Placepot Pointers

Placepot Pointers – Thursday 22nd February



Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:

2017: Meeting abandoned


Thursday's Placepot permutation at Huntingdon: 

Leg 1 (1.50): 4 (Sergio), 13 (Pheonix Rock) & 1 (Now Listen Here)

Leg 2 (2.20): 10 (World Premier) & 1 (Brecon Hill)

Leg 3 (2.55): 4 (Shining Romeo), 2 (Sir Egbert) & 8 (Marmont)

Leg 4 (3.30): 4 (Garde Forestier) & 3 (Doitforthevillage)

Leg 5 (4.05): 3 (Renes Girl), 2 (Desert Queen) & 1 (Antartica De Thaix)

Leg 6 (4.40): 7 (Must Havea Flutter) & 4 (Kincora Fort)

Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes


Overview for Thursday - please scroll down to the bottom of the page


1.50: Yet another Placepot dividend was landed yesterday whereby we go into today’s encounter full of confidence.  Six-year-olds have won five of the last six renewals and in offering a trio of vintage representatives we should be well on our way to landing another ‘Pot’, namely SERGIO, PHEONIX ROCK and NOW LISTEN HERE.  For the record, SERGIO would be the call if forced into a single nomination.  The alternative each way option is Taken By Force at a big price.

Favourite factor: Three favourites have prevailed this far at 11/4, 9/4 & 13/8, though only one of the other four market leaders additional claimed a Placepot position.

Record of the course winner in the opening event:

1/5—Phare Isle (good to soft)


2.20: Only a photo finish defeat stopped BRECON HILL from landing hat trick of wins last year via just three assignments whereby some overnight support is entirely justified from what we have witnessed thus far.  That said, it’s going to take a plethora of cash to usurp WORLD PREMIER as favourite for this event, whilst the declaration of AARDWOLF adds icing onto the cake.  The weight concession to AARDWOLF should bring Richard Johnson’s mount into the equation, though I still marginally prefer the penalised horses on this occasion.

Favourite factor: The inaugural 8/11 favourite found one too good from a win perspective when securing a Placepot position.

2.55: Six of the seven winners have carried a minimum burden of 11-1, whilst six-year-olds come to the gig on a hat trick. The vintage nomination is offered to SHINING ROMEO following overnight support on the exchanges, whilst SIR EGBERT and MARMONT (despite carrying sixteen ounces short of the ‘superior’ handicap mark) complete my trio against the field.

Favourite factor: Four of the seven market leaders have finished in the frame to date via an exact science, statistics which include three (11/4 & 9/4 twice) winners.

Record of the course winners in the third race:

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1/4—Shining Romeo (good)

1/2—Marmont (soft)


3.30: This is the second division of the previous race on the card, whereby the same stats apply. Wincanton winner GARDE FORESTIER is the lone six-year-old in the field, with connections probably having most to fear from DOITFORTHEVILLAGE.

Favourite factor: Four of the seven market leaders have finished in the frame to date via an exact science, statistics which include three (11/4 & 9/4 twice) winners.

Record of the course winners in the fourth contest on the card:

4/11—Occasionally Yours (4 x good)

1/1—hear The Chimes (soft)


4.05: Arguably the most difficult race on the Placepot card with marginal votes going to RENES GIRL, DESERT QUEEN and ANTARTICA DE THAIX, though I would not be interested in the race from a win perspective, even if you offered my money to bet with!

Favourite factor: The inaugural 1/2 market leader had to give best to the 5/2 second favourite from a win perspective when securing a Placepot position.

Record of the course winners in the fifth event:

1/1—Antartica De Thaix (soft)

1/2—Mariah’s Legend (good to soft)


4.40: The Placepot finale looks (hopefully) cut and dried with MUST HAVEA FLUTTER and KINCORA FORT having been declared to run.  The first named Dan Skelton raider looks to have a decent enough Placepot opportunity despite the seven pound rise for his Market Rasen victory on Sunday. KINCORA FORT represents a real threat however, and there may not be much daylight between the pair at the jamstick.

Record of the course winner in the Placepot finale:

1/1—King Spirit (soft)


Favourite factor: All four favourites have secured Placepot positions, stat which include three winners at 11/4, 13/8 & 4/7.


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 (two or more) on the Huntingdon card on Thursday – followed by their ratios at the track this season (in brackets) and their five year figures + profits/losses accrued on both counts:

5 runners—Dan Skelton (2/21 – loss of 11 points) – 18/113 – loss of 52

3—Ben Pauling (2/12 – loss of 7) – 10/46 +81

3—Evan Williams (First runners at Huntingdon this season) – 4/19 – loss of 1

2—David Bridgwater (0/4) – 3/21 +14

2—Jo David (2/5 +6) – 2/18 – loss of 6

2—Nigel Hawke (First runners at Huntingdon this season) – 0/3)

2—Nicky Henderson (7/16 – slight profit) – 30/91 – loss of 11

2—Paul Henderson (0/2) – 2/19 +5

2—Tom Lacey (0/1) – 2/7 +18

2—Graeme McPherson (0/7) – 2/38 – loss of 22

2—Gary Moore (2/19 – loss of 4) – 16/99 +6

2—Neil Mulholland (0/9) – 7/40 – loss of 15

2—Jonjo O’Neill (5/25 +3) – 29/155 +18

2—Denis Quinn (0/8) – 3/24 +8

2—Richard Rowe (First runners at Huntingdon this season) – 0/4

2—Oliver Sherwood (0/7) – 5/46 – loss of 16

2—Noel Williams (0/2) – 2/18 – loss of 5

+ 34 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card

73 declared runners


General overview - Corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:

Sedgefield: £132.90 – 6 favourites – 2 winners – 1 placed – 3 unplaced

Chelmsford: £37.70 – 6 favourites – 1 winner – 1 placed – 4 unplaced




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