Ripon Placepot Picks, 19th May 2013
Frustrating yesterday, as I banked on Cityscape against the favourite, and whilst getting the fav beaten Cityscape ran like he was injured, and apparently wouldn't let himself down on the ground. Pity, as the hard work was done elsewhere and the 'pot paid over £200.
Ripon today, and it's tough, though my first big placepot win was at this track and it retains a warm place in my heart.
Leg 1: 2.10 - Softer ground and an extra furlong should be in Earl's Bridge's favour, representing last year's winning trainer. Mr Carbonfootprint is from a stable which does very well with first time out juveniles and, with three places to go at, I'll take these two against the unraced favourite.
A - 2 (Earl's Bridge), 3 (Mr Carbonfootprint)
Leg 2: 2.40 - A messy race, but one where Bill Turner has won it three times in the last nine years. His El Duque has run in some of the better two year old races so far (albeit beaten far enough), and might improve for the step up to six furlongs.
Sherry For Nanny and Jaga Time could both run well, and join him on A. I'm going deep here, as it could throw up a surprise, and so I'll add Ding Ding and Barleycorn on B.
A - 2 (El Duque), 3 (Jaga Time), 8 (Sherry For Nanny)
B - 1 (Barleycorn), 5 (Ding Ding)
Leg 3: 3.10 - An interesting mix of established talent and possible improvers. I'm siding with what I know, and that means my mate, Spinatrix (placed five from five here); Dutch Rose; and Misplaced Fortune lead for me.
A - 1 (Spinatrix), 2 (Misplaced Fortune), 3 (Dutch Rose)
Leg 4: 3.40 - Frontier Fighter takes a step up in class and down in trip and is opposable on that basis. I'm taking a chance here, and rolling with Osteopathic Remedy, Dubai Dynamo and Hit The Jackpot, all of which are suited by conditions and proven at this level.
A - 2 (Osteopathic Remedy), 5 (Hit The Jackpot), 6 (Dubai Dynamo)
Leg 5: 4.10 - Having used a lot of bullets already, it's banker time, and I'm taking one of the best bred horses in training. By German middle distance star Monsun, out of the fantastic Ouija Board, Aegaeus has a pedigree which screams of improvement with time. And a bit of cut in the ground will surely be in his favour too. Demolition won't make the ticket but could reward each way support at a big price.
Dangers abound but I've run out of bankroll for today's perm!
A - 2 (Aegaeus)
Leg 6: 4.40 - Super competitive finale for the placepot, and I don't like anything especially. Haajes has a fair attitude, but is limited; Boucher Garcon and Captain Scooby are inconsistent but capable; and Dark Lane has been consistent and beaten a few of these recently.
A - 2 (Captain Scooby), 4 (Haajes)
B - 1 (Dark Lane), 9 (Boucher Garcon)
That leaves us with perms looking like this:
Just A's - 2 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 1 x 2 = 108 bets
All picks - 2 x 5 x 3 x 3 x 1 x 4 = 360 bets
IF YOU WANTED TO CUT THIS PERM BACK, YOU COULD LOSE THE B SELECTIONS IN RACE 2
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