Placepot Pointers: Centrury looks a Dream for Crisford team at Goodwood

Fri 28 Aug 2020

By The Tote Team

We’re back at Goodwood for another look to the Placepot opportunity on offer in Sussex on Saturday.

Remember, to win the share of the pool, players just need to find a horse to hit the frame in the first six races of the day.

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How's the Going?

Soft ground looks set to be commonplace around the country in the next few days, including on the Sussex Downs at Goodwood. While traditionally a speed track, there will be more emphasis on stamina than usual for the second card on this three-day meeting at Goodwood.

The Big Trend:

Simon and Ed Crisford are the team to note at the moment, especially when excluding handicap runners. In the last fortnight, the team have had 14 runners in non-handicaps with just three failing to win or place.

Their sole runner at Goodwood today is CENTURY DREAM in the Celebration Mile (Leg 5 - 3:35). While he has some work to do on official ratings to close on the likes of Benbatl and Regal Reality, the soft ground they will face looks to be better suited to the Crisford animal than the market leaders. Expect another bold show from a Gainsborough Stables representative in the day’s feature.

Placepot Banker

LULLABY MOON will be making her third racecourse appearance for her third trainer as she lines up for Ralph Beckett in today’s opener (1:15). She was an exciting winner on debut over 5f at Goodwood, before finding the hustle and bustle of the Super Sprint at Newbury all a bit much. She steps up to 6f today, and as a half-sister to a couple of winners at this trip and beyond, she’s bred to have the stamina reserves required.

Of those that have seen the racecourse, few of her opponents have shown anything that should give her anything to worry about.

Outsiders to Consider

Leg 3 (2:25) features a number of horses, who, on old form, look well handicapped. One of those is OH THIS IS US who comes into this 2lb below his last winning mark. A series decent enough runs at Listed level preceded a respectable run at Doncaster where he faded in the latter stages. A return to this sharper Goodwood track could see him last home and having won off a mark of 113, looks to be down to a very winnable mark.

The testing ground that will be present on the Downs could play to the strengths of ORIN SWIFT in the final leg of the Placepot (4:10). Jonathan Portman’s gelding has hit the frame in three of his four outings on soft ground, including off marks north of today’s rating of 81. Forgive his last run which came after 253 days off, and judge him more on his form last season, and he looks a solid place chance.

Torpedo Leg

Four runners in Leg 4 (3:00) mean Placepot players have to find the winner to progress. Do you go bold and pin your colours to the mast of one runner, or double up knowing that half of your lines will be eliminated? We’re going with a more conservative approach with the two big guns hopefully taking us through.

CABALETTA chased home Enbihaar in the Lillie Langtry Stakes last time, form that looks solid with John Gosden’s charge going on to take the Lonsdale Cup subsequently. Mark Johnston’s SUBJECTIVIST has been nothing if not consistent, clocking up solid figures all season. This is a step back up in trip, but a typically gritty run can be expected.

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: 1 Leg 2: 2,5 Leg 3: 1,4 Leg 4: 2,3 Leg 5: 2,5 Leg 6: 3,5

1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 32 lines

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