By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
Leicester is the focus for our Placepot Pointers on Monday with a decent eight race card on offer.
The first six races are the ones we need to focus on as far as the Placepot is concerned. There looks to be plenty of opportunities to get the favourites beat to increase that winning dividend - but which ones are they?
Read on for our pointers on the six races.
How's the Going?
It’s good to firm at Leicester after a few scorching days in the UK, and it’s only likely to get quicker with temperatures forecast to reach 30 degrees in the East Midlands on Monday.
The Big Trend:
7lb claimer Tyler Heard is riding out of his skin at the moment, and looks good value for his allowance. Four wins and two places in 16 runs in the past month are a healthy return, which includes getting a 12-1 and 16-1 shot into the frame and winning on a 25-1 chance.
He gets the leg up on two of those three surprise packages at Leicester today, firstly on the shock winner GRANDSTAND (3:00) who should be there or thereabouts in the Class 6 Classified Stakes.
Half an hour later, Heard is reunited with PRINCE OF ROME (3:30) for Richard Hughes. The Lethal Force gelding seemed to relish the return to turf last time out, and although he’s up a couple of pounds in the handicap, could go close again.
Stating a horse is a ‘banker’ in the first leg of a Placepot is risky business indeed and risks leaving one with egg on one’s face. However, a repeat of FOREVER FORWARD’S (1:30) debut run should be enough to see him not only comfortably in the first three, but also go very close indeed.
Showing signs of inexperience early on, the Exceed and Excel colt needed to be nudged along by Adam Kirby to secure a good spot in mid division, once the penny dropped for Clive Cox’s charge, the turbo chargers came on late at Sandown. It was too late to catch the hot-pot, eventually going down by a neck, but the pair pulled clear of the rest that day. A couple of well-connected newcomers are set to tackle him here, including a son of Gold Cup winner Estimate, but the selection should have enough to take you through to Leg 2.
Outsiders to Consider:
There looks to be very little between the seven that line up for Leg 3 of the Placepot (2:30), with most showing talent in their short career to date. However, MASHMOOM is one that could be under-appreciated. The Muharaar filly has been gradually improving in her three runs to date, winning on her second start, before running well in second under a penalty next time out. For a yard with an excellent strike-rate at Leicester (32% in the last five years), she’s respected.
At a huge price, in what looks a trappy fourth leg (3:00) a chance can be taken on WE’VE GOT THE LOVE. Her form figures (0-7057) don’t provide much encouragement, but her performance in her last two races, both over 7f, give some hope. Michael Mullineaux’s filly showed enough early pace (recording some solid speed figures) to be with the principles for the first six of the seven furlongs those days before fading late on. Back down in trip, this filly who is a half-sister to a number of winners, could be a surprise package.
The final leg of the Placepot at Leicester looks particularly tough, with six runners, all boasting some kind of chance. Likely favourite Sorrel represents Sir Michael Stoute, and is respected, but there’s a nagging doubt that she may let favourite backers down late on.
ALEMAGNA has done what most of her rivals haven’t and proved that she stays this 12f trip, when winning at Goodwood last term. She’s only 4lb higher in the handicap from that run and having put in a couple of solid performances this term, gets the nod. To double up your chances, PUNTING might be the one. The daughter of Power put up a career best when winning a 10f handicap at Sandown last time out, doing all her best work late and could follow up off 5lb higher.
Our Placepot Perm:
Leg 1: 3 Leg 2: 3,6 Leg 3: 2,6 Leg 4: 2,6,10 Leg 5: 2,5 Leg 6: 2,5
1 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 2 x 2 = 48 lines
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