Placepot Pointers: Take note of Beckett's runners at Chelmsford on Thursday

Wed 26 Aug 2020

By The Tote Team

It’s all-weather action we’re focusing on for today’s Placepot Pointers, with the first six races at Chelmsford needing to be solved if you are to land a share of the spoils.

The first race is underway at 12:40, with the sixth and final leg off at 3:10.

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How's the Going?

It’s Standard going on the Tapeta track, and although the track should provide no excuses, the weather conditions might not make it the most pleasant day in Essex, with wind and rain set to hit the east of England on Thursday.

The Big Trend

Ralph Beckett has saddled 10 runners at Chelmsford in 2020, with seven of them finishing in the first three. It’s clear the Kimpton handler isn’t one to waste a trip to Essex, and is often someone to take note of at the track.

He sends out three runners at the venue today, with two taking part in our Placepot legs. SHABABIYA (Leg 1 - 12:40pm) showed glimpses of promise on debut, and wouldn’t have to take the biggest jump forward to finish in the frame here. LA FOGGLIETA (Leg 5 - 3:10pm) was third over a mile here in January, and could benefit from this 10f trip as she makes her handicap debut.

Placepot Banker

An admirable performer, placed at Group level on three occasions and despite earning over £46,000 ROPEY GUEST is still a maiden. He can break that duck today, and looks the most obvious Placepot Banker material.

It would be a shock if there was anything in the day’s second race (1:10) that was good enough to beat him, let alone two horses capable of knocking him out of the frame. A much deserved should be on the cards for George Margason’s three-year-old.

Outsiders to Consider

Improving three-year-old Pull Harder Con looks an obvious candidate in Leg 3 of the Placepot (1:40), but it might be worth doubling up with POPPY MAY who has put her best foot forward on her trips to Essex previously. Two of her three wins have come at Chelmsford, while three of her top six Racing Post Ratings have been recorded over today’s course and distance. This mark may preclude her from winning, but she’s a definite place chance.

In the following contest, as unreliable as he is, BERNIES BOY has run a few solid races this season, and could spring a bit of a shock in Leg 4 (2:10). He wasn’t beaten a million miles at Wolverhampton earlier this week, and with the dead eight in the field, it’s not outside the realms of possibility that he sneaks into the frame today under 5lb claimer Ray Dawson.

Torpedo Leg

Six runners means there are just two places up for grabs in Leg 5 of today’s Placepot (2:40) and with all six looking to hold some sort of claims, it has the look of a potential Torpedo Leg.

A chance is taking on the pair of PROTECTED GUEST and GIFTS OF GOLD who finished first and second in a York handicap over today’s trip last August. The latter spent the winter in Dubai where he was campaigned over further and may just benefit from a return to 10f. His Knavesmire conqueror was sent up in distance after that win too, to little effect. His performance at Ascot a fortnight ago was his best of the campaign so far, and he could now be coming to hand.

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: 1,6 Leg 2: 5 Leg 3: 2,6 Leg 4: 4,6 Leg 5: 2,4 Leg 6: 1,5

2 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 32 lines

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