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The Placepot Picks: 14th Apr

This week we are looking 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

Fridays Placepot

After a near miss on day one, although we did have a good few selections, we go again & have our selections plus our race by race preview for you here on The Cheeky Punts

The Selections

1:45: Gerri Colombe

2:20: 8, Dargiannini 18, Sonigino

2:55: 3, Found A Fifty

3:30: 1, Fakir D’ Oudairies 3, Fugitif

4:05: 2, Burrows Saint 6 Al Dancer

4:40: 1, Absolute Notions 8 Maximilian


Race 1 - 1:45pm

Gerri Colombe had a tough race at Cheltenham and could be argued if we still had the old whip rules then Jordan Gainford could well have got him up to score at the Festival. Gordon Elliott has applied the blinkers for the first time which is very interesting and has the beating of 2nd favourite Bronn from when the two met at Fairyhouse in November. He really is held in the highest regard by Elliott and if running to form is the one they all have to beat.

Bronn might get in a nice rhythm from the front and as we know front runners have a terrific record at the track so has to be respected, and certainly wouldn't put anyone off looking at the without the favourite market.

Not a race to get really stuck into but should pay to focus at the top of the market

Race 2 - 2:20pm

Camprond has to be of interest, even more so if the track misses the rain and is on the quicker side, as hated the softer ground at Cheltenham and nearly doubled in price before the off before just being caught late on. You can see why will have its supporters.

Dargiannini is a horse that has a high cruising speed and could look very dangerous just behind the pace. Rated 138 there could be more to come and is respected.

No Ordinary Joe was well touted by the Henderson yard earlier in the season and potentially much better than a mark of 143, and another I do like is Sonigino for Paul Nicholls who has won 3 of his last 4 and beat a strong field in a decent speed figure last time out at Huntingdon.

The more it rains, bigger the chance for Jason The Militant who wasn’t fully fit when totally outclassed in the Champion Hurdle and is surprising to see him put in as the outsider of the field, especially if the rain really was to arrive.

Race 3 - 2:55pm

Found A Fifty put up a massive performance against Corbetts Cross at Naas in late Feb and the fact that he comes here fresh and missed Cheltenham could be very telling come 3pm tomorrow. A horse held in the highest regard he could be well supported and remains a horse to follow for next season for sure. My most likely winner.

Inthepocket has to be respected if can back up the run behind Marine National in the Supreme Novices at the Festival, a race that was run in a good figure compared to Constitution Hill in the Champion Hurdle later on the card and is sure to work out to be a top-class renewal of the race.

Luccia was one of my best bets of the Festival but the yard feel she just wasn't in top shape and there is much more to come, she did have a troubled prep and it may have told – but be sure there is much more to come but that possibly could be next season now.

Altobelli could be interesting, unexposed and another that missed Cheltenham instead opting for this contest and is a horse held in high regard by the Harry Fry yard.

Pembroke is another that we liked for Cheltenham and is worth watching today to see if the blinkers make a difference as is a horse the Skelton yard feel is much better than a 135 horse.

Race 4 - 3:30pm

A very open Grade 1 contest that looks a very tricky puzzle to solve – not one that I would get too involved in personally.

Fakir D’oudaries is the highest rated in the field and missed Cheltenham specifically for this race, and easy to see why as has won the last 2 renewals of the race very impressively. He comes here fresh, the best horse in the race, so is hard to get away from on what we have seen to date.

Fugitif is very interesting, this is a big step up but has run in hot handicaps and that would not be too far short of the standard required to win this. Battle hardened, and the type to go from the front, he could go close at a big price. If the rain arrives it would boost his chances.

Millers Bank could be overpriced as did cause a shock when winning at the Festival last season, not to mention a good third the year before, so clearly goes well at the track and might be underestimated in the market.

Pic D’Orhy finished ahead of Fakir D’oudaries in the Ascot chase but just get the feeling might find one too good here today.

Race 5 - 4:05pm

The trickiest race of the day, and may be worth having a couple of selections rather than banking on something for placepot purposes, also worth shopping around with your bookmakers who are going first 6 home in this contest.

Aintree is a course that often pays to focus on proven course and distance form so you have to have Gesskille and Al Dancer on your shortlists. Slight preference is for Al Dancer and Sam Thomas whose horses are in good form and looks sure to go well once again.

Burrows Saint jumps brilliantly, and this race could be ideal and clearly has been aimed at the race all season. With Patrick Mullins booked he could be well backed throughout the morning and should run a big race.

Fantastikas could be overpriced from the bottom of the weights if gets to the front in a nice rhythm and if there was to be a surprise it could be him.

Race 6 - 4:40pm

Absolute Notions is a horse that I really like for Gordon Elliott and his form would be boosted if Inthepocket run well earlier on the card as met each other at Naas just before Christmas which has proved to be a very strong form line. It is very interesting the trainer skipped Cheltenham and with the step up in trip likely to bring more improvement would be my main fancy.

Maximilian comes here fresh having beat Stay Away Fay at Doncaster and could be the value for trainer Donald McCain who always looks to support Aintree and aims his better stock at the track all year. If you can get an each way price he looks a cracking bet as beat Stay Away Fay which didn’t look to be any fluke and as mentioned looks to have been aimed at the contest.

Iroko flew late at Cheltenham and gives the impression is going to keep improving as matures, but would need to sit handy throughout on this track that really suits to be ridden prominently.

Stay Away Fay has an obvious chance having won at Cheltenham but had a tough race that day and may have left his running at Prestbury Park.

Blenkinsop could be overpriced for trainer Henry Daly but likely to find something classier just too good, and worth mentioning Hurricane Bay at huge prices who wasn't far behind Maximilian at Doncaster and seems to be forgotten about on handicap debut.

Race 7 - 5:15pm (non Placepot race)

A really tricky race where I seem to have about half the field in my tracker so not a race I will get stuck into personally.

Nibiru would be my main selection in this competitive handicap hurdle for the ultra-shrewd Tony Martin, he beat all bar Gaelic Warrior at Leopardstown last time and caught the eye to suggest his turn is not far away. Martin doesn’t bring runners over to England for a day out and has to be respected.

Gaoth Chuil gets in from the bottom of the weights for Ted Walsh and was well supported to win last time out and thought up 9lbs is very interesting they have decided to come over, looks to have solid place claims.

Parramount may front run, and we know the track really suits front runners, another that could be hard to peg back.

JPR One has always been well regarded and I don’t think 131 will be the ceiling of his ability, one for your trackers no matter how gets on this afternoon.

Two at bigger prices I am defiantly interested in are Glan, and Densworth. Glan was an eye-catching 4th in the Galway hurdle and though has been inconsistent looks the type that can pop up in a race such as this, and Densworth is another that is likely to try and front run and the vibes from the Pauling yard are that he could be well handicapped from an opening mark of 124.

You can play too over at & 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 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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