Placepot Pointers: Pay close attention to Fergal O'Brien's runners at Perth

Sat 29 Aug 2020

By The Tote Team

We head up to Perth on Sunday ahead of a fun and competitive card of National Hunt racing to look forward to. The first six races make up the Placepot pool. Find a horse to place in each leg and you could land a share of a very nice dividend for as little as a £1 stake.

Below, you’ll find our handy pointers to help you find a winning line.

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How's the Going?

The going at Perth is Good to Soft, Soft in places, so not your average summer ground. It will pay to look out for course form and those with a proven ability to handle a good bit of cut in the racing surface.

The Big Trend:

Gloucestershire trainer Fergal O’Brien has saddled 19 winners from 65 runners (29%) at Perth in the past five years and the yard is firing at a 20% hit rate in recent weeks. A £1 win stake on all of his Perth runners would’ve yielded a +£20.50 profit to SP. On Sunday, O’Brien sends these three runners, all worthy of close attention for Placepot purposes:

1:30 - Stoner's Choice (Leg 2)

2:05 - Global Tour (Leg 3)

2:40 - Imperial Elysian (Leg 4)

Placepot Banker:

Fergal O’Brien’s stable has enjoyed a solid start to the season, in no small thanks for IMPERIAL ELYSIAN (Leg 4, 2:40pm). This 6yo was an easy winner over 2m4f at Southwell last time, clocking a good speed figure and a big hike in the weights may not halt his progression. The likes of Dear Sire and Native Fighter are decent, consistent types who’re sure to keep him honest, but Imperial Elysian could just have a touch of quality and looks to be banker material.

Outsider to Consider:

Leg 6 (3:50pm) of the pool is a competitive mares’ handicap hurdle over 2m4f, where SOUTHEAST ROSE rates as an interesting outsider to keep on side. Martin Todhunter’s 7yo has a mark of 91 here, which is workable on the evidence of a good speed figure produced when she finished fourth at Carlisle back in March. She handles soft ground very well, has some decent form in the book and can hit the frame here at fair odds.

Torpedo Leg:

Leg 5 will surely slip up a few lines in the Placepot, with the top four in the market for this 3m handicap chase likely to be trading in single figure odds, along with some interesting horses at bigger prices. The safest option could be to double up with two for the perm. Imada knows the time of day around the track and won well at Bangor last time, while Fortunes Hiding can improve again for this step up in distance.

Our Placepot Perm:

Leg 1: 7

Leg 2: 1,2,3

Leg 3: 2,3

Leg 4: 4

Leg 5: 4,7

Leg 6: 2,8

1 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 24 lines

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