16:35 – MARS LANDING (4) stepped up on his debut form when second at Sandown last time, travelling strongly and deserving credit for going with the exciting Palace Pier for a long way, before being left behind in the final 100 yards. That form is still comfortably the best on offer in this line-up, and with further improvement on the cards, he looks a good bet to open his account at the third attempt, representing a trainer who knows what it takes to win this race (two wins since 2014) and a jockey who is invariably amongst the winners at Kempton (21% strike rate). Desert Peace cost plenty as a yearling and is feared most on debut for the powerful Charlie Appleby yard.
17:10 – Those with previous form don't set a high standard in this second leg of the Placepot, so it could be worth taking a chance on the newcomer HIGHER KINGDOM (3). The son of Kingman makes plenty of appeal on paper and represents a yard that continues to go great guns with its two-year-olds, with 58 winners already on the board in 2019. Star of Wells has proved expensive to follow in two starts for William Haggas to date, but he still remains capable of better and heads the list of dangers along with Blue Skyline.
17:40 – BROWN HONEY (2) found the quick switch to listed company too hot to handle three weeks ago and is better judged on the form of her debut second at Bath. She shaped with plenty of promise in going down by just a neck that day, and with the prospect of more to come now returned to calmer waters, it will be disappointing if she isn't involved at the finish. Maximum Effect and Dubious Affair, now equipped with a visor, are both proving consistent and rate next best.
18:10 – Archie Watson is fancied to strike with Higher Kingdom earlier on the card, and he is likely to have high hopes of adding to his tally when REGAL DIRECTOR (2) lines up in this competitive handicap. Admittedly, there wasn't much encouragement to be taken from his latest effort at Newmarket last time, but he looked all at sea on the undulating track that day (unbalanced and wandering in the closing stages) and is well worth another chance to take advantage of what looks a fair mark now back on the all-weather, still only 4 lb higher than when winning readily at Redcar in August. In-form duo Geranium and Grey d'Ars are already proven round here and complete the shortlist.
18:40 – MARNIE JAMES (6) was below his best in the Portland at Doncaster last month, but he had previously shaped as if he was coming to the boil with solid placed efforts at York, notably finding only the thriving Dakota Gold too strong on his stable debut in August. In receipt of weight from four of his five rivals here, a repeat of that form would appear to give him leading claims, and with an unexposed all-weather profile to call upon, he makes plenty of appeal in a tricky heat despite the small field. Enjazaat and Royal Birth arrive in good order and can battle it out for a share of the minor money.
19:10 – A fairly useful handicap to conclude proceedings in the Placepot, but it's very difficult to look beyond INTUITIVE (1) after he forged clear at Chelmsford last time in impressive fashion. The manner of that success suggests that an 8 lb higher mark is unlikely to prove beyond him, and, still relatively unexposed at this trip, there is every reason to expect a bold follow-up bid, representing the James Tate yard that continues in top form (10 winners from last 32 runners). Fellow three-year-old Jaleel rates the chief threat, while recent Ayr scorer Markazi seems sure to be on the premises, too.
19:40 – MOLIVALIENTE (7) faces his toughest test to date, but there's little doubt we've yet to see the best of John Best's lightly-raced colt and he is taken to follow up his cosy C&D win last time. Delilah Park is on the up too and this likeable mare heads the list of dangers.
20:10 – GARTH ROCKETT (1) arrives on a lenient mark and is the one to catch the eye here after last week's promising Wolverhampton second, when things didn't pan out his way (forced to wait for a gap at a crucial stage). Rock In Society has a poor win record but he is feared most ahead of the consistent Mad Endeavour.
This post first appeared here