Placepot Pointers: Take note of William Buick's mounts at Haydock today

Fri 4 Sep 2020

By The Tote Team

The Sprint Cup takes centre stage at Haydock today, and while the battle between the likes of Hello Youmzain, Dream of Dreams and a battalion of three-year-olds excites, it’s not the only action available on Merseyside.

Taking in the first six races of the day, the Placepot requires you to find a horse to fill the frame in each contest, to land your share of the spoils.

Here are all the pointers you need to succeed.

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How's the Going?

It’s Soft, Heavy In Places at Haydock today, and if there’s one thing we know about Haydock, it’s that when it’s testing, it’s really testing. The ability to handle the ground, and potentially stay that little bit further could be important today.

The Big Trend:

Richard Kingscote may be the leading rider at Haydock in terms of winners, but for Placepot purposes, William Buick is the king on Merseyside. In the past four seasons, Buick has hit the frame on 57% of his rides at the track.

He is in action in each of the six Placepot legs today, but of particular interest would be AL DABARAN (Leg 3 - 2:15), CAPE COAST (LEG 4 - 2:50) and DANZENO (Leg 6 - 4:00).

Placepot Banker:

In the opening race of the day (1:10), FANCY MAN is clear on ratings on all of those who have yet been allocated one, and should really be hitting the frame here. Richard Hannon’s colt was green on debut, but still managed to score in nice fashion, before going close in a Listed event at Salisbury last time out.

He’s proven on today’s softer ground, is a winner at the track and has shown he stays the mile. There are likely to be a few improvers in the field, but he ticks all the boxes to get punters through the first leg.

Outsiders to Consider:

Pitched in at Group 1 level on all outings since his debut victory, KINROSS has accounted for himself with some credit, being far from disgraced in the Vertem Futurity, the 2000 Guineas and the Prix Jean Prat. The form of his win first time out last term looks solid, with plenty of Group level performers in behind. If Ralph Beckett’s charge puts in the sort of run he’s delivered on his two outings this term in the Group 3 Superior Mile (Leg 2 - 1:45) he could hit the frame at a price.

The final race of the Placepot (4:00) looks wide open, so two or three representatives might be wise. At a big price, COUNT D’ORSAY could take advantage of a falling handicap mark and a return to softer ground on Saturday. Victorious off today’s rating of 91 on his final start of 2019, Tim Easterby’s gelding has failed to build on a solid reappearance at Newmarket. But with conditions more to suit here, he’s well-handicapped to go close.

Torpedo Leg:

The feature race of the day, the Sprint Cup has the potential to knock a good chunk of units out. Recent Hungerford Stakes winner Dream of Dreams could follow up, but equally could be vulnerable to more frequent 6f winners.

We’re taking him on with a pair who won’t mind the dig in the ground either, in the shape of ART POWER, who probably found things happening a bit too quickly at York and will appreciate this return to 6f and softer ground, and HELLO YOUMZAIN. Kevin Ryan’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner looks in a good spot to defend his crown after chasing home the highly progressive Space Blues in France. It would be a surprise if neither made the first three today.

Our Placepot Perm:

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

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

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