The Placepot: two bankers to help you pinch a part of the Newbury pot
Three novice races make up the first half of the Newbury Placepot, but they might not all be straightforward.
I like the chances of Sovereign Prince reversing Newmarket form with surprise winner Bethersden Boy in the opener (1.15). Sovereign Prince missed the kick and ran green, and now has a 6lb pull.
Single Minded, who showed plenty at a price here on his debut, is the second selection.
At A Pinch and Seattle Rock are the clear form fillies in the next (1.45) and should dominate going down in class, with preference for the former, who has fewer miles on the clock.
The next (2.20) is tricky as the form fillies haven't shown anything special. That said, Siyata is worth forgiving her latest run in a bog and her trainer is starting to show signs of hitting the midsummer form for which he's renowned.
The well-bred Evident Beauty is more of a guess, but she goes in anyway.
I like the chances of Auria in the next (2.55), but only seven go, so I'd better have some back-up. I can find reasons to take on the front two, though, so One Journey gets the nod to improve on her fine recent effort at Newbury.
There are 14 runners, though, so I'll add French Conquest, who showed plenty when fifth in a good maiden at odds off 150-1 on his return, and doesn't look badly treated off 69.
Newbury Placepot perm
10 Single Minded
11 Sovereign Prince
1 At A Pinch
2 Evident Beauty
5 One Journey
3 Gin Palace
6 French Conquest
7 Semper Augustus
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