Placepot Pointers: Star ready to shine at Kempton plus keep an eye on Marquand

Mon 31 Aug 2020

By The Tote Team

With a full card of well-populated, competitive races at Kempton Park on Tuesday, the Tote Placepot pool makes for an interesting challenge for bettors. Below you will find some handy pointers to help get you ahead of the first six races.

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How's the Going?

As is always the case at Kempton these days, the all-weather track surface is described as Standard to Slow. The stalls will be on the inside for all races.

The Big Trend:

TOM MARQUAND is a maestro around Kempton and has ridden 12 winners from 69 rides there this year, recording a healthy profit to level stakes for those following blind. He has three rides within the Placepot pool and they’re all worthy of attention:

1:45 - Ilhabela Fact

2:45 - Lanika

3:15 - Qaseeda

Placepot Banker:

ZION STAR (Leg 3, 2:15pm) races for Richard Hannon and typical of many juveniles from the powerful yard, you’d expect this colt to improve significantly from his 4th here on debut. The step up to a mile looks within his compass and with a clear run, the son of Estidhkaar should have no trouble securing a place at the very least.

Outsider to Consider:

Crimson King (Leg 2, 1:45) has been beaten out of sight in three runs over hurdles this summer and perhaps it is time to revert to the level. Michael Easterby’s 66-rated runner does have some questions to answer in terms of well-being just now, but the horse does have some useful all-weather form to his name at this grade. He’s only 3lb higher than when he won here over 1m4f back in March and a repeat of that run today would see him go well. Oisin Murphy is booked, which obviously adds to his intrigue for this class five event.

Torpedo Leg:

With 13 unexposed juveniles heading to post for Leg 4 - a tough 7f nursery handicap - it is a real puzzle for Placepot players with any numbers of horses fitting the bill as solid each-way hopes. It could pay to have two or even three horses on side in this one, so here’s our shortlist:

Imperial Fora

Golden Claim


Our Placepot Perm:

Leg 1: 5,6,10 Leg 2: 5,6 Leg 3: 10 Leg 4: 3,7,11 Leg 5: 1,8 Leg 6: 1

3 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 36 lines

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