Placepot Pointers

Placepot pointers – Wednesday 27th January


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Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:

2015: £75.60 (7 favourites: 4 winners & 3 unplaced)
1.20: GOLDEN INVESTMENT has started as favourite on all three starts to date and having won on his debut, Donald McCain's seven-year-old Gold Well gelding could improve his ratio to 50% in the opening contest.  Donald is to be congratulated for finding another decent opportunity for connections, with seemingly only VINCIAETTIS and POINT THE WAY blocking his path.  That said, VINCIAETTIS has plenty of scope for improvement, notwithstanding the fact that the five-year-old Enrique gelding defends an unbeaten (2/2) record coming into the contest. 
Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Catterick card with which to open proceedings.
1.50: OVER AND ABOVE comes into the contest on a hat trick having won the last two renewals off official marks of 70 & 74 at odds of 14/1 & 17/2.   Racing off 89 is obviously going to make things a lot tougher for Henry Hogarth's raider, albeit a three pound claimer offsets some of the negativity surrounding the ten-year-old.  Talking of ages, nine-year-olds have won four of the last five contests and with three of the 10 declarations representing the vintage this time around, DEBT TO SOCIETY, AULDTHUNDER and ADMIRAL BLAKE could extend the positive ratio between them.
Favourite factor: Four of the nine market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions, statistics which include one successful (joint) favourite.  Ballabriggs won this event in 2010, the year before Donald McCain’s raider went on to secured Grand National glory at Aintree.  
Catterick record of course winners in the second event on the card:
2/5--Over And Above (Dual C&D winner)
2/6--Cara Court
2.25: Six, seven and eight-year-olds have won seven of the eight renewals contested during the last decade between them, via less than 58% of the total number of runners (55/95).  Unfortunately just one six-year-old has been entered via the three vintages this time around, though if six-year-old POULANASSY maintains his unbeaten record here at Catterick on Tuesday, it will not be deemed as unfortunate if the Evan Williams raider prevails. Potential 'spoilers' include TOMKEVI and FOREST BIHAN.  
Favourite factor: Five of the 10 favourites have finished in the (exact science) frame, statistics which include one (7/2**) successful favourite from a win perspective.
Catterick record of course winners in the third contest:
3.00: OUT SAM is the potential star on parade on Tuesday and it's worth recalling that the Warren Greatrex representative was 'only' a 14/1 chance in the 'Albert Bartlett' at the Cheltenham Festival 10 months ago. Warren's seven-year-old was third on his chasing debut in a warm Grade 2 event at Ascot whereby this Class 4 contest looks there for the taking.  Similarly, MAJOR IVAN appears to be the logical forecast call. 
Favourite factor: Last year's inaugural 8/11 favourite was bowling along in front and still going well when unseating the pilot at the last fence down the far side before turning for home.
3.35: Seven-year-olds have won three of the four renewals thus far, with a lone vintage representative securing the silver medal on the other occasion.  With all four gold medallists having carried 11-2 or more to date, ONLY ORSENFOOLSIES ticks both boxes via the three vintage raiders on this occasion.  Micky Hammond's Trade Fair raider is a course winner for good measure and accordingly, ONLY ORSENFOOLSIES is the first name on the team sheet.  NAUTICAL TWILIGHT and STAR PRESENTER appear to be the main dangers.  
Favourite factor: Both favourites had finished out of the money before the last two market leaders prevailed at 7/4 & 5/2. 
Catterick record of course winners in the fifth contest:
1/1--Aye Well
1/2--Only Orsenfoolsies
1/2--Nautical Twilight (C&D winner)
1/5--Uno Valeroso (C&D winner)
1/1--Star Presenter (C&D winner)
4.05: Seven-year-olds have secured five of the nine available toteplacepot positions, statistics which include all three (12/1-7/2*-9/4*) winners to date.  Just one trainer is live to the 'edge' on this occasion, though unfortunately Laura Young's relevant entry SHIVSINGH is not the most obvious winner in the field at the overnight stage.  If (as seems likely) the vintage is to be denied on this occasion, GUNNER LINDLAY, DYE OF A NEEDLE and ASTRUM are considered the potential jokers in the pack.  Like stable companion earlier on the card, Henry Hogarth's DENY has been declared to defend his crown off a far higher mark 12 months on, a hike of 11 spots (pounds) in this instance.  
Favourite factor: The inaugural 9/2 favourite was brought down by the only faller in the contest at the first flight four years ago.  The 2013 meeting was abandoned when we were all trapped in our homes via snowdrifts before the last two market leaders obliged.
Catterick record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
1/1--Notebook (C&D winner)
1/1--Deny (C&D winner)
All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Catterick card on Wednesday:  
3--Micky Hammond
3--Donald McCain
3--Rebecca Menzies
2--Stuart Coltherd
2--Brian Ellison
2--Richard Ford
2--Joanne Foster
2--Warren Greatrex
2--Henry Hogarth
2--Malcolm Jefferson
2--Mark Walford
2--Simon Waugh
2--Evan Williams
2--Laura Young
1--Harriet Bethell
1--George Bewley
1--Rose Dobbin
1--Richard Drake
1--Chris Grant
1--Ben Haslam
1--Kenny Johnson
1--George Moore
1--John Norton
1--Sally Randall
1--Martin Smith
1--Tracy Waggott
1--Christopher Wilson
44 declared runners
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