Placepot Pointers: Stick with Seven Brothers in opener at York

Sun 26 Jul 2020

By The Tote Team

After Saturday’s rip-roaring action we return to the Knavesmire on Sunday, with the eight-race York card starting at 12.20pm.

It is the first six contests we’re interested in for Placepot purposes. Watch all the racing at York for free when you’re logged into your Tote account and enjoy the action on your mobile or desktop. New at Tote? Sign up today for a £10 Risk Free bet.

How's the Going?

The official going description at York on Saturday was good, good to firm in places, with the stalls being located on the inner of the track for all races except those at six furlongs, where they will be situated on the far side.

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The Big Trend

While he may not get the plaudits of an Oisin Murphy or a Frankie Dettori, Connor Beasley is a jockey who knows his way around the Knavesmire. In the past three seasons, the young rider boasts a 53 per cent win or place rate at the track.

Beasley takes three rides within the six Placepot legs today which are all worthy of attention. Last time out winners COMMANCHE FALLS (1.25) and WENTWORTH FALLS (2.45) have obvious claims, and don’t discount DANIELSFLYER (2.10). The six-year-old twice hit the frame from higher marks last term and with a run under his belt could surprise a few.

Placepot Banker

While John Gosden’s FRANCONIA (3.20) will be the banker for many in Leg 6 of the Placepot, at the very start of the day one catches our eye. SEVEN BROTHERS (12.25) had a lot go wrong on debut at Ayr, meeting trouble in running before being switched wide to come and win first time out. She recorded some decent figures for that effort, a very good showing on debut.

The horse in third that day has come out and won, giving the form a nice boost too. Although she has to carry a penalty for that success it is hard to see Kevin Ryan’s filly out of the first three in the opening contest.

Outsider to Consider

It’s been nearly two years since GUNMETAL (2.45) got his head in front, and although he looks vulnerable for win purposes, he shouldn’t be overlooked for your Placepot. David Barron’s grey wasn’t beaten all that far in both the Wokingham and Ayr Gold Cup off marks in the 100s last season, so down to a rating of 89, he looks very interesting. A disappointing showing at the Curragh needs to be forgiven, but on his third on seasonal reappearance at Newmarket, in a race that has a solid look about it, he’s got conditions in his favour for a bold run.

Torpedo leg

Although posing fewer runners than a couple of other races on the card, the Fillies Handicap in Leg 2 (1.00) has the potential to cause a bit of a ruckus in the Placepot Pool. Roger Varian’s ZEZENIA looks likely to be a strong favourite, having opened her account in good style this month. However, although the promise is there, she’s got to prove she’s up to this mark on her handicap bow.

Including one or two others from the race in your perms could be wise. DANCING RAVE is a consistent sort, having finished in the first three on six of her past eight starts and could be considered. Likely outsider RAINBOW JET was second to subsequent UAE 1000 Guineas winner (and now 103-rated) Dubai Love off level weights on her last start as a two-year-old, and although she’s yet to show the same form this year, off a mark of 73, she cannot be discounted.

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: 1

Leg 2: 1,5,7

Leg 3: 6,12

Leg 4: 4,12

Leg 5: 3,9,10

Leg 6: 4

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

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