Placepot Pointers: Fergal O'Brien pair both worthy of consideration

Thu 8 Oct 2020

By The Tote Team

Those familiar names from jumps seasons past are beginning to creep into the list of entries every day, and we’re jumping on the national hunt train for today’s Placepot Pointers.

Exeter is the venue, with six tricky, but solvable puzzles facing punters wishing to land a share of the pool.

Here’s who we think is worth including in your perm today.

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How’s the going?

While elsewhere in the country seems to be requiring participants to bring their wellies, the ground at Exeter remains good to firm.

The Big Trend:

Fergal O’Brien has been a man in form of late, operating at a 34% strike-rate in the past month. His hurdlers, in particular, have been friends of Placepot players since the start of September. In that time frame, 16 of his 25 runners over the smaller obstacles have hit the frame (64%).

He sends out AVOID DE MASTER (Leg 1 - 1:30) and ISOSCELES (Leg 5 - 3:30), who look worthy of consideration on their first and second starts for their new trainer respectively. The former was a point winner and put up his best performance of last season first time out, while the latter finished in the places at Newton Abbot last time and has had a wind op since.

Placepot Banker:

For a long way on his first start for Jamie Snowden, GA LAW (Leg 3 - 2:30) looked as if he was going to finish among the principles over hurdles back in March, but folded tamely.

He put that effort firmly behind when swiftly swapping the smaller obstacles for fences at Fontwell recently. Jumping with aplomb, he brushed aside hot favourite Getaway Trump, scoring in a manner that marks him out as a nice chasing prospect. Connections are thought to be considering an Arkle campaign with him, and if that is to bear fruit, he should be winning this today.

Outsiders to Consider:

As well as the aforementioned Fergal O’Brien runner in the opener, we’re doubling up with DON JUAN DU GOUET on his first start for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He was a very good third in the mud when last seen for Henry Daly, but has equally good form on better ground.

The 7yo was a winner over course and distance on good ground, off a mark just 3lb higher than today’s 12 months ago, that being a career best performance. If his handler has him ready to roll after eight months off, he could finish in the frame at a nice price.

Torpedo Leg:

The Mares Maiden Hurdle that makes up Leg 4 of the Placepot (3:00) looks to be between the trio of Jungle Prose, Misstree Song and Who What When, with punters forgiven for thinking that they will fill the frame with minimal fuss.

However, there are a couple of newcomers of interest, so splitting tact might be wise to cover a couple of bases here. DR JANE is a full sister to the useful Mr Medic, who runs earlier in the card and is certainly bred for the job, so get a tentative nod.

Of the three principles, we’re siding with WHO WHAT WHEN, who chased home a winner that got first run on the field on reappearance at Fontwell last time.

Our Placepot Perm:

Leg 1: 6, 11 Leg 2: 1 Leg 3: 8 Leg 4: 2, 10 Leg 5: 6 Leg 6: 2, 3

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

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