Placepot Pointers: Athers looks a decent prospect and rates a banker at York

Sun 6 Sep 2020

By The Tote Team

We focus on York today as far as the Placepot goes. The bet paid a huge £3,696.30 to a £1 stake last month, so we're hoping for another big pay day as we pick out those all important pointers.

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How's the Going?

The going is Good, Good to Soft in places on the Knavesmire today. York is a flat track with very little in the way of undulations, making it the perfect track for galloping horses. Look for the middle stalls in the big field sprints and concentrate on the low numbers over 1m2f.

The Big Trend:

Jim Crowley has been up to his armpits in winners this year and York has been no stranger to his success. With a four-timer on Nunthorpe day, Hamdan Al Maktoum’s number-one jockey is five from 19 at the track and only Daniel Tudhope has more winners here this season.

He heads to York with a trio of rides, all of which come in Placepot races. Of those three JASH (Leg 3 - 2:00) is interesting. He made his reappearance after almost a year off the track and off the back of a wind op at Newcastle a month ago. Weakening in the final furlongs, he’s entitled to come on a lot for that run and, if recapturing form of old, might just be a big player here.

Placepot Banker:

In Leg 4 (2:30) ATHERS is one of only two horses with experience in the field. There are a number of interesting newcomers here, but Roger Varian’s juvenile can take advantage of the single run under his belt.

This son of Dubawi was slowly on debut at Doncaster, but ran into a credible third with the eventual winner looking like a decent prospect. With a better start, it would be a surprise to see him out of the frame here.

Outsiders to Consider:

The last five winners of Leg 2 (1:30) have all returned at double figures, so if there’s a race to plump for an outsider, it’s probably this one.

MR CARPENTER sprung a surprise here to land a monumental dividend of £110.40 for supporters back in July. He’s unlikely to return quite as hefty a dividend today, but will very likely be undersupported in the Placepot. He’s only 2lb higher for that win and steps down in trip but, if David Allan can get him settled early, he should have a chance.

We’re going to double up with KINGBROOK in the same race, who ran into the places off a huge price last time and there’s no reason to suggest he can’t go well again here. He’s got a tough draw, but the track should suit.

Torpedo Leg:

A 17-runner handicap is never the easiest of races to navigate and there will no doubt be heartbreak for a number of players after the final leg (3:40).

Three of the last four winners have come from the top five in the handicap, so it could be worth siding with a bit of class here. ILLUSIONIST looked beat at halfway last time out, but under a rallying ride was eventually denied by just a short head. Down in class this time, he can go well over course and distance.

ROYAL CONTEXT is wonderfully consistent, having only finished outside the places once in his career, with that defeat coming on his debut. He’s a really genuine type and comes here on the back of a good win at Haydock.

Our Placepot Perm:

Leg 1: 11 Leg 2: 10, 16 Leg 3: 3 Leg 4: 1 Leg 5: 11, 15 Leg 6: 4, 5

1 x 2 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 8 lines

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