This week we are going to look at the Placepot bet again and we will explain how this works in a bit more detail as well as sharing our own placepot picks for each of the days at Aintree
With a guaranteed prize pool of a huge £500k we're going to take a shot at the placepot with a combination of some short favs & a few at bigger prices in a hope for a nice big prize pot
1:45pm 1, Banbridge 2, Saint Roi
2:20pm 4, Nusret 11, Zenta
2:55pm 1, Ahoy Senor, 6, Shishkin
3:30pm 1, Constitution Hill
4:05pm 15, Latenightpass 19, Not That Fuisse
4:40pm 4, Pay The Piper
Race by Race Previews
1:45 – Stage Star may have got the run of things at Cheltenham in what was a superb ride from the front from Harry Cobden, but may not get things all his own way this time and as you should always be looking to take on Cheltenham horses at Aintree a few weeks later, he wouldn't be carrying my money today.
Banbridge would be a strong choice, but very much depends on the ground. The quicker the ground, the bigger his chance and unfortunately with it being the first race of the Festival we will not get a trial run to get a grasp on conditions. The track and trip will be ideal and would prefer over Stage Star this afternoon.
The answer this afternoon could be Saint Roi, upped in trip which really could bring the required improvement. If you get chance to watch last year's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, Saint Roi was outpaced over 2miles behind Honeysuckle before staying on up the straight, with the long straight of Aintree likely to suit he looks a big player this afternoon and the conditions will be ideal.
At bigger prices, if you like Saint Roi you can't discount Visionarian, another Irish raider, as there were just 2 lengths between them when they met at Leopardstown at Christmas and Visionarian was staying on to suggest would have got a lot closer over today’s additional trip. If there was to be a shock, Visionarian would be the one for Willie Mullins
2:20 – This Juvenile Hurdle looks very competitive but should pay to focus on the Irish brigade, so happy to give Gary Moore’s Bo Zenith a swerve, though remains a horse I am looking to follow next season.
The Irish looked so superior in the juvenile division this season it is hard to see they won’t claim victory again in this 4 yr old contest, and the market leader Zenta is the obvious starting point. A solid 3rd in the Triumph Hurdle when was subject of good market support in the build-up, and is worth noting she is already a Grade3 winner from her debut in Ireland. She gets weight from the boys so is the obvious selection, but looks fair too short at the current odd’s as may have had a hard race at Cheltenham for one so inexperienced.
For today’s contest I prefer Nusret, for Joseph O’ Brien and Daryl Jacob. He intentionally missed Cheltenham for a stint at today’s race, and already has the beating of Perseus Way in the Adonis, and I am not quite sure why people feel that form will be reversed. Conditions look ideal and rates a good value selection at the current price.
Milton Harris won the race last year with Knight Salute, and has an interesting runner in Scriptwriter who has the blinkers for the first time. This is a horse the trainer had £3,000 each way on to win the Triumph at Cheltenham but disappointed but clearly feels is a top-class prospect, and no surprise to see go close once again today.
2-55 - A horrible race from a punting perspective, you could make a leading case for all the top 4 in the market (bar Ga Law), but then on the flip side all 4 have strong negatives which would put you off backing them today. Not a race to get too involved in.
Shishkin will love the extra trip by the looks of things, and with the blinkers added it could make the difference and if does win would be no surprise to see him absolutely hack up and think to yourself afterwards ‘Well that was impressive, how come I have not backed him this afternoon’ but again could easily blow out once again.
A Plus Tard was hampered in the Gold Cup when looking to be travelling well, and the weight of money on the day itself would suggest connections feel they had him somewhere near his best once again. Has questions to answer also, but on best form would have outstanding chance.
Ahoy Senor would be my pick, simply on the fact he has been successful at the meeting for the last two season and the track really suits. It is hard to forget he beat Bravemansgame by 7 lengths a couple of years back and seems to get in a good rhythm at the Liverpool venue. If no ill effects from the fall in the Gold Cup, he would be just about be my selection.
3-30 What is there to say about this one – it really is a case of ‘How far’.
Constitution Hill will win, and could win even further as the step up to 2miles 4f and the longer straight at Aintree would allow him to really stretch out going for home and we really could see something special.
If you can get a decent price on something like over 10lengths, or over 12lengths then might be a play.
The track could suit Sharjah, who travels really well and might be overpriced to pick up the pieces in behind.
4-05 The Foxhunters, not a discipline that I follow too closely personally, but a good judge did tell me to have a few quid each way on Late night Pass for jockey Gina Andrews in the build-up to the contest and therefore happy to stick with that selection.
Andrews’s brother, Jack Andrews – might have a chance at bigger prices with Not That Fuisse who was a consistent sort under rules for Dan Skelton and condition look ideal for a big run this afternoon and could be overpriced at 16/1.
Winged Leader would be the obvious one for David Christie who is a master with these Hunters, but will stick with Latenightpass, again – not a race will get too involved in.
4:40 - Highly competitive handicap chase, would pay to throw a few darts at the board.
I was very much in the thinking that Douglas Talking would take the beating in this, but didn't expect him to be quite as short as currently is trading at, and therefore no real value. He might be hard to peg back though and expect to see him kick out from the front and look to make all the running.
One I am keen on is Pay The Piper, for trainer Ann Hamilton, and looks to have gone under the radar as not with one of the more fashionable yards at a big meeting such as Aintree. The speed figure he put up when winning at Musselburgh back at the start of February was really impressive and though beaten a nose next time out, I feel there is more to come and would be a decent each way selection.
It is very interesting that Henry De Bromhead has kept Dancing On My Own for this race, he was 2nd in the race last season and after two prep runs in Ireland over the Winter looks as if this has been the target, and from a mark 1lb lower than last year must enter calculations.
At bigger prices I wouldn't discount Mackenberg, if the conditions are on the softer side this will increase his chances and looks the type to still have room for improvement from a mark of 140. The quicker they go, the better his chance.
You can play too over at https://tote.co.uk/ & good luck if you want to join the placepot pool
What is a Placepot?
The most popular placepot is through the Tote and they define this as;
Tote Placepot is your first bet of the day, a renowned raceday ritual and our most popular bet.
To win the Tote Placepot you need to pick a horse to place in the first six races at any UK, Irish or selected International meeting.
With an average payout of £407, the Placepot is a great way to win big off small stakes and, at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, one customer won £182,567.80 from just a £2 bet.
You can play the Placepot at tote.co.uk from 4pm the day before all UK and Irish meetings and on major international meetings like the Breeders' Cup, Hong Kong International Races and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Why is the Placepot a good bet?
It is not only the payouts that make the Placepot a great bet. If you're looking to enjoy a day of racing, the Placepot can keep you entertained all afternoon. The Placepot provides an interest in the first six races on a card and for a relatively small stake, you can land a share of big Placepot fund dividends.
Winning the Tote Placepot
To win the Placepot you just need to have a horse placed in the first six races at any meeting.
How many places are on offer depends on how many runners are in a race and the same terms apply to the Tote Place pool.
Choosing your horses
With the Placepot, it can pay to take on the favourites. The biggest dividends are won when the most popular horses fail to make the places. Simply picking the favourite will generally lead to a poor payout, the bigger prizes come when the 'pot' is bigger. And as a lot of players will go with the favourites, your slice of the pie if they win will be smaller.
If one of the legs has a particularly large field or it's a difficult race to judge, it's probably worth having more than one selection. Equally, it is often wise to have a couple of favourites on your side, seen as single line "Bankers" in suitable races.
Multiple lines in a Placepot
You can select more than one horse in each race, but this will mean that your total stake will increase. To calculate your total stake, just multiply the number of selections in each leg. For example:
Leg 1: 3 selections
Leg 2: 2 selections
Leg 3: 1 selection
Leg 4: 3 selections
Leg 5: 2 selections
Leg 6: 1 selection
3 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 36 lines.
In this example, your stake would be x36. So in this example if you had a 10p unit stake, the total cost of your bet becomes £3.60 (36 x 10p)
Your winnings are then calculated by your winning lines and paid out as a proportion of the winning dividend. So if all your combinations placed, you would have £3.60 x dividend. If just one selection from each leg one then you would have 10p x dividend.
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