Placepot pointers: Le Chiffre and Tudhope make for potent combination

Thu 23 Jul 2020

By The Tote Team

Beverley makes a return on Friday and with a potentially handsome Placepot to be won.

We have had a look through the six legs and unearthed a banker, outsider and leg to be wary of.

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How’s the going?

It has been very dry over the course of the last week, so the going is likely to be good to firm. However, there were some pretty heavy showers around on Thursday so this may just soften up areas of the racecourse. It is due to be a sunny day just north of Hull on Friday.

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The Big Trend

Danny Tudhope has managed to ride four winners from 16 rides at Beverley this year and holds a 57 per cent place rate at this course over the past five seasons. He has been booked for six rides, four of them falling within the opening six Placepot races (12:50pm, 1:20pm, 1:50pm and 2:25pm).

The Banker

Keeping in mind the big trend and Tudhope’s record at Beverley, the banker of the day comes in the fifth leg of the Placepot in LE CHIFFRE (2.25pm). The David O’Meara trained three-year-old is two from two and we expect the hat-trick to be completed.

He was gelded at the start of the year and seems to have filled out as a three-year-old. The handicapper cannot keep up with him and although he’s encountered a 13lb hike up in the weights since the start of the season, it seems as though there is still plenty left in the tank. He has won on good and soft ground so the rain will not be too much of a problem, if it comes.

Outsider to Consider

The fourth leg looks to be one where an outsider could come in and break up the remaining units. We are siding with KEEPUP KEVIN (1.50pm) who has won over this course and distance before off a mark of 72.

He is only 1lb higher than that on Friday and after a promising return to action a week ago at the same track, he should come on from that run and could come in with a bit of value attached.

Dancing Rave is expected to head the market and will have a number of Placepot units remaining on him. However, after a steady climb up the ratings and having been easily beaten here, there are reasons to oppose.

Torpedo leg

Nibras Again will go off a short price in the first. However, we have our doubts. He has been a beaten favourite six times and although a consistent placed horse, his steady rise up the weights may just be too much to handle this time.

We are looking out for one of the older horses who has gone the opposite way and will be looking to bounce back. ROYAL BRAVE (12.50pm) has dropped 22lb in the last two years and seems to be finally at a level where he can compete again. He has won 11 times and been placed a further 24. He could be surprise.

It is a competitive heat here and could prove to be the Torpedo in the pool, so we are going to add BURTONWOOD to this leg as well. Cieren Fallon takes the ride, a man riding out of his skin after his first Group One victory this month. Burtonwood won here in mid-June and there still could be some unlocked potential in the eight-year-old’s legs.

Beverley Placepot Perm for Friday July 24

Leg 1: 2,5,8

Leg 2: 4,11

Leg 3: 1,6

Leg 4: 5,7

Leg 5: 8

Leg 6: 2,3

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

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