The final day of a mesmerising week of Flat racing at York, including an outrageous Placepot dividend of £3,696 on Wednesday.
Saturday’s payout could be big too and below, you’ll find our handy pointers to get you ahead of the six-leg pool for racing’s favourite bet.
How's the Going?
The weather has been a bit volatile this week to say the least. The ground is described as Good, Good to Soft in places. There are some unsettled forecasts for Saturday however, on top of rain on Friday, so the advice would be to stick with horses with a proven ability to handle a good bit of cut in the ground as it will soften up further. Assured stamina wouldn't go amiss either.
The Big Trend
DANNY TUDHOPE has fired in 8 winners from 32 rides at York this year, boasting a slick 25% hit rate. On Saturday, his best ride is the brilliant and top class veteran LORD GLITTERS (Leg 1, 1:50pm), who finished third in a Group 2 here last time out. This nine furlong trip looks ideal and a drop in class makes him a big player.
While we’re at it, Lord Glitters record on ground described as Good to Soft or Soft - which covers the likely bases at York - reads: 21212122. With that in mind and given his history of excellence in general, he seems like a horse to have on side.
ONE MASTER (Leg 3, 3:00pm) has improved which each start in 2020 and looks to be approaching her peak at just the right time. Last time out at Goodwood, the William Haggas trained six-year-old only won by a short head. But it was about as snug as that winning distance can be and she looked good value for a much more convincing win.
Seven furlongs with some cut in the ground is absolutely perfect and the wide expanse of the Knavesmire will ensure she has plenty of time to space to hit top gear. Her handy mares’ allowance is the icing on the cake and should ensure she’s too strong for Safe Voyage and San Donato, who look to be the main dangers.
Outsiders to Consider
ARTHURIAN FABLE (Leg 2, 2:25pm) finds himself in deeper water than when landing a Sandown handicap over this 1m6f trip last time out. However, it would be folly to rule him out on the back of that confidence boosting success. He recorded a good time there and although others have more polished profiles, Brian Meehan’s charge has very fair place claims.
JEREMIAH (Leg 4, 3:40pm) is described by his trainer as a “complete monkey” and it’s clear to see the horse has a quirk or two when it comes to engaging in battle at the business end of races. Having said that, this athletic gelding has a lot of ability, travels very strongly and might just cart himself into contention now he’s stepping up in trip again.
Watch out for him steadily weaving his way through the pack up the home straight, it should make for a fine spectacle. But whether he’ll get to the front and, more importantly, stay there, is another matter entirely. It wouldn’t be a major shock if he hit the frame, though.
Ebor aside as an obvious banana skin race for many Placepot players, the 4:10pm is Leg 5 the pool and definitely commands some concentration to ensure a winning line or two going into the 4:40pm. These juvenile races are always tricky, with the two-year-old generation improving out of recognition at the drop of a hat.
Kevin Ryan’s BEN MACDUI comes out best on the clock and has to be considered a likely winner, but his form behind Steel Bull did take a minor knock at the Curragh last time. Perhaps doubling up with Nigel Tinkler’s ACKLAM EXPRESS under Tom Marquand can ensure we land a top three spot from one of two picks in the race.
Our Placepot Perm
Leg 1: 5
Leg 2: 3,4,7
Leg 3: 7
Leg 4: 3,7,15,21
Leg 5: 1,2
Leg 6: 4
1 x 3 x 1 x 4 x 2 x 1 = 24 lines
Select any odd to add a bet