Placepot pointers – Thursday June 2



Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:

2015: £619.40 (7 favourites: 2 winners - 1 placed - 4 unplaced)


Thursday's Placepot permutation at Hamilton: 

Leg 1 (2.00): 3 (Bourbonisto) & 2 (Merry Banter)

Leg 2 (2.30): 8 (Little Belter), 2 (See Vermont) & 3 (Groundworker)

Leg 3 (3.00): 3 (Birkdale) & 5 (Take Charge)

Leg 4 (3.30): 2 (Red Charmer), 3 (Ingleby Spring) & 1 (British Embassy)

Leg 5 (4.00): 5 (All You) & 1 (Muhaafiz)

Leg 6 (4.30): 5 (Star Cracker), 2 (Salvatore Fury) & 4 (Keene's Pointe)

Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes


2.00: BOURBONISTO ran well at his first day at school before taking on some tough opposition here at Hamilton last time out.  Ben Haslam has found a decent opportunity for the Stimulation raider to score at the third time of asking.  MERRY BANTER is preferred to HAROME as the main danger, with Mark Johnston's La Casa Tarifa failing to impress at Carlisle.

Favourite factor: This is a new race at Hamilton with which to open proceedings.

2.30: Keith Dalgleish saddled a couple of winners on Saturday and LITTLE BELTER could reward each way and Placepot players alike here in preference to stable companion Chookie's Lass.  That said, Clifford Lee's seven pound claim could aid and abet the latter named raider to become competitive at the business end of the contest.  SEE VERMONT and GROUNDWORKER are more logical dangers from a win perspective however.

Favourite factor: Both (6/4 and 9/4) favourites have been beaten to date, gaining just the one Placepot position between them.

Record of course winners in the second race on the card:

1/3—Under Approval (good to soft)

3.00: Three-year-olds tend to dominate these mixed vintage races and that is he case here, albeit after only two renewals.  BIRKDALE should get the better of TAKE CHARGE who looks a little exposed by comparison to the selection, especially as David O'Meara's Elnadim gelding showed plenty of ability via just two runs as a juvenile.  A year has almost passed since Graham Lee's mount saw a racecourse but BIRKDALE can make up for lost time in this grade/company.

Favourite factor: Both (15/8 & 4/5) market leaders have claimed Placepot positions without winning their respective events.

3.30: Horses carrying 8-13 or more have claimed five of the six available Placepot positions thus far and RED CHARMER makes most appeal from the four relevant 'qualifiers' via the weight trend on this occasion.  Ann Duffield's runners are going well just now, even if many of them are not winning but from a Placepot point of view, that latter point is not usually relevant.  INGLEBY SPRING drops into the 'inferior' sector of the handicap via a jockey claim, though Richard Fahey's representative cannot be left out of the overnight mix, arguably alongside BRITISH EMBASSY.

Favourite factor: Two of the three market leaders have secured Placepot positions via just the two contests thus far, statistics which include both winners at 5/2 & 13/2 joint favourite.

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

2/5—Red Charmer (2 x good to firm)

5/19—I’m Super Too (3 x good, 1 x good firm & 1 x good to soft)

1/6—Incurs Four Faults (good)

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4.00: Four-year-olds have won both renewals thus far and ALL YOU appears to have a first rate chance of extending the good run on behalf of the vintage.  Beverley is not the easiest of tracks to ride, with Philip Makin having been 'caught out' from my perspective last weekend when almost being too confident of David O'Meara's raider scoring when things became 'tight' at the furlong marker.  Even the course commentator was oblivious to the 'traffic problems' endured by ALL YOU was only mentioned as the runners flashed past the post with the four-year-old beaten by just half a length. Fellow vintage raiders MUHAAFIZ and BELLE TRAVERS are nominated as the main threats this time around.

Favourite factor: Both favourites have finished out with the washing to date.

Record of course winners in the fifth race on the card:

2/7—Archie’s Advice (Goof to soft & soft)

1/3—Archipeligo (good)

1/22—Tectonic (good to firm)

4.30: There will be worse each way chances on the card than STAR CRACKER, with Jim Goldie's raider being one of four stable companions having been declared at Hamilton on Thursday.  Jim's record at the track this year stands at 2/8, a ratio which has produced eleven points of level stake profits this term.  Jim saddles plenty of runners north of the border as the world and his dog knows, but few can be entirely dismissed and STAR CRACKER is one such entry.  Connections will probably fear SALVATORE FURY and KEENE'S POINT more than most.

Favourite factor: One of the two favourites has finished in the money without snaring the main prize.

Record of course winners in the Placepot finale:

2/15—Salvatore Fury (good & good to firm)

3/9—Gold Beau (2 x good to firm & good)

1/3—Pabusar (good)


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 Hamilton card on Thursday:

9--Keith Dalgleish (42/285 at Hamilton during the last five years and then this season: 4/16)

4--Richard Fahey (23/191 - 1/12)

4--Jim Goldie (19/190 - 2/8)

4--David O'Meara (16/84 - 1/3)

4--Linda Perratt (9/271 - 0/8)

3--Iain Jardine (7/41 - 1/5)

3--David Loughnane (1/4 - 1/4)

2--David Brown (7/25 - 2/8)

2--Ruth Carr (8/56 - 1/7)

2--Ann Duffield (13/89 - 0/3)

2--Les Eyre (1/9 - No runners this season)

2--Marjorie Fife (7/37 - 0/3)

2--Shaun Harris (1/33 - No runners)

2--Paul Midgley (6/40 - 0/2)

2--Kristin Stubbs (6/27 - 0/5)

2--Karen Tutty (4/15 - 0/1)

+ 11 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card

60 declared runners


General overview: 

Corresponding Placepot dividends:

Ffos Las (N/H): £37.70 (7 favourites - 1 winner - 3 placed - 3 unplaced)

Kempton A/W: £38.40 (6 favourites - 1 winner 4 placed - 1 unplaced)

Lingfield (Turf): £1,019.20 (7 favourites - 2 winners - 1 placed - 4 unplaced)


Hamilton overview: 

Records of represented trainers in juvenile events (2.00) with five-year-stats at Hamilton followed by 2016 ratios:

0/1--David Loughnane (Harome) - 0/1

0/2--Paul Midgley (Merry Banter) - No two-year-old runners at Hamilton yet this season

0/3--Ben Haslam (Bourbonisto) - 0/1

7/45--Keith Dalgleish (Inglorious & Neigh Kid) - 1/1

No two-year-old runners in the past for Shaun Harris (Miss Island Ruler)

13/51--Mark Johnston (La Casa Tarifa) - 0/2





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