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Placepot tips for Royal Ascot day four - Selections for the Tote Placepot on the fourth day of the Royal meeting

Brian Healy 20 Jun 2019

Brian Healy puts together his day four selections and permuation to land a share of the Tote Placepot at Royal Ascot.

Our day three Tote Placepot permutation fell at the fourth hurdle when sole selection Cross Counter could only manage to finish fourth in the Gold Cup, meaning the four lines we had amassed prior to the race were lost.

Undaunted however, we turn our attentions to day four and Friday’s Tote Placepot where we will bid again to try and land a share of the placepot which returned £353.30 to £1 stakes on Thursday.

2:30 - Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f


(Places 1,2,3)

(6) DAAHYEH overcame obvious early inexperience to score an impressive debut win, and Roger Varian’s charge can double up.

The Bated Breath filly had subsequent dual-winner Raffle Prize - who won the Queen Mary Stakes here on Wednesday - almost two lengths behind on that occasion, and with the form having been significantly boosted he can find further improvement.

(16) LAST SURPRISE represents the Crisford/Dettori combination that was successful in Thursday’s opener, and the No Nay Never filly can step up on the bare form of her debut win at Lingfield on the all-weather where she ran out an easy three lengths’ winner over Quiet Place.

Even though she was hampered late in that contest, she readily drew clear for an impressive success and she could find some further improvement on the back of that first run.


3:05 - King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f


(Places 1,2,3)

(6) PABLO ESCOBARR found improvement for William Haggas last term having joined the yard from Mark Johnston, winning on his second start of the campaign at Goodwood.

The Galileo colt has continued his progression this term, narrowly denied behind Living Legend at Bath in April before chasing home subsequent Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.

A line through the Classic winner would suggest there isn’t much between him and Aidan O’Brien’s Japan, and with proven form in these conditions he could go well.
 
(7) PONDUS is on a hat-trick having already struck wins at Nottingham and Sandown this campaign, and James Fanshawe’s charge can find another jolt of improvement to feature prominently here.

The Sea The Moon colt latterly ran out an easy five lengths’ winner over Aktau last time out, drawing clear in impressive fashion, and while the form of that success perhaps isn’t the strongest he could well have more to offer.

Both the third and the sixth horses home have won since, and he is proven on the ground so while this is a tougher ask upped significantly in grade, he could well find the necessary improvement to be a factor in this contest.

3:40 - Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 6f


(Places 1,2,3)


(2) HELLO YOUMZAIN won twice last term from three starts which included a soft ground Group Two in France; Kevin Ryan’s charge has subsequently returned from a break in good heart.

Possibly stretched by seven furlongs in the Greenham on his return, he inflicted a first defeat on Calyx - subsequently found to be injured - when impressing in the Sandy Lane Stakes latest and he should go well here for all this is tougher still.

Proven in the ground, he looks a very progressive sort over six furlongs who should continue to improve, and he can play a big part here with the potential for better still to come.


4:20 - Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m


(Places 1,2,3)

(4) JUBILOSO couldn’t have been more impressive when romping to an easy success at Newbury latest, adding to a similarly taking debut at Chelmsford, and the Shamardal filly can find further improvement.

This is clearly a tougher assignment facing Sir Michael Stoute’s charge, but she looked potentially classy in routing her field latest and while the form perhaps doesn’t quite stack up she can take the rise in grade in her stride to post another solid run.
 
(8) PRETTY POLLYANNA was beaten less than one length behind Hermosa when the pair clashed in last season’s Fillies’ Mile, and Michael Bell’s charge can give the dual-1000 Guineas winner soemthing to think about here.

A Group Two winner last term, the Oasis Dream filly was conceding race-fitness to Aidan O’Brien’s charge when the pair clashed in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh, eventually beaten four lengths.

While she probably needs to raise her game again to gain some revenge, she should be sharper now with that reappearance under her belt and she could close the gap.


5:00 - Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) (Fillies) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m


(Places 1,2,3,4)

(8) INVITATIONAL makes her turf debut here, but she is 2-3 on the all-weather, most recently running out a three lengths’ victor over Astrologer at Wolverhampton prior to a short break.

Roger Varian’s Poet’s Voice filly also makes her first start in a handicap, and she may have been handed a very workable mark ahead of this assignment. 

Assuming she can handle the switch in surface, she looks sure to progress further and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix.

(14) LADY MADISON is 2-3 in her career, most recently running out a four lengths’ winner over Durrell at Windsor back in April.

Richard Hughes’ charge also won on the all-weather on her debut, and she struck impressively latest; that form has been franked by the runner-up winning since, and while the form may only prove ordinary, she is entitled to improve again switching to a handicap where her opening mark looks fair.

(15) HOTSY TOTSY has won her last two starts in decisive fashion, beating Alhakmah at Salisbury in May by five lengths, and then routing Gaslight and others by six lengths on the Kempton all-weather latest.

Ed Walker’s charge was a close third on soft ground on debut prior to those wins, and with the potential for better still to come now she goes handicapping from a very workable mark then she could go close here.

5:35 - Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f


(Places 1,2,3,4)

(14) COLLIDE would have found the ground plenty quick enough when finishing behind a couple of these at York last time out, but the Frankel colt could do better back on a softer surface.

Hugo Palmer’s charge won three times last term, all on soft ground, although his season ended in disappointment when shaping as if amiss on his final outing of the campaign. Having made a winning return at Kempton, he wasn’t disgraced in the recent Jorvik Handicap, and this softer ground could see him in a better light.

Only 1lb higher here, he remains with scope and can do better with conditions to suit.

(16) CORGI finished a neck runner-up to the reopposing Baghdad in the King George V Handicap at this meeting twelve months ago, but Hughie Morrison’s charge could gain some revenge here.

The So You Think gelding had won the time before over ten furlongs at Sandown, and he followed up his subsequent near miss with another silver medal finish at Goodwood prior to posting a solid sixth behind Ghostwatch in the Melrose Handicap.

He has since undergone wind surgery, and he looked as good as ever although possibly just needing the run when finishing third to First Eleven on his reappearance, one place ahead of Collide who also runs in this race.

Likely to strip fitter for that return, he can go well here if the softer conditions don’t inconvenience.

2019 ROYAL ASCOT PLACEPOT PERMUTATION - DAY FOUR SELECTIONS


2.30 - (6) DAAHYEH, (16) LAST SURPRISE

3.05 - (6) PABLO ESCOBARR, (7) PONDUS

3.40 - (2) HELLO YOUMZAIN

4.20 - (4) JUBILOSO, (8) PRETTY POLLYANNA

5.00 - (8) INVITATIONAL, (14) LADY MADISON, (15) HOTSY TOTSY

5.35 - (14) COLLIDE, (16) CORGI


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