BANGOR – MARCH 31
Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2015: £68.40 (6 favourites - 4 winners & 2 unplaced)
Thursday's Placepot permutation at Bangor:
Leg 1 (2.10): 1 (Belami Des Pictons), 3 (Boatswain) & 2 (Tjongejon)
Leg 2 (2.40): 2 (The Drinkymeister) & 5 (Market Option)
Leg 3 (3.15): 2 (Saint John Henry) & 5 (Weststreet)
Leg 4 (3.45): 5 (Tara Road), 5 (Supreme Asset) & 9 (Tiquer)
Leg 5 (4.20): 6 (Masquerade), 3 (Professeur Emery) & 2 (Cape Caster)
Leg 6 (4.50): 2 (Ballycash) & 6 (The Pierre Lark)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
2.10: BELAMI DES PICTORS will be suited by conditions and Venetia Williams must have been pleased with the debut victory on these shores at Warwick. That said, Trevor Hemmings (the owner) loves mopping up races in the north-west whereby the chance of BOATSWAIN is respected, whilst TJONGEJONGE completes the line-up. It might prove difficult to omit any of the three runners come sun up.
Favourite factor: Favourites have secured Placepot positions by snaring gold (6/4) and silver (1/2) medals.
2.40: Kim Bailey is turning out winners on a consistent basis just now, a fact which turns my attention to THE DRINKYMEISTER over MARKET OPTION and BEAUBOREEN at the time of writing. Unplaced in four steeplechase events to date, THE DRINKYMEISTER had previously snared a medal of each colour via six hurdle assignments. Kim seems to have found a winning opportunity for his seven-year-old raider and the trainer will have to consider returning his charge to the smaller obstacles if the Heron Island cannot master this opposition.
Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Bangor card
Bangor record of course winners in the second race:
3.15: David Pipe can do little wrong just now and the fact that he has declared his six-year-old inmate SAINT JOHN HENRY catches the additional eye, given that vintage representatives have won four of the last nine renewals of this contest. David's level stake profit in March stands at well over 50 points as we go into the last day of the month, with connections possibly having most to fear from the other six-year-old in the field WESTSTREET. If the pair of vintage representative fail to increase the 'edge' between them, LOWER HOPE DANDY will probably take most advantage.
Favourite factor: Five of the ten favourites have secured Placepot positions thus far, stats which include (the last) two successful market leaders from a win perspective. The previous seven favourites all failed to score.
Bangor record of course winners in the third event on the card:
2/2--Saint John Henry
3.45: Eight-year-olds have won both renewals thus far (7/2* & 10/3) and though this year's trio of vintage representatives all have question marks against their names, nothing else jumps off the page. This self confessed 'anorak' will adhere to his rules by naming TARA ROAD, SUPREME ASSET and TIQUER against the remaining six contenders. The trio is listed in order of preference.
Favourite factor: One of the two market leaders has claimed a Placepot position to date by winning its respective event.
Bangor record of course winners in the fourth contest:
4.20: If ever there was a 'blind dutching' edge to adopt, this race thrusts itself forward, given that Warren Greatrex has declared two runners, defending a 7/8 ratio at Bangor this season! With PROFESSEUR EMERY having his first race for the thick end of three months, I guess that the majority of people will want to reserve at least 75% of their total stake for stable companion and course and distance winner MASQUERADE, albeit Gavin Sheehan's mount has been off the track for sixteen months. If there is a joker in the pack to upset the party, CAPE CASTER is the likely culprit from my viewpoint.
Favourite factor: 3/1 chances have won both contests in 'short field' events in which favourites finished out of the frame. New readers might want to know that the term 'short field' relates to 5/6/7 runners races in which only the first two horses home 'qualify' for each way and Placepot positions.
Bangor record of course winners in the fifth race:
4.50: Five-year-olds have secured five of the last nine renewals, stats which include three of the last four contests, with vintage representatives coming to the gig on a hat trick this time around. BALLYCASH and DIAMOND ROCK are the preferred pair of three relevant entries. Donald McCain held three options earlier in the week having secured three of the last nine contests, stats which include two of the last three renewals. Donald has opted for his six-year-old raider THE PIERRE LARK.
Favourite factor: Five of the nine favourites have claimed Placepot positions, statistics which include four winners.
Bangor record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
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 Bangor card on Thursday:
4--Donald McCain (4/46 at Exeter this season)
4--Venetia Williams (3/18)
3--Rebecca Curtis (1/11)
3--Charlie Longsdon (2/15)
2--Warren Greatrex (7/8)
2--Kerry Lee (1/7)
2--Alan Jones (0/3)
2--Nigel Twiston-Davies (2/6)
2--Evan Williams (0/1)
+ 17 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
41 declared runners