Placepot Pointers: Berkshire Royal can boost your returns at York

Tue 18 Aug 2020

By The Tote Team

The Ebor Festival kicks off at York on Wednesday with the five-runner Juddmonte International set to take centre stage.

But as well as Group One action, there is a Tote Placepot to be won, and we’re on hand to provide the pointers, trends and potential outsiders to consider on the Knavesmire.

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How's the Going?

It’s on the soft side of good for the start of the action, but with further rain forecast across the country during the next few days, it ought to pay to keep an eye on the latest weather reports before investing. The ability to stay might be key if conditions remain testing.

The Big Trend

Four-year-olds have a better than expected return in the two open-age and sex handicaps on day one of the meeting, with the age group filling around half of the places in the contests in the past five years from just 32% of the runners.

In the opening leg (1:45), MAGIC J looks to be a sprinter capable of hitting the frame, with a host of consistent efforts under his belt, while CAME FROM THE DARK put in his two best runs of his career when tried at five furlongs last term, so could be a sprinter to follow. Stablemate JONAH JONES is another who’s showed his best at shorter trips so should be considered.

The fifth race of the Placepot (4:20) MAKE MY DAY looks to have the biggest chance to take players through to the final race, having scored nicely on return from over a year off. This is a significant step up in trip, but he’s promising. At a bigger price ROCHESTER HOUSE is worth considering. A typical tough Mark Johnston horse, he’s run some good races in big staying handicaps at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.

 Ghaiyyath rates a Placepot banker (Focusonracing)
Ghaiyyath rates a Placepot banker (Focusonracing)

Placepot Banker

It’s not an original selection, but there is no getting away from GHAIYYATH in the Juddmonte International (Leg 4 - 3:15). Charlie Appleby’s colt has demonstrated, in devastating fashion, that the 10 furlongs he’s set to tackle on the Knavesmire is his trip. The son of Dubawi has silenced the doubters in no uncertain terms this season, recording some frightening figures to win both the Coronation Stakes and the Eclipse. He’s got a handful of tough opponents here, but it’s hard to see him out of the first two.

Outsiders to Consider

The Great Voltigeur Stakes (Leg 3 - 2:45) hasn’t been the best race for outsiders to hit the frame in recent years, but this looks a particularly open renewal. BERKSHIRE ROYAL, though he hasn’t got his head in front, has put up two career bests in 2020. First, he pulled well clear of the rest of the field when chasing home English King in the Derby Trial at Lingfield, before following subsequent Irish Derby winner Santiago home at Royal Ascot. He’s got very little to find at the ratings, but looks likely to be a tasty price.

In the final leg of the Placepot (4:20), one to consider at chunky odds is Michael Appleby’s FREE LOVE. She’s hit the frame in two of her three outings so far this season, most recently being narrowly denied by subsequent Glorious Goodwood winner Glamourous Anna. Her handicap mark remains such that winning might be a tall order, but she remains a very good place chance under regular partner Theodore Ladd.

Torpedo Leg

The Acomb Stakes (Leg 2 - 2:15) pits a quartet of once-raced (and once-victorious) juveniles against some more battle-hardened rivals. Knowing what was achieved on those debut victories, and indeed what progression there is to come is tricky. It could pay to side with both sides of the coin in the second leg.

The form of ROYAL SCIMITAR’S debut victory couldn’t be working out better, with three of the horses he beat coming out and winning since. He clocked a decent time at Newbury that day, and is of interest here. BROXI is actually the highest-rated horse in the race, and although he looks to have taken a while to come to hand, put up his best performance on his fourth outing. That win at Musselburgh means he’s no back number.

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: 9,14,19

Leg 2: 1,6

Leg 3: 2,3

Leg 4: 2

Leg 5: 7,16

Leg 6: 2,11

3 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 48 lines

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