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Placepot Pointers: Kaleidoscope can make for happy viewing at Newmarket

Fri 2 Oct 2020

By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk

We may have lost Ascot today, but there’s still an ultra-competitive card at Newmarket, willing us in to tackle the Tote Placepot.

The dividend the last time we saw racing at HQ was a none-too-shabby £306.50 to a £1 stake, so finding your way through the six legs can be well worth it.

We are here to help you through the six races to claim a share of the pool. Read on to see if you agree with our perm.

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How’s the going?

The deluge of rain the UK has seen has claimed at least one meeting, and while Newmarket goes ahead, it’s going to be tough going for those that line up. It’s officially soft underfoot, with more rain forecast.

The Big Trend

William Buick is a man who seems to enjoy riding the courses at Newmarket, and in the last 12 months, has hit the frame in 61 of his 110 rides on the Rowley Mile and July Course - a very solid place return of 55.5%.

He has a ride in all six Placepot legs today, so the percentage call might be to include all of them, but we’re picking out a trio in pricey yearling MYSTICAL DAWN (Leg 1 - 1:05), MOLL DAVIS (Leg 3 - 2:10) and the consistent INCLYNE (Leg 5 - 3:20) to see us through.

Placepot Banker

Three-year-olds hold the key in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes that makes up Leg 4 of the Placepot (2:45), and with the form she is in, it’s hard to knock Johnny Murtagh’s CHAMPERS ELYSEE out of the frame.

She’s been improving at a rate of knots, most recently landing a Matron Stakes that looks full to the brim of top-class performers. She’s won on heavy ground, gets weight from many of her elder opponents and looks a very solid pick.

Outsider to Consider

Mick Channon’s KALEIDOSCOPE (LEG 3 - 2:10) has been improving steadily in her short career so far. She got off the mark in handicaps at the first time of asking, putting up a career best to score by a length at Sandown.

She had been beaten on soft ground in novice events previously, but we can’t write her off in a handicap here, up 6lbs. The time she clocked in victory that day is better than a lot of her opponents have put up so far, so she could be a shrewd inclusion.

Torpedo Leg

The second leg of the day sees 28 juveniles go to post for a 6f spring that provides us just three places to aim at. Taking a sensible approach would be to arm yourself with three runners to represent you at 1:40.

MIGHTY GURKHA is the obvious selection, clear of the others on official ratings, and comes here off the back of a Group 3 success at Kempton. Connections reportedly think a lot of GEORGE SCOTT, so a chance is taken that he’ll step forward from his two fair runs so far, while GIFT LIST put up her career best on soft ground when pulling clear at Redcar most recently, so will at least handle conditions.

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: 5, 6

Leg 2: 1, 5, 20

Leg 3: 1, 10

Leg 4: 9

Leg 5: 4, 5

Leg 6: 9, 10

2 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 48 lines

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