The York Placepot plus another look at Perth


I had an e-mail yesterday from a member asking if the Placepot would have paid out on Aberama Gold who finished 5th in his race….nope, you need to be filling the official place places so he had to finish fourth. he failed by a shorthand but it was all academic anyway in the end.

The Placepots will never be anything but a bit of fun because all manner of weird and wonderful things can happen.

Today’s selections are:

  • LEG 1 – DIGITAL (8), STRONG POWER (11)
  • LEG 2 – VILLE DE GRACE (6)
  • LEG 4 – EL BODEGON (4)
  • LEG 6 – MATCH PLAY (3)


We had plenty of joy at Perth yesterday (surprisingly!), and and I felt I should have another look at what’s going on up there.

The market is telling me the first race (2-15pm), is best left to CIRQUE ROYAL and BATTLE FRONTIER as both are being supported, with the rest drifting.

Henry De Bromhead has sent BRAVE WAY over to contest the 2-45pm but they cannot give this horse away 10/11 > 13/8, with all the money being for CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER 6/4 > E….looks like a winner for Olly Murphy if those markets are not trying to blow smoke in our eyes.

At 3-20pm I’m seeing a good bit of market activity but if I had to point to one being supported more than most it would be HEAVEY 8/1 > 9/2. I’m thinking that a three horse dutch here IF NOT FOR DYLAN, CILAOS GLACE and HEAVEY would produce a profit but a 20/80 HEAVEY should also pop something back into your bank, if the markets are doing their job.

An outsider attracting plenty of e.w. money is HIGHWAY COMPANION, Brian Hughes riding for Keith Dalgleish….14/1 > 8/1. everything ahead of it on the tissue is easy to back but I should mention that James Ewart’s BIGBADMATTIE is 33/1 > 16/1. Racing second time following a wind-op, and wearing first time cheekpieces, someone seems to think this horse might hit the frame at a juicy price.

The 4-25pm Handicap is ultra competitive and I’m seeing support for four here:

  • JACKHAMMER – 9/2 > 11/4
  • KAYFAST WARRIOR – 15/2 > 5/1
  • LOCKDOWN LEADER – 16/1 > 9/1 > 7/1
  • MALANGEN – 20/1 > 12/1

Without a doubt the strongest is LOCKDOWN LEADER, having first run since a wind-op and having opened the outsider of the field, he is now trading third favourite and looks a 20/80.

Another seriously competitive handicap at 4-55pm and we’ve another “streamer” here in FOURTH OF JULY, 11/1 > 5/1 with all bar SWORD OF FATE weak against that support. twist my arm up my back and I’d suggest a dutch that pair….small stakes though, a Class 5 Chase run mid-May is not my idea of fun.

Fergal O’Brien sends THE GIRL THAT SANG on a 762 mile round trip and they are now wading in to it 10/3 > 9/4, the rest drifting. Connor Brace rides and he has ridden three winners at Perth in the last five years….all for Fergal.

He rides CAP ST VINCENT for the same trainer in the 3-20pm but that’s a drifter 4/1 > 11/2 and it looks like this is the one they are here to win with.

Best of luck!

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