Through The Card: Thirsk, Monday August 15
14:15 – PRAZERES (9) ran to a fairly useful level when third on his racecourse debut at Newbury last month, travelling strongly just behind the leaders and keeping on well to finish within three lengths of the more battle-hardened winner. He seemed to know his job pretty well that day, but is entitled to improve with that initial outing under his belt and – 12 lb clear of those with previous experience on Timeform ratings here – Prazeres is expected to shed his maiden tag in this opening leg of the Placepot.
14:45 – PEACH PAVLOVA (10) was disappointing when down the field on her penultimate outing at Catterick, but appeared unsuited by the soft ground on that occasion and bounced back with a good second over five furlongs at Pontefract last time. That form is by far the best on offer of those with previous experience here and, with the return to this longer trip unlikely to inconvenience her, Peach Pavlova is expected to open her account at the third time of asking. Silent Assassin was a fair second on his racecourse debut at Windsor and can give the selection most to do.
15:15 – PICKETT'S CHARGE (3) looked in need of the run when well-beaten on his seasonal reappearance at Ripon in May and showed the benefit of that outing with an improved fourth in a big-field handicap at this venue last time. He still looked a bit rough around the edges on that occasion, wandering when asked to deliver his challenge in the final two furlongs and just plugging on without ever threatening to run down the leaders. That form gives him the edge in what doesn't look the strongest race on paper here, though, and with the possibility of more to come after just seven starts in his short career to date, Pickett's Charge makes more appeal than most in this third leg of the Placepot.
15:45 – FREDRICKA (5) wasn't seen to best effect when fifth on her most recent outing at Ayr, faring best of those ridden from off the pace and ultimately doing extremely well to get within two lengths of the winner from her position. The bare form of that effort is a bit below the level she achieved when successful at Redcar in May, but she is now on a mark just 1 lb higher than when recording that latest success and – a winner over the C&D in July 2014 – Fredricka looks sure to go well here. She is joined in the Placepot by STANGHOW (6), who found his good run of form coming to a halt at Pontfract last time, but can be forgiven one blip in a series of otherwise consistent effort and deserves another chance to promise of his victory at that venue in June.
16:15 – LASTMANLASTROUND (3) failed to produce his best form when fifth at Carlisle three weeks ago, wandering when asked for his effort in the final two furlongs and appearing to have nothing left to give thereafter. He had looked a fairly useful prospect when second on his penultimate outing at Windsor, though, and with his yard in far better form than when disappointing last time (a winner and a second from last five runners), Lastmanlastround is expected to bounce back and can open his account with a defeat of the newcomer New Signal.
16:45 – HIGH ON LIGHT (7) was a dominant winner of his penultimate outing over this C&D and didn't need to improve when following up under a 6 lb penalty at Musselburgh 10 days ago. He appeared to have more in hand than the official winning margin suggests on that occasion, travelling with perhaps too much enthusiasm in the early stages and always appearing to have the measure of the runner-up. That form is beginning to work out well (second was a comfortable winner at Catterick on Friday) and, although he is now 11 lb higher than when scoring here at the end of last month, High On Light remains one to keep onside in his current mood and is fancied to complete the hat-trick in this final leg of the Placepot.
17:15 – LE ROI DU TEMPS produced a career-best to finish second on his most recent outing at Leicester, running on well in cheekpieces for the first time and confirming the promise of his seasonal/stable debut at Doncaster. He remains relatively lightly-raced after just seven starts in his short career to date and – behind only Trinity Star on Timeform ratings – Le Roi du Temps looks overpriced in this penultimate race on the card.
17:45 – SUGAR TOWN regained the winning thread under a 5 lb claimer at Redcar last month and brought up the double with a smooth success at Newcastle 11 days ago. She is effectively another 4 lb higher in the weights here, but that latest effort represented an improvement on anything she had previously achieved and she looks set to mount a bold bid for the hat-trick.
14:15 – 9
14:45 – 10
15:15 – 3
15:45 – 5, 6
16:15 – 3
16:45 – 7