Placepot Pointers: Cheltenham Festival runner-up Galvin rates a banker

Sat 3 Oct 2020

By The Tote Team

There’s Graded jumping action in Ireland on Sunday, as Tipperary’s nice weekend fixture reaches its conclusion.

With the decent quality racing providing National Hunt fans plenty to shout about today, we’ve gone about our business to try and solve the day’s Placepot.

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How’s the going?

While the UK’s racecourse have inevitably had ‘soft’ in the going description recently, it’s good ground at Tipperary on Sunday, with the wet stuff forecast to hit the region at some point today. Watch the ground if it does arrive before racing gets underway, there could be quite a bit of it.

The Big Trend

Jack Kennedy has been in some form in the saddle of late, operating at a 29% strike-rate over the past month. In hurdle races in particular, he has been a decent man to follow for Placepot players, finishing in the frame in 47% of his races under the smaller obstacles this year.

He takes two rides of that sort today, and both look worth considering in your Placepot. THE VERY MAN (Leg 1 - 1:00) has won his last four races, most recently in a Listed contest at Galway and is worth a shot in the Grade 3 opener. In Leg 3 (2:08) STAR MAKER will need to bounce back from a couple of below-par runs at the back end of last year. He has however, got some winning form in his back catalogue that will see him go close if he can reproduce something similar.

Placepot Banker

Those who make it to the final leg of the day may choose to rely on just GALVIN (3:38) to bring home the bacon in Tipperary. Runner-up at the Cheltenham Festival in March, Gordon Elliott’s charge has returned to racing in some style over the summer with back to back wins at home in Ireland.

At the weights he’s the best of those in the contest, has race fitness on his side and looks a sure fire way to make it through the final leg.

Outsider to Consider

FINDING JOY (Leg 4 - 2:38) had previously shaped as if a step up in trip would be ideal when getting outpaced over shorter earlier in the summer. Her run when upped to 3m1f at Kilbeggan was probably too bad to be true, so giving her another chance at this extended distance is worthwhile. She wasn’t beaten a million miles at Tramore last time out, and with cheekpieces added for the first time in combination with the step up in trip, she could cause a bit of a surprise.

Torpedo Leg

You’ll probably have to dig deep into the back form of those in fifth leg of the day’s Placepot (3:08), with little recent form to shout about. We’re siding with one of the few to show something of late as well as one that may not have shown his best just yet.

THE REAPING ROSE is a course and distance winner who has been in the frame on his last two outings and at least looks to be coming here in some vein of form.

DA BIG FELLA was beaten 15l last time out over 2m4f, but that was a career best when fifth at Killarney, and he’s interesting stepped up to 3m. This weak contest could be enough for him to make the frame for the small yard of Eamon Courtney.

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: 1, 4

Leg 2: 1, 5

Leg 3: 2, 4

Leg 4: 5, 9

Leg 5: 3, 4

Leg 6: 2

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

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