By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
We head up north to Scotland on Wednesday for Tote Placepot Pointers at Ayr.
There are six races to tackle with some big fields, so we are hopeful of a big dividend. We are here to help navigate you through with a banker, outsider and possible torpedo leg for you to be wary of.
How's the Going?
The going at Ayr has been described as good, good to soft in places. Despite not much rainfall in recent weeks, there is some scheduled throughout the day in Scotland, but this shouldn’t affect the going too much.
The Big Trend:
Having had one of the best starts to a season in his career, KEVIN STOTT is a man to be wary of when making selections at Ayr. He has a win strike rate of 24% with his eight wins in 33 rides. Furthermore, a 51% place record is enough to keep him on side. He has five rides at Ayr today, with BUCCANEERS VAULT (2:40pm), ALIOSKI (3:10pm), START TIME (4:10pm), STAR CRACKER (4:40pm) within the Placepot legs.
Today’s Placepot banker comes in the fourth leg, one for the older horses, over seven furlongs. Michael Dods’ INDUCTIVE (3:40pm) has got off to a flyer since the turn of the year, with two victories and two places in five races. He has only been hiked up the ratings by three pounds since the most recent victory and since being gelded, he looks as though a lot more improvement is to come. The form looks very good with Ventura Rascal (finishing second last time out) winning twice since.
Outsider to Consider:
The third race (3:10pm) looks to be a tricky one to navigate through. There aren’t many in the field that arrive with very good form and although it looks as though Hachert will go off favourite, the nine-year-old JESSIE ALLAN could wind back the years and surprise all. She has only finished outside the top four once in her last five attempts and is six pounds lower than her previous winning mark; 16lbs lower than her highest winning mark only two years ago.
She has won over this course and the step back up to seven furlongs may just reignite some spark into those legs. Jim Goldie has had three winners here already and we hope he can add a fourth today.
The second race of the day is one that is going to trip up a lot of punters. There are 15 entered for the race meaning there are only three places up for grabs. It is a very open handicap and many will feel they have a chance.
DEVIL’S ANGEL (2:40pm) will be looking for his second win of the season under Megan Nicholls, who is riding out of her skin. With 11 winners already this season, and an allowance of three pounds, the four-year-old gelding will be in with a big shout.
We’ll also go for BUCCANEERS VAULT here, who would have been a dream horse to own. With nine career wins to date, perhaps he can add one more today and make it double figures. Beaten by Treacherous last time out who went on to win at Goodwood on the weekend, he has some strong form and with Kevin Stott taking the ride, he could be a very interesting runner.
MINA VELOUR was in the same race last time out and her mark hasn’t moved. A swap to Julie Camacho’s yard will surely bring more out of the four-year-old filly.
Our Placepot Perm:
Leg 1: 1,5 Leg 2: 4,13,14 Leg 3: 4,10 Leg 4: 6 Leg 5: 1,10 Leg 6: 8,9
2 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 48 lines
Select any odd to add a bet