Placepot Pointers

Placepot pointers – Tuesday 23rd February



Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:

2015: £1,386.90 (6 favourite: 1 winner--3 placed--2 unplaced)


2.00: OSCAR JANE seems to have a lot going for her, especially with heavy ground in place which she overcame with aplomb when winning her third race via the last five assignments here at Taunton earlier in the month.  A dual course and distance winner now from four efforts at the track, Johnny Farrelly's nine year-old is the 'elder statesperson' on this occasion but a mare in form is worth half a stone at times and against other mares here, she is the first name on the team sheet ahead of SHOOFLY MILLY.

Favourite factor: Last year's inaugural 5/2 favourite duly obliged.

Taunton record of course winners in the opening event:

2/4--Oscar Jane (Dual C&D winner)



2.30: Six and seven-year-olds have (equally) shared four of the five renewals thus far.  KNIGHT'S REWARD is the lone six-year-old in the field and the 'junior' raider might take care of the preferred pair of the trio of seven-year-olds, namely ALLCHILLEDOUT and DRUMMOND.  If the vintage stats are to be breached on this occasion, DRIVE ON LOCKY (stable companion of Oscar Jane in the opening event) might prove to be the joker in the pack.

Favourite factor: Three of the five market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions, statistics which include (9/4 & 6/4) two winners.

Taunton record of course winners in the second contest on the card:

1/14--Sun Quest (C&D winner)



3.05: THE BROCK AGAIN is the first of four Paul Nicholls representatives on the card and is one of two top weighted handicap runners for the champion trainer.  Paul has only trained more winners at Wincanton and Cheltenham (respectively) during the last five years than he has saddled here at Taunton (45 in total) and THE BROCK AGAIN could go one better than when finishing second under similar conditions at Wincanton last time out.  Colin Tizzard's recent course winner SONNY THE ONE is the obvious danger.  Fencing newcomer STORMING STRUMPET would also be a live threat if taking to the larger obstacles.

Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Taunton card.

Taunton record of course winners in the third race:

1/4--Sonny The One




3.40: A Paul Nicholls raider (ANTARTICA DE THAIX) is likely to have to play second fiddle to ROBINESSE, given that the latest form line of the latter named Oliver Sherwood raider was well and truly franked in a Grade 2 event at Sandown on Friday.  Having run Jessber's Dream to a length and a spit at Exeter under these conditions last time out, ROBINESSE will surely take the beating on Tuesday.

Favourite factor: The inaugural 30/100 favourite duly landed the odds, before last year's 1/2 market leader could only finish second, albeit securing a toteplacepot position in the process.



4.10: Five-year-olds have won three of the five contests thus far and QUALANDO (Paul Nicholls is usually live to these trends) is the only vintage representative this time around. The winner of the 'Fred Winter' at the Cheltenham Festival last year, Paul's Lando gelding is due to be ridden by a seven pound claimer who has 14 wins to his name whereby the claim could make the difference between victory and defeat.  Two horses down the weights appeal as the biggest threats, namely COBRA DE MAI and ROYAL VACATION.

Favourite factor: Two of the six market leaders have finished in the frame (one winner) via five renewals to date.

Taunton record of course winners in the fifth event:

1/4--Sea Wall (C&D winner)

3/9--Tornado In Milan (C&D winner)


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4.45: As suggested several times down the years, Hunter Chase races offer some of the best stats relating to winning favourites under either code of our favourite sport.  Fancied horses expected to run well on this occasion include THE WHEALERDEALER, DELTA BORGET and SWALLOWS DELIGHT.

Favourite factor: The toteplacepot finale is another new race on the Taunton programme.



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Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Taunton card on Tuesday:

5--Colin Tizzard

4--Paul Nicholls

3--Johnny Farrelly

3--Tim Vaughan

3--Evan Williams

2--Alexandra Dunn

2--Sue Gardner

2--Tom George

2--Chris Gordon

2--Paul Henderson

2--Richard Phillips

2--Andrew Quick

2--Richard Woollacott

1--I Chanon

1--Roderick Chelton

1--Miss Beth Childs

1--Vic Dartnall

1--Steven Dixon

1--Nikki Evans

1--Harry Fry

1--Mrs L Glanville

1--Polly Gundry

1--Gail Heywood

1--L Jefford

1--Mrs Julie Mansell

1--Miss Kelly Morgan

1--Seamus Mullins

1--Miss V J Nicholls

1--Sally Randall

1--Mrs E Scott

1--Jeremy Scott

1--Oliver Sherwood

1--Dan Skelton

1--Katie Stephens

1--Miss Hannah Taylor

1--Sam Thomas

1--Venetia Williams

1--Laura Young

59 declared runners


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