Placepot pointers – Thursday June 23



Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:

2015: £69.00 (7 favourites: 1 winner - 3 placed - 3 unplaced)


Thursday's Placepot permutation at Newbury: 

Leg 1 (5.35): 9 (Kitaaby), 14 (Invigorate) & 7 (Unnoticed)

Leg 2 (6.10): 1 (Urban Fox), 4 (Perfect Angel) & 2 (Stop The Wages)

Leg 3 (6.40): 8 (Naifah)

Leg 4 (7.15): 6 (Buckland Beau), 12 (Prosecute) & 11 (Cosmeapolitan)

Leg 5 (7.45): 9 (Roccor) & 5 (Kuantan)

Leg 6 (8.15): 2 (Racing Angel), 1 (Flying Bear) & 4 (Equistar)

Suggested stake: 162 bets to 10p stakes


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


5.35: With just three winners to his name via eighty runners this season at the time of writing, Brian Meehan is enduring a torrid season but the trainer has a few chances on this card to get back into the winning groove, potentially with KITAABY in the opening event.  Brian's Acclamation gelding only has three miles on his racing clock via five assignments, having gone close to winning twice here at Newbury in the past.  Brian has not saddled more winners (12 in total) at any other turf track during the last five years (same record at Bath) and I hope the trainer has cause for further celebrations at the Berkshire venue on Thursday.  Connections might have most to fear from INVIGORATE and UNNOTICED.

Favourite factor: This is the first of four (successive) new races on the Newbury card.

6.10: Three of James Tate's last seven runners have won and with his raider URBAN FOX having scored at the first time of asking at Yarmouth over this trip (albeit on better ground), Martin Harley's mount can go in again in another juvenile event restricted to fillies.  Beaten favourite BIOLOGIST lost whatever chance she had at the start at Yarmouth, whereby a watching brief is held on this occasion.  I prefer the likes of PERFECT ANGEL and STOP THE WAGES as dangers to the selection accordingly.

6.40: John Gosden's Kodiac filly NAIFAH is given a chance to go one better than on the last occasion when finding one to good for her over a slightly shorter trip at Doncaster on her second start. This additional half furlong could make all the difference and I expect NAIFAH to score on her third start, at the main expense of TEXAS KATIE and INTISHA.

7.15: Charlie Fellowes in another in form trainer with a runner on the card, the trainer having greeted four of his last eight runners in the enclosure reserved for winners.  BUCKLAND BEAU is more of an all weather performer these days having scored on four occasions away from turf.  That said, Charlie's Rock Of Gibraltar gelding has finished 'in the three' four times via ten turf assignments and the five-year-old might break his duck in this grade company. PROSECUTE and COSMEAPOLITAN look dangerous rivals down towards the foot of the handicap however.

Record of course winners in the fourth event:

1/1--Smaith (soft)

1/5--Starwatcher (good to soft)

1/4--Cricklewood Green (1/4)

7.45: Five of the six winners have carried weights between nine stones and 9-6 which eliminates the top two horses in the handicap this time around.  RIchard Hannon comes into the contest on a hat trick and the popular trainer has declared both ZABDI (Pat Dobbs) and ROCCOR (Tom Marquand).  Niether horse jumps off the page however, whereby I am duty bound to also offer up KUANTAN and The Queen's representative BONHOMIE for consideration over your favourite late night tipple/early morning beverage.

Favourite factor: Only one of the six favourites (the 2014 winner at 9/4) has finished in the frame thus far.

8.20: 24 of the 30 horses to claim toteplacepot positions thus far have carried weights of 9-2 or more (including six of the ten winners) whereby RACING ANGEL, FLYING BEAR and EQUISTAR will do for me against the field in the toteplacepot finale.  Four-year-olds have won five of the ten events thus far with RACING ANGEL included in their number on this occasion.

Favourite factor: Four of the ten market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions to date (one winner).

Draw factor (five furlongs):

9-2-3 (9 ran-good to firm)

9-4-7 (12 ran--good)

2-3-1 (10 ran-good to firm)

7-12-11 (12 ran-good to soft)

4-7-9 (8 ran-good)

3-14-9 (8 ran-good to firm)

2-11-4 (12 ran-good to firm)

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7-11-3 (14 ran--good to firm)

6-5-8 (10 ran-soft)

2-10-6 (10 ran-good)

Record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:

1/1--Flying Bear (good to firm)


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 Thursday:

5--Richard Hannon (3/16 at Newbury this season - winners at 20/1-7/1-3/1)

4--Michael Bell (0/4)

4--Sylvester Kirk (0/7)

3--Michael Attwater (0/1)

3--Andrew Balding (0/10)

3--John Bridger (0/1)

3--Mick Channon (0/8)

3--Eve Johnson Houghton (0/1)

3--Brian Meehan (1/7 - winner at 20/1)

3--Jonathan Portman (0/3)

2--George Baker (0/6)

2--John Best (0/2)

2--Tony Carroll (0/1)

2--Harry Dunlop (0/2)

2--Jeremy Gask (---)

2--Ron Hodges (---)

2--Roger Ingram (---)

2--Stan Moore (---)

2--Willie Musson (---)

2--Pat Phelan (---)

+ 30 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card

84 declared runners


General overview - Corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:

Hamilton: £61.40 - 6 favourites - 2 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced

Nottingham: £244.40 - 6 favourites - 1 winner - 2 placed - 3 unplaced

Newcastle (was turf - now A/W): £24.10 - 7 favourites - 4 winners - 1 placed - 2 unplaced

Newmarket: £44.30 - 6 favourites - 1 winner - 2 placed - 3 unplaced


Newbury overview - relating to Thursday juvenile events:

Five year juvenile record of represented trainers at Newbury in the relevant two-year-old contests at 6.10 & 6.40:


James Tate (Urban Fox) - 1/7

Brian Meehan (Stop The Wages) - 5/69

William Haggas (Biologist) - 7/44

Andrew Balding (Perfect Angel) - 3/40

Michael Bell (Three Duchesses) - 1/16

Joseph Tuite (Warba) - 0/8

Hughie Morrison (Affair) - 1/29

Mark Usher (All About Pace) - 1/14

Pat Pehlan (Brexit) - 0/2

Stan Moore (Cautious Choice) - 0/20

John Bridger (Crystal Secret) - 0/1

Richard Hannon (Fanfair) - 14/120

Eve Johnston Houghton (Funky Footsteps) - 1/27


Michael Bell (Dancing Elegance) - 1/16

Brian Meehan (Darwasi) - 5/69

Harry Dunlop (Emmie) - 2/11

Richard Hannon (Fleeting Motion & Varun's Bride) - 14/120

Jonathan Portman (Intishma) - 3/28

George Baker (Jasminecita) - 0/27

Ron Hodges (Met By Moonlight) - No runners

John Gosden (Naifah) - 7/35

Mick Channon (Texas Katie) - 7/90






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