Newmarket Placepot picks: Paul Kealy has a couple of bankers in his perm
Maidens and novice contests are rarely the most exciting betting mediums, but you have little choice if you're doing a Flat Placepot as there's always at least one on the card.
There isn't a great deal to go on in Newmarket's opener (1.50), but Maybury's third to Oscula in the Woodcote is comfortably the best form and he has to go in. Great Havana, who is trained by the in-form Andrew Balding, would be my pick of the newcomers.
Balding's good start to the card can continue with Spirit Mixer in the next (2.25). The three-year-old is 3lb well-in following his second 11 days ago at Salisbury. Handsome doesn't look badly treated despite a 5lb rise for his second at Leicester.
In leg three (3.00), Akkeringa could still be well ahead of his mark under a 6lb penalty (2lb well-in) for an impressive Doncaster success. He's banked on despite there being just seven runners.
There doesn't look to be too many dangers lurking in the fillies' novice (3.35), so Subtle Beauty, who pulled a long way clear with her neck conqueror at Newbury last time, also looks banker material for the frame.
Ametist is a favourite I'm taking on as he's going to be extremely popular and needs to improve again. Fox Champion and Dulas, who is better than he showed at Epsom last time, are the pair to concentrate on in the 7f handicap (4.10).
Dogged and Hundred Isles, who both ran well to place last time, are my two in the closing mile handicap (4.45) against likely warm favourite Alabama Boy, who is going to find things harder after a six-week absence.
Newmarket Placepot perm
7 Great Havana
10 Spirit Mixer
14 Subtle Beauty
1 Fox Champion
2 Hundred Isles
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