HUNTINGDON – FEBRUARY 23
Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2016: £21.90 (6 favourites: 2 winners – 2 placed – 2 unplaced)
Thursday's Placepot permutation at Huntingdon:
Leg 1 (1.30): 9 (Arden Denis), 2 (Overawed) & 8 (Double Court)
Leg 2 (2.00): 3 (Sir Anthony Browne) & 13 (Walsingham Grange)
Leg 3 (2.35): 2 (Listen To The Man), 4 (Lady Longshot) & 3 (Solstalla)
Leg 4 (3.10): 2 (Actinpieces) & 1 (Desert Queen)
Leg 5 (3.45): 3 (King Of Glory), 1 (Morning Reggie) & 2 (Lemon’s Gent)
Leg 6 (4.20): 4 (Chato) & 1 (Bite The Biscuit)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
Overview for Thursday - please scroll down to the bottom of the page
1.30: ARDEN DENIS would have been the choice anyway, but Neil Mulhollands’ recent ratio of 6/19 (yielding four points of level stake profit) puts the rubber stamp on the first name on the team sheet. Tom George almost matches Neil’s recent haul having saddled just one more runner for the same number of winners, though Tom’s six winners have produced an even better haul of twelve points as far as profiteering is concerned. Tom has offered the (each way) green light to OVERAWED, whilst I also respect the Placepot chance of DOUBLE COURT.
Favourite factor: This is a new race with which to open proceedings at Huntingdon.
Record of the course winner in the opening event:
1/1—Galatic Power (good)
2.00: SIR ANTHONY BROWNE offers more potential improvement to the other runners from my viewpoint, whereby Alan King’s raider is expected to follow up his recent Wincanton victory under heavy conditions. The trade press suggests that there will only be light rain in and around the Huntingdon area today but from what I can determine via satellite pictures at four o’clock this morning, the wet stuff is already in evidence which is good news for supports of my selection and that of WALSINGHAM GRANGE I’ll wager. This pair are preferred to Glaring and Crievehall.
Favourite factor: The inaugural 8/11 favourite found one too good despite claiming a Placepot position.
Record of the course winner in the second race:
1/1—Glaring (good to soft)
2.35: Dan Skelton is the only represented trainer to have saddled winners of late (plenty of them) whereby that fact alone suggests that his raider LISTEN TO THE MAN is given a chance to atone for his recent ‘beaten favourite’ tag. I’m not going to ‘cover up’ his previous defeat at odds of 1/9 either but any semblance of a repeat of last year’s form which make up for those disappointments in this grade/company. LADY LONGSHOT and SOLSTALLA are added into the mix in fear that the race becomes a ‘win only’ event via a withdrawal.
Favourite factor: Last year’s inaugural 9/4 favourite finished last of the seven runners who all completed the course
3.10: A winner of five of her last dozen assignments, ACTINPIECES is a really consistent mare who enjoys moisture in the ground and with Pam Sly having won with three of her last six runners, the six-year-old (youngest runner in the field) is expected go very close at around the 9/2 mark. That said, I accept that the dual ‘Listed’ winner DESERT QUEEN deserves the favourite tag.
Favourite factor: Last year’s inaugural 1/2 favourite was beaten by a neck with the third horse finishing 16 lengths adrift in a ‘short field’ contest. New readers might want to know that the term ‘short field’ relates to races for 5/6/7 runners in which only the first two horses qualify for each way/Placepot positions.
Record of the course winner in the fourth event:
3.45: All four winners have carried a minimum burden of 11-6, whilst eight of the nine horses to have secured Placepot positions have carried 11-5 or more. KING OF GLORY would benefit from every drop of rain that falls in John Major’s old constituency, with showers predicted to have returned to the course mid-way through the afternoon. MORNING REGGIE was withdrawn from a race the other day from the other end of the handicap which makes for interesting reading, whilst LEMON’S GENT can rarely be overlooked at this this level.
Favourite factor: The four favourites to date have secured three gold medals and one of the silver variety.
4.20: CHATO was highly tried at Ascot recently having been turned over at odds of 1/3 on his previous start. I’m a little surprised that Alan King didn’t go hurdling with his five-year-old immediately after his short price reversal but the trainer had sought out a decent opportunity at the first time of asking over timber. JUST BEFORE DAWN is an interesting declaration with an eye to the future, though BITE THE BISCUIT should have the edge on fitness in terms of laying down some sort of challenge to the selection at the business end of proceedings.
Favourite factor: One of the two market leaders claimed a Placepot position thus far by winning its respective event at 6/5.
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 Huntingdon card on Thursday – followed by their ratios at the track this season + profits/losses accrued:
3—Tom George (2/2 – Profit of 5 points)
3—Paul Nicholls (1/4 – Profit of 3 points)
3—Jonjo O’Neill (3/20 – loss of 5 points)
3—Dan Skelton (1/13 – loss of 10 points)
3—Nigel Twiston-Davies (3/15 – loss of 4 points)
3—Paul Webber (1/4 – Profit of 4 points)
2—Kim Bailey (2/18 – loss of 9 points)
2—Martin Bosley (No previous runners this season)
2—Robin Dickin (No previous runners this season)
2—Claire Dyson (0/7)
2—Harry Fry (0/2)
2—Philip Hobbs (0/7)
2—Alan King (4/18 – Loss of 1 point)
2—Neil King (0/5)
2—Tom Lacey (1/3 – Profit of 14 points)
2—David Loughnane (No previous runners this season)
2—Neil Mulholland (3/11 – Profit of 6 points)
2—Richard Phillips (1/7 – loss of 1 point)
2—Pam Sly (0/1)
2—Oliver Sherwood (0/7)
2—Jamie Snowden (2/7 – Profit of 2 points)
+ 34 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
82 declared runners
General overview - Corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:
Sedgefield: £8.60 – 6 favourites – 4 winners – 1 placed – 1 unplaced
Chelmsford: £32.50 – 7 favourites – 4 winners & 3 unplaced
Wolverhampton: £543.60 – 7 favourites – 2 winners – 1 placed – 4 unplaced