Ascot placepot pointers: Jack's Point can go well at scene of finest performance

Fri 24 Jul 2020

By The Tote Team

Enable returns at Ascot for another tilt at King George glory on Saturday and the feature Group One is also the final leg in the Placepot pool.

Below, we have put together some handy pointers to help get you ahead for the day.

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How's the Going?

The ground at Ascot will be on the fast side and is officially described as Good, Good to Firm in places. On the straight course, stalls will be in the centre of the track, and on the inside as usual on the round course.

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The Big Trend:

FRANKIE DETTORI is a magician around Ascot, as we know, and in 2020 he’s operating at a solid 21 per cent strike-rate at the track.

The brilliant Italian has rides in five of the six Placepot legs and he is most certainly a man to keep on side.

Along with Enable at 3:35pm, Dettori also rides TSAR in Leg 5 at 3:00pm. An exciting Kingman colt, he’s won two of his last three and looked to be knocking on the door of Listed/Group class potential at Yarmouth last time.

Placepot Banker:

Enable is the Queen of the turf, and will be many’s idea of the banker of the day in the King George at 3:35pm. Howver, in the opening Leg at 12:45pm, Robert Cowell’s CARBON POSITIVE is very likely to improve on an eye-catching debut at Newmarket late last month.

The son of Distorted Humour recorded a nice time there, looked to be a progressive sort and another step forward here will see the horse hit the frame under Luke Morris.

Outsider to Consider:

A field of twenty horses head to post for the International Stakes handicap over 7f at 2:25pm, the hottest contest of the day. Any number of runners have strong place claims here, but William Muir’s JACK’S POINT (Leg 4) is worth another go back at the scene of his best run so far this season.

The tall and imposing four-year-old won nicely at Newmarket four starts ago, before running a brilliant race to be second in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot. He may prefer a slightly easier surface, but Jack’s Point is a quality handicapper and there may still be room for improvement on his mark of 100.

Torpedo leg:

The Pat Eddery Stakes (1.50pm) is a competitive and open Listed race for unexposed two-year-olds and it is always a challenge to predict which ones will improve the most at any given time. For that reason, this race could catch out a few Placepot players.

The safe option could turn out to be Roger Varian’s SAINT LAWRENCE (Leg 3), who has the right blend of experience, form and speed figures in the locker to justify calling him the one they have to beat. He finished fourth in a Newmarket Group 2 last time out and this drop-in class is also a good positive.

Our Placepot Perm for Ascot on July 25:

Leg 1: 1

Leg 2: 1,3,5

Leg 3: 8

Leg 4: 5,8,9

Leg 5: 1,2

Leg 6: 2,4

1 x 3 x 1 x 3 x 2 x 2 = 36 lines

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