Placepot Pointers: Your guide to the first six races at Newmarket today

Sat 10 Oct 2020

By The Tote Team

Landing the Tote Placepot at Newmarket on Cesarewitch day paid punters handsomely in 2019, with a return of £3607.10 to a £1 stake.

With that in mind, we’ve gone through the card on the Rowley Mile to find our way through the six important legs.

Here’s who we think is worth including in your perm today.

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How’s the going?

After plenty of rain in the week, it’s soft on the Rowley Mile on Saturday, but with sunny spells leading up to the off, there’s a chance it could dry out just a touch. Nevertheless, stamina will be key in the day’s feature at 3:35pm.

The Big Trend:

Ralph Beckett saw four of his five runners on this card hit the frame last year (with three of them winning), and the Kimpton-based trainer seems to be approaching this year’s meeting in similar form, with a 27% strike-rate in the past fortnight.

He has a number of runners on the Rowley Mile on Saturday, with plenty looking like Placepot candidates.

FABILIS (Leg 2 - 1:45) has progressed in each of his three starts, with a handicap victory seeing him enter the Zetland Stakes fray in good nick. DEVILWALA has a bit to find for win purposes in the Dewhurst (Leg 4 - 2:55) but is interesting based on his Gimcrack second, as he makes his first start for the Beckett team.

In the final leg, DANCING VEGA might be one who’ll benefit from a change in underfoot conditions, being a sister to a number of soft ground winners.

Placepot Banker:

We kick off our Placepot perm with another Ralph Beckett charge to get us through Leg 1 (1:10). ZOFFARELLI got off the mark at the fourth time of asking at Kempton after a trio of second-placed finishes. The third horse that day since won easily, giving the form a nice boost.

Prior to that, he was only a length behind Lost In Space who has since bolted up off a mark of 90. There is plenty of reason to believe that there is more to come from this son of Zoffany off his new rating of 84, and a top three finish looks likely.

Outsider to Consider:

Simon and Ed Crisford have been in solid form in recent weeks, with more than half of their runners in the last fortnight finishing in the frame. They saddle LATEST GENERATION in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at 2:20 (Leg 3), and he doesn’t look to be without a chance, despite his odds.

The son of Frankel and Group 1 winning mare Rizeena, he has stuck to the task well late on in both starts, firstly over 7f, before stepping up to land a maiden over a mile last time out. He’s one of only three winners over this trip in the field, and looks to have a good attitude when push comes to shove. This is a bigger test altogether, but he’s not dismissed lightly.

Torpedo Leg:

With units on 30 of the 34 runners in the Cesarewitch (Leg 5 - 3:35) set to be eliminated at the penultimate leg, there are sure to be a large percentage of those falling at the final hurdle. Taking three runners in the 2m2f contest is wise. We are kicking off with Willie Mullins’ GREAT WHITE SHARK. He was only 2½l behind subsequent Group 1 winner Princess Zoe when last seen at Galway, and with his trainer seeing five horses finish in the frame in the last five runnings of the race, his inclusion is a no brainer.

NOT SO SLEEPY was fourth in this last year and having returned to flat action with a win at Pontefract, gets the nod off 6lb higher. Rounding off our trio is FUTURE INVESTMENT who has run four good races this season, and put a career best on his first foray at 2m. He’s unexposed as a stayer and could have more to give over this sort of trip.

Our Placepot Perm:

Leg 1: 2 Leg 2: 1, 3 Leg 3: 4, 7 Leg 4: 4, 6 Leg 5: 8, 10, 25 Leg 6: 4, 6

1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 2 = 48 lines

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