Placepot pointers – Wednesday August 24



Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:

2015: £68.30 (6 favourites - 2 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced)


Wednesday's Placepot permutation at Catterick: 

Leg 1 (1.50): 4 (Fields Of Song), 10 (Volto Do Mar) & 1 (Kyllang Rock)

Leg 2 (2.20): 7 (Soundstrings) & 3 (Al Hawraa)

Leg 3 (2.50): 4 (Stoneham) & 2 (Arthurs Secret)

Leg 4 (3.20): 3 (Brilliant Vanguard), 9 (Hijran) & 8 (Baby Ballerina)

Leg 5 (3.50): 2 (Bold Spirit), 5 (Kyllach Me) & 6 (Goadby)

Leg 6 (4.20): 2 (Julia Dream) & 5 (Wotabreeze)

Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes


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


1.50: Any trainer who can record a 33.3% strike via 66 juveniles runners during a five year period is worth his weight in gold in the two-year-old sector, with Richard Fahey able to boast that claim at Catterick in recent times.  Richard saddles VOLTA DO MAR on this occasion, with James Tate having declared KYLLANG ROCK, the trainer having saddled two of the four juveniles to winning effect that he has run here during the study period.  Kevin Ryan has saddled two winners from three runners this week (Monday onward) whereby the chance of FIELDS OF SONG is very much respected.

Favourite factor: This is the first of two new races on the Placepot card..

2.20: William Haggas has won with four of his last five runners here at Catterick and SOUNDSTRINGS is the first of two declarations on the card.  With Jazz Cat being withdrawn, AL HAWRAA is expected to offer most resistance at the business end of proceedings, albeit SOUNDSTRINGS is very much the call.

Favourite factor: The second of the two new events at Catterick on Wednesday

2.50: Eight of the 11 winners have been burdened with a minimum weight of 9-7 whereby STONEHAM and ARTHURS SECRET should claim a toteplacepot position or two between them, the duo being listed in marginal order of preference.  This pair represent two in form trainers, namely Iain Jardine and John Quinn respectively.  The overnight reserve nomination is awarded to last year's winner DI'S GIFT.  The Shaun Harris raider has a tougher assignment twelve months on from my viewpoint.

Favourite factor: Four favourites have won since the inaugural running back in 2005 during which time, a top priced winner of 11/2 emerged.  Seven of the twelve favourites have claimed toteplacepot positions.

Record of course winners in the third contest:

1/3--Di's Gift (good to soft)

1/4--Silver Shuffle (good)

1/7--Midnight Warrior (good)

3.20: Ten of the last eleven gold medallists have carried weights of 9-3 or less, albeit I might bend the rules a little here with BRILLIANT VANGARD who sits 32 ounces the wrong side of the weight barrier.  Kevin Ryan's raider has been contesting higher grade races, having been beaten less than four lengths at Class 3 level last time out. Moving back to the 'trend qualifiers', HIJRAN and course and distance winner BABY BALLERINA make most appeal.

Favourite factor: Successful market leaders had only been conspicuous by their absence via 10 contests during the previous 12 years, before the 7/4 favourite prevailed two years ago.  That said, six of the last eight favourites have secured toteplacepot positions.  From a win perspective however, last year's market leader joined the massed ranks of the beaten favourites.

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

2/5--Baby Ballerina (good to firm & good to soft)

3.50: John Holt's course and distance winner GOADBY was the beaten favourite in this event twelve months ago and I fancy that Graham Gibbions will manufacture a Placepot position aboard the five-year-old, albeit the Kodiac mare might still struggle to snare gold.  Declan Carroll saddled last year's inaugural winner and course and distance winner BOLD SPIRIT could score for the stable, with connections possibly having most to fear from KYLLACH ME.

Favourite factor: Last year's inaugural 11/4 favourite missed out on a Placepot position by finishing fourth in a ten runner event.  The frame was filled by horses which were returned at 10/1-8/1-13/2.

Record of course winners in the fifth race:

1/7--Bold Spirit (soft)

1/8--Goadby (good to firm)

1/10--Indego Blues (good)

4.20: JULIA DREAM is the other William Haggas runner on the card (see 2.20 content) with definite claims to extend the trainer's great run of recent success at the venue in recent years.  WOTABREEZE looks a danger and no mistake, especially with the impressive Adam McNamara using his five pound claim to such great effect this summer.

Favourite factor: Two of the three market leaders thus far have secured Placepot positions by winning their respective events.

Record of the course winner n the Placepot finale:

1/1--Wotabreeze (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 Catterick card on Wednesday:

4--Michael Appleby (3/14 at Catterick this season - winners at 9/1-8/1-3/1)

3--Paul Cole (2/2 - winners at 11/4 & 9/4*)

3--Ann Duffield (2/19 - winners at 13/2 & 6/1)

3--Brian Ellison (3/17 - winners at 4/1-11/4*-5/2**)

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3--John Quinn (6/24 - winners at 9/2-7/2-9/4*-2/1-6/4*-6/4*)

3--Kevin Ryan (2/21 - winners at 10/1 & 6/1)

2--Ruth Carr (2/16 - winners at 4/1 & 3/1)

2--Tim Easterby (2/29 - winners at 5/1** & 15/8)

2--Les Eyre (0/6)

2--Marjorie Fife (1/21 - winner at 6/1)

2--William Haggas (1/1 - winner at 1/4*)

2--Sean Harris (0/5)

2--Patrick Morris (0/2)

2--David Nicholls (3/18 - winners at 9/1-9/2-2/1*)

2--James Tate (1/1 - winner at 10/11*)

2--Martin Todhunter (0/1)

2--Tracy Waggott (0/12)

+ 23 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card

64 declared runners


General overview - corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:

Lingfield: £802.40 - 6 favourites - 1 winner & 5 unplaced (was an A/W meeting last year - now on turf)

Musselburgh: £6.30 - 6 favourites - 2 winners & 4 placed

Kempton A/W: £17.60 - 6 favourites - 2 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced

Stratford: £2,047.10 - 6 favourites - 3 winners & 3 unplaced


Catterick overview - 5 year juvenile record of represented trainers in the relevant event at 1.50:

2/4--James Tate (Kyllang Rock)

4/39--John Quinn (The Nazca Lines)

4/57--Tim Easterby (Ventura Street)

7/30--Kevin Ryan (Fields Of Song)

0/2--Ruth Carr (Best Away)

3/54--Ann Duffield (A Bit Of Ginger)

1/3--Michael Appleby (Amathyst)

0/9--Michael Dods (Hot Hannah)

2/15--Tony Coyle (Newgate Sioux)

22/66--Richard Fahey (Volta Do Mar)














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