's colt has created a good impression on both his starts to date. Although beaten at a short price last time, he travelled powerfully, looking as if there was more to come as he gains experience. Body And Soul has clearly learnt plenty since her debut, winning on all three occasions, including the valuable Super Sprint at Newbury last time. This is her first attempt at six furlongs and, although needing to improve on what she has shown so far, she might appreciate the extra distance, so is not one to rule out. There is a chance that Mister Marc wasn't at his sharpest returning from a short break at Nottingham last time, but, if capable of building on that effort, the form of his run behind Dawn Approach at Naas entitles him to consideration and he has a chance of making the frame.

14:30 - The second leg doesn't appear to be such a formidable challenge and there is a strong temptation to bank on Albany Stakes winner Newfangled. She dominated that race, putting her rivals under pressure a fair way from home as she powered through the contest at the head of affairs. Newfangled is an exciting prospect and it would register as a disappointment were she not to at least make the frame here, but, given the progress some of her rivals are also open to, we will include the unbeaten Rosdhu Queen. She created a strong visual impression on debut at Ripon, showing plenty of speed to dispatch her rivals with ease. Although not so visually impressive at Newbury last week, Rosdhu Queen showed improved form to win a listed contest whilst still hinting that there may yet be more to come.

15:05 - Many Placepots will meet their demise in this extremely competitive handicap, but, hopefully, firing a few arrows should see us through to leg four. Kahruman is lightly-raced relative to most of his rivals and his effort at Royal Ascot was not without promise. He had performed creditably in a listed event at Sandown prior to that run and there is a chance that we have yet to see the best of him. Anderiego is thriving at present, having won the last twice at the Knavesmire. Although another personal best will be required for him to win today, David O'Meara's gelding looked as if he had a bit in hand last time and it would be unwise to rule out another bold show. Good ground and a fast pace seems to bring out the best in Invisible Man and it is probably best to forgive his recent flops when he found circumstances against him. Fitted with a first-time visor, Frankie Dettori may be capable of cajoling Invisible Man into the places. Somewhat of a regular in big handicaps, Vainglory relishes the fast pace these races almost invariably provide and has been in good heart this term. The widest stall is perhaps not ideal, but David Simcock's veteran campaigner is likely to be dropped out and should be finishing strongly.

15:40 - With only the two places on offer, opting for a banker may not be the conventional move, however, we will place our faith in The Fugue. Coming off the back of a Group 1 success in the Nassau Stakes, John Gosden's filly looks to hold very strong claims of notching up another top-level victory. This race, over a mile and a half, may provide a different test, but it is one which The Fugue can pass successfully.

16:15 - It is possible to argue that Sequence was gifted a soft lead when routing her rivals at Newmarket, but there is a good chance that she is simply thriving at present and she can land the hat-trick. Sequence is a half-sister to Sinndar and, although nowhere near the standard set by her illustrious brother as yet, she is worth her place at listed level, based on the impression she made last time.

16:50 - Ladyship is a daughter of Peeress, a Group 1-winning mare who improved with age, and Sir Michael Stoute's three-year-old appears to possess plenty of ability herself. Having shed her maiden tag at Leicester earlier in the year, Ladyship produced a fine effort in defeat on her handicap bow, narrowly beaten by Street Power with the pair pulling clear. That came over six furlongs, but she should be effective over today's trip and is likely to be involved at the finish. There will certainly be more unexposed types than Honeymead, but Richard Fahey's filly is largely consistent, effective under today's conditions and is unlikely to be carrying many units, so also makes the perm.

Selections:
14:00 - 7, 10, 13
14:30 - 5, 7
15:05 - 4, 8, 9, 10
15:40 - 6
16:15 - 7
16:50 - 5, 7
= 48 lines

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