CATTERICK – FEBRUARY 3
Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2016: £11.10 – 8 favourites – 3 winners – 4 placed – 1 unplaced
Friday's Placepot permutation at Catterick:
Leg 1 (1.15): 1 (Allfredandnobell) & 8 (Walsingham Grange)
Leg 2 (1.45): 1 (Sam Spinner) & 2 (Mr Monochrome)
Leg 3 (2.15): 2 (Bladoun), 5 (Las Tunas) & 6 (Fieldsofsilk)
Leg 4 (2.45): 5 (Lough Salt), 8 (Forty Crown) & 9 (Brian Boranha)
Leg 5 (3.20): 3 (Treaty Girl) & 2 (Two Smokin Barrels)
Leg 6 (3.55): 3 (Lord Landen), 6 (Incholm) & 2 (Black Narcissus)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
1.15: Micky Hammond’s Wetherby (good to soft) winner ALLFREDANDNOBELL should be able to give upwards of seven pounds to these rivals, the pick of which might prove to be WALSINGHAM GRANGE ahead of The Otmoor Poet. There was plenty to like about the way that ALLFREDANDNOBELL won despite some sketchy jumping at times without which, the three length margin of victory (or close on) could have been greatly extended. The concession of weight does not take into the account the five pound claim of Finian O’Toole which offers additional confidence to the selection.
Favourite factor: All seven favourites have claimed toteplacepot positions via four gold and three silver medals.
1.45: Five-year-olds have won five of the seven renewals to date with SAM SPINNER being the lone vintage raider on this occasion. The weights and measures suggest that there should be much daylight between the top weight and Malcolm Jefferson’s MR MONOCHROME with none of the other horses in the field making any appeal.
Favourite factor: Six of the eight favourites have secured toteplacepot positions, statistics whilst include two (5/4 & 7/4) winners.
Record of the course winner in the second race:
2/2—Sam Spinner (good to soft & soft)
2.15: Trainer R Mike Smith had failed to saddle a winner since May before snaring a double at Ayr the other day and the trainer will be hoping that the heavens open for his triple heavy ground winner LAS TUNAS. Either way, the five-year-old has been well enough placed to be considered for a Placepot position, possibly alongside the likes of BLADOUN and FIELDSOFSILK.
Favourite factor: The inaugural 5/2 favourite finished last of the four finishers in a five runner (short field) contest before last year’s 10/3 market leader secured a silver medal alongside a Placepot position.
2.55: All seven winners have carried weights of 11-4 or less whereby I am concentrating on the bottom seven horses in the handicap at the overnight stage. Six-year-olds have snared three of the seven renewals and putting the stats and facts together produces a short list of LOUGH SALT, FORTY CROWN and BRIAN BORANHA, the three horses being listed in order of preference at the overnight stage.
Favourite factor: Three of the seven favourites have claimed toteplacepot positions (one 7/4 winner).
Record of the course winners in the fourth contest on the card:
1/1—Cooking Fat (soft)
1/1—Cracking Find (good to soft)
3.20: TWO SMOKIN BARRELS is asked to race off a 20 pound higher mark than before racking up a hat trick on behalf of the Scudamore team. The eight-year-old has not won by a wide margin in any of the three relevant contests, whereby connections of TREATY GIRL and (possibly) LA DAMA DE HIERRO will be hoping that they thwart the four timer.
Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Catterick card
Record of the course winner in the fifth event:
1/1—Actinpieces (goot to soft)
3.55: Fergal O’Brien has his team in fine form and there is every chance that LORD LANDEN can go close in the last leg of our favourite wager. Racing off a two pound lower mark than when last successful on soft ground at Cheltenham in December 2015, Conor Shoemark’s mount is the first name on the team sheet. Joining the twelve-year-old there are INCHOLM and BLACK NARCISSUS.
Favourite factor: Last year’s inaugural 4/1 joint favourtites filled the forecast positions.
Record of the course winners in the Placepot finale:
1/7—Dystonia’s Revenge (soft)
1/8—Foot The Bill (good to soft)
All place details offered on my pages relate to an 'exact science', whereby horses that finish third in 5/6/7 runner races (and other such scenarios) are not 'placed' regarding my statistics.
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Newbury card on Wednesday – followed by their five year ratio at the track + profits/losses accrued:
5 runners—Micky Hammond (5/118 – loss of 68 points)
3—Jennie Candlish (3/18 – Profit of 2 points)
2—Gemma Anderson (No runners)
2—George Bewley (2/19 – Profit of 26 points)
2—Michael Blake (No runners)
2—Alexander Dunn (0/1)
2—Sam England (2/5 – Profit of 6 points)
2—Chris Grant (1/57 – loss of 31 points)
2—Malcolm Jefferson (6/36 (Profit of 1 point)
2—Phil Kirby (3/47 (loss of 31 points)
2—Donald McCain (34/158 – loss of 16 points)
2—Pam Sly (3/10 – Profit of 6 points)
2—Sue Smith (21/90 – Profit of 60 points)
+ 28 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
58 declared runners
General overview - Corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:
Chepstow: £1,743.30 – 6 favourites – 1 winner – 1 placed – 4 unplaced
Lingfield: £38.30 – 9 favourites – 2 2 winners – 4 placed – 3 unplaced
Kempton: No corresponding meeting