By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
After a blockbuster first day, Irish Champions Weekend climaxes at the Curragh on Sunday, and it looks a splendid Placepot opportunity.
The premise is simple, just name a horse to place in each of the first six races. Doing so, isn’t always that straightforward. Read our Placepot Pointers to put you on the right path.
It’s Good to Yielding at the Curragh, with dry and fine weather forecast right the way through the card. Don’t expect the underfoot conditions to change too much as the day goes on, though we are forecast for a bit of a breeze that could help or hinder runners, depending on it’s direction.
He’s obviously Champion Irish Jockey for a reason, but Colin Keane is riding out of his skin at the current time. With 18 wins or places from his 29 rides in the past week, he’s a man to keep on side with your Placepot.
The Group One-winning rider takes part in all six legs, all with some sort of chance. For our perm though, we’re siding with Keane in Leg 1 (MR LUTPON), Leg 2 (LEMISTA) and Leg 3 (A’ALI).
It’s never easy to rule out unexpected improvement from two-year-olds, but it will take a big leap forward from at least three of the field in the Moyglare Stud Stakes to knock PRETTY GORGEOUS (Leg 4 - 3:40) out of the frame. Joseph O’Brien’s filly has taken sizeable leaps forward on each of her starts this term, most recently turning the tables on old sparring partner Shale when brushing her aside over course and distance.
A big, rangy filly, and in all likelihood we’ve not seen the full article just yet. In truth, she shouldn’t have to improve on her Debutante Stakes performance to land a Group 1 here.
Rewatch the final stages of the Phoenix Stakes last month and you’ll see LAW OF INDICES (Leg 5 - 4:10) enter the final furlong stone last, being worked harder than most. However, as the line got closer, so too did Ken Condon’s colt, flashing home to finish a never nearer fourth. A slow start that day didn’t help the two-year-old’s chances, but with a brighter exit from the stalls, and an extra furlong to travel here, he could be one to squeak into the places in the National Stakes.
The Irish St Leger rounds off the Placepot, and if you’re thinking of doubling up with your perm, you could do far worse than considering the sole three-year-old in the race, PASSION (Leg 6 - 4:40). Aidan O’Brien’s Irish Oaks third seemed to relish the step up in trip when landing the Stanerra Stakes over today’s distance and could turn out to be a useful stayer. With Seamie Heffernan in the plate - a man who has won or placed on 66% of his Curragh rides this term - she looks too big a price.
A tricky sprint handicap kicks off proceedings, and it could be a race where many Placepot players come unstuck. We’re throwing a trio of darts at the race, including the aforementioned MR LUPTON under Colin Keane.
Ed De Giles brings over TREACHEROUS for a rare Irish foray. Two wins on the spin have seen his handicap mark climb to 91, but a look at his run at Newcastle three starts back when fourth off 90, in a race turning out to be red-hot, puts him in the mix here.
For the home team BIG GOSSEY is picked to continue his good form for Charles O’Brien. Third over 5f last time out, he reverts to a course and distance which he was successful at on seasonal debut. With just six career starts under his belt (winning or placing in five of them), he’s got plenty more scope for improvement.
Leg 1: 4, 13, 16
Leg 2: 8, 9
Leg 3: 3, 8
Leg 4: 8
Leg 5: 3, 7
Leg 6: 2, 8
3 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 48 lines
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