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For those unfamiliar with the Tote’s raceday ritual, the Placepot simply requires you to pick one horse to finish placed in each of the first six races of a given meeting. You can also add alternative horses to some or all of the races, or ‘legs’, to create more lines and boost your chances of winning. Until recently, the cost of each combination, or 'line' was set at £1, but Tote now allow online bettors to place just 10p on each line, as long as you meet the minimum total stake of 50p with your 'perm', or combination of lines.
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As the Statistics Hub shows, Eve Johnson-Houghton has a notably strong record over this distance here – the third best run-to-form record of any trainer (10+ runners) over the past five seasons, in fact – and HMS PRESIDENT looks an interesting prospect dropping back in trip given his very consistent record over 10f, including when recording his highest Timeform rating of 100 a year ago this weekend. The two ‘eggs’ for his most recent runs probably paint a harsher picture than the reality, not beaten far last time and shaping well when badly hampered and having his chances ended the time before that. Given it’s the first race of the Shergar Cup it’s probably also an advantage having a jockey booked who’s familiar with the course, Kieran Shoemark having ridden 11 winners here over the past five seasons.
EPSOM FAITHFUL sets the standard on our weight-adjusted ratings coming into this contest, sitting 3lb clear of her rivals, and she's the one we're going to side with in leg two. Pat Phelan's progressive mare got back on the winning trail here in decisive fashion when dropped back to 6 furlongs for her most latest run, and she should surely be involved at the business end of the race this time too now stepping back up in trip, in receipt of 5lb from the main danger, Orbaan.
We're going to take a chance with LAMPANG here in the hope that he can quickly bounce back to form following his run in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood. That effort can be excused given he didn't get the smoothest of runs through, as is often an excuse for many in an ultra-competitive handicap, though prior to that Tim Easterby's charge had picked up a couple of victories this campaign over 6 furlongs. Dropping back to the minimum trip, we're hoping that he can make good use of his stamina ridden up with the pace. He tops our weight-adjusted ratings by 1lb here, and should be well positioned to strike, with the race looking likely to set up nicely for him, given the predicted 'even pace'.
We’re going to take a chance on THEMAXWECAN here. His recent form figures make grim viewing – he’s not finished inside the first 10 on his last three stars – but his poor recent form means he’s dropped to a mark 6 lb lower than his last winning one. The Timeform reporter noted, “he shouldn't be dismissed back in something less competitive in his next few starts, especially back at 2m+” after his most recent run at Goodwood and this course & distance winner is handicapped to go close if he can bounce back to anywhere near his best under Jamie Spencer.
MAKE MY DAY is another interesting contender dropping back in trip. He shaped well on his first two starts on the Flat this season but has shaped like a non-stayer on his last two runs over extreme distances, so this drop back in distance looks a good move. He finished 1½ lengths behind Super Superjack (fav for this race) over this C&D in May and has a 10 lb pull in the weights with that rival now.
Lots of these are very close on ratings, but CHARGING THUNDER’s recent record is one of a few that catch the eye, racing off just 10lb higher than he was four runs and three wins ago, and is a horse who’s been a model of consistency his entire career. His main rivals look to be Pride of Priory and The Whipmaster, but given the likely SP of the former and stable form of the latter, Charging Thunder looks the value selection.
MONTASSIB has posted two very good efforts in top-quality handicaps on his last two stars and it’s likely there's more to come from him stepping up to 1m. He looks a solid pick for William Haggas and Danny Tudhope.
BOPEDRO ran a race full of promise on his debut for David O’Meara - who does so well with new recruits - here a couple of weeks ago where he was the only one to make ground from the rear in a slowly-run race. The Timeform Pace Map is forecasting a strong pace this time which will be much more to his liking and he should go close off the same mark.
Timeform Placepot perm:
Leg 1: 3 Leg 2: 5 Leg 3: 1 Leg 4: 6, 7 Leg 5: 2 Leg 6: 6, 3.
1 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 1 x 2 = 4 lines.