215 Rosling King Handicap
Mornington comes into this race on the back of a quick double for Marcus Tregonning and he is continues to improve it could be a hat-trick. Tyler Saunders knows the horse like the back of his hand and his 7lb claim negates the handicappers rise in the weights. Lord George will appreciate the wider more expansive Ascot track and under handy claimer George Wood he is likely to be very popular. The grey put in a satisfactory return at Newcastle and he is lightly raced for a four year old. Appeared (4) is another lightly raced horse but he does come with his quirks. Gelded since his last run at Newmarket behind the well fancied Frontiersman he is a likely sort to progress to five and under the tutelage of Roger Varian we are likely to see more improvement as the year goes on. Mohatem is the last horse worth a mention for Owen Burrows, he has been raised 7lb for his win at Yarmouth and whilst this looks a better class of race he is race fit and that could pay at the back end of the race.

250Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes
UAE Prince was a major talking horse last year for Roger Varian and he turned out to be very underwhelming and he carried that on again in his seasonal reappearance at Ripon when it took a considerable amount of time for him to pass Final. This race is considerably tougher than that and if he is to land in the places in this it will require significant improvement. Desert Encounter turned out to be a useful handicapper last year racking up three wins on the spin before coming unstuck at haydock. A neck second in a Listed race last year he could challenge but his trainer is not in the greatest of form and that is a worry. Baydar (1) revelled under Josie Gordon last year and we think he can do the same again this. It was a busy year for him last year and Hugo Palmer has given him a nice break ahead of his return. He showed plenty of class to win four on the spin before tiring at Newmarket on his final run, we think he can easily run in to a place in this race and help you past half way in the Placepot. Star Storm may prove popular for James Fanshawe given his good form and the high rating however he may be vulnerable now after enduring a poor 2016.

325Club Godolphin EBF ‘Breeders’ Series’ Fillies’ Handicap
This race revolves around Aristocratic (5). Yet to be out of the frame she has been a Placepot banker on all of her previous starts and we don’t expect that to change. Sir Michael Stoute in renowned for his eye for a four year old filly and this could be the latest off the production line. Whilst she only has a Kempton maiden to her name she could even go on and win this race. Singyoursong is a course and distance winner this season for David Simcock and we think she too will be popular. Stepping back in trip for this, she has been raised 5lb for that win and that could hamper her chances but she may have enough class to prevail. Raven’s Lady is ignored at your peril also on handicap debut. Marco Botti’s three year old sits at the foot of the weights and whilst out of her depth in Group company last year she could find her level here.

400Totescoop6 Victoria Cup
Just the 27 runners to sort through for the 2017 Victoria Cup!
George William ran a respectable race when we sponsored at Nottingham and was a fast finisher in the Spring Cup on his last run at Newbury, Sean Levey picks up the ride and he should know the horse well coming from the Hannon yard. Taurean Star (22) is our selection for the Placepot. A winner at Ascot last year on his season debut he beat Banksea that day and he went on to frank the form times over. Michael Bell’s runner could sneak under the radar here and it comes over what looks to be his best distance. Jamie Spencer is likely to play his hand late and drawn on the stand side he will be bang there come the end. Fastnet Tempest is likely to be the best supported horse in the race for William Haggas and Josie Gordon. Stepping back down in trip he will have to do better in the finish than last time when drifting all the track. The quality is definitely there and the newly added cheekpieces could keep him on the straight and narrow. Donncha and Bossy Guest have both threatened to win races in recent memory and they alongside Kadrizzi rate the biggest dangers to our selection and the top of the market.

435totepoolliveinfo.com Novice Stakes
Aqabah was a hugely expensive purchase from America for Godolphin and he finally hits the track in this race. Charlie Appleby has started the season in fine style and with number 1 jockey William Buick on he has to be respected. It is difficult to see past Cardsharp (1) who made light work of a Brighton maiden earlier this month, given a quick turnaround as many of the Johnston horses are he is our selection. Joe Fanning gave him a very easy ride on that run and whilst he may have to work harder to win this he saw the race out very well and seems to have the speed to escape in what could be tactical race. Haddaf was second on debut at Leicester recently but has since had that form franked by Dragons Tale at Chester. Martin Harley has a good eye for a sprinter and he gets the leg up here for James Tate. If our selection goes out too fast in front then Haddaf could pick him off late.

510 Winning Post Bookmakers Bristol Handicap
Another easy one to finish your Placepot off – just the 25 runners this time!
Nezar found his winning groove again at Wolverhampton after hitting the crossbar on his season debut and he is fully likely to come on for the run. Switched back to turf here we prefer the chances of Rio Ronaldo (6). Just below his last winning amrk and with Andrea Atzeni in the saddle we think he is the perfect horse to put into your Placepot. The bare results have been poor for him recently however he ran much better than the result suggests last time and a leap of faith is required but we think he can nestle nicely into the places. Born To Finish has dropped back down to near his last winning mark also and rates a danger for the soon to be departing Jeremy Gask. He is likely to be a big fixed odds price but that should not put you off adding him in to a Placepot. Dark Alliance is another worth a second look for Irish trainer Adrian Keatley. Below par on his last run at Leopardstown we think a return to firmer surfaces may see him in a better light.

 

Straight line Placepot:
Leg 1 –
Appeared (4)
Leg 2 –
Baydar (1)
Leg 3 –
Aristocratic (5)
Leg 4 –
Taurean Star (22)
Leg 5 –
Cardsharp (1)
Leg 6 –  
Rio Ronaldo (6)