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Placepot tips for Royal Ascot day three - Selections for the Tote Placepot on the third day of the Royal meeting

Brian Healy 19 Jun 2019

Brian Healy puts together his day three Royal Ascot Tope Placepot selections and permutation for a chance to scoop a share of Thursday's Placepot.

The second day Tote Placepot proved a tough nut to crack, and our day two permutation fell at the second hurdle when neither Norway or Jalmoud managed to find the frame.

The Tote Placepot remains an excellent way for punters to win big from relatively modest outlay, and the big beauty of the placepot is that there is no necessity to find the winner of each race; just finding horses who finish in the frame is good enough.

With another six races to take in on Ascot Gold Cup day on Thursday, we take another stab at landing the Tote Placepot which paid £890.90 to £1 stake on Wednesday.

2:30 - Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f


(1) A’ALI created a good impression when finding only a potentially smart rival too strong on his debut at Ripon earlier in the month, and the Society Rock colt can show improvement from that run to go one better.

Simon Crisford’s charge was denied only by a neck behind Spartan Fighter, but there may be more to come given he looked in need of the experience; he can step up for the outing and he ought to be involved under Dettori.

(14) VENTURA REBEL is 2-2 thus far, impressing in both wins, and while this is a much tougher test of his credentials it could transpire that Richard Fahey’s charge can prove equal to the task at hand.

The form of his latest win over course and distance looks decent with the third horse home winning since, and likely to have further improvement to come then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run here.


3:05 - Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f


(12) KING OTTOKAR travelled well for a long way at Chester last time before his stamina gave out; but the Motivator colt can bounce back here over a shorter trip, and Charlie Fellowes’ charge can go close.

Both career wins have come on soft ground, so he will be at home in these conditions and he had Wednesday’s Queen’s Vase winner Dashing Willoughby behind when scoring on his reappearance at Newbury in March.

Fourth in the Chester Vase latest, he will appreciate the lesser stamina test here and with conditions in his favour he can post a big run.

(14) ROSEMAN had the reopposing Sangarius behind when finishing runner-up to King Of Comedy in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown when last seen, and while not obviously bred for this longer trip, Roger Varian hinted that he could benefit for a stiffer test.

The Kingman colt was beaten just over two lengths behind Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes runner-up, and there is a strong possibility of better to come assuming he can see out this extra quarter mile.

3:40 - Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f


(4) FRANKELLINA found only Nausha too strong in the Musidora Stakes on her return to action at York last month, and William Haggas’ charge was far from disgraced in the Epsom Oaks when finishing sixth to Anapurna.

The Frankel filly crossed the line around five lengths’ adrift having taken plenty of time to hit top gear; but she finished off the race well, and she could have more to offer still after just three career starts.

(10) SPARKLE ROLL didin’t live up to expectations in the Musidora at York, beating only three home behind Nausha. John Gosden’s charge however is worth another chance having won her previous two starts either side of a break which includes a two lengths’ defeat of King Power on her return.

The Kingman filly found less than looked likely at York latest, and it is possible she was amiss; but perhaps better judged on earlier efforts, she could be worth chancing to bounce back with the step up in trip a potential source of improvement.


4:20 - Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f


(6) Melbourne Cup winner CROSS COUNTER () could give reigning champion Stradivarius something to think about, and Charlie Appleby’s improving stayer can go well.

The Teofilo gelding has won four of his last six starts, with highlights being a defeat of Marmelo to win at Flemington and then beating Ispolini at Meydan to win the Dubai Gold Cup.

Fourth in last season’s King George V Stakes on this card, he won here next time out over twelve furlongs, and while absent since his Meydan success he ought to offer up stiff resistance to John Gosden’s star given he has a good record fresh and acts on soft ground.


5:00 - Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m


(18) HERO HERO was an impressive winner at Chester last month, and Andrew Balding’s charge can continue to improve. 

He had previously finished in the frame in two runs, and he looked a good prospect when delivering an eight lengths’ beating of Guandi last time out on the Roodye. 

An opening mark of 95 on his handicap debut doesn’t look prohibitive, and with better to come on ground that shouldn’t cause an inconvenience then he can go well here.

(21) KING ADEMAR has rattled the crossbar on each of his last three starts, but Martyn Meade’s charge could be worth chancing to get off the mark now.

Runner-up on his reappearance behind 2000 Guineas’s second King Of Change at Nottingham, the Scat Daddy colt got to within a neck of Ouzo back there earlier in the month and the form of that run has been franked by the winner scoring again since along with the fourth who also won next time.

He is 6lbs higher here, but he is open to further progress and first-time cheekpieces could help him to find another forward step.

(24) AWEEDRAM improved for the switch to handicapping, winning back-to-back contests at Newmarket and here - the latter in soft ground - and he showed up better than the finishing position otherwise suggests when sixth to Beatboxer at Haydock last month.

Alan King’s Mukhadram gelding perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect on that occasion, but he had looked a progressive sort in his two prior wins and there is a suspicion that despite his defeat last time that he still has the potential to do better.


5:35 - King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f


(6) SINJAARI has shown progressive form this term, building on his sole start as a juvenile last term when trained by Ed Dunlop to make the frame in all three starts this season which inlcudes a win at Windsor.

The Camelot colt ran out a ready winner, scoring by the better part of three lengths, and the form has been franked since by both the runner-up and fourth horses home winning since.

Subsequently runner-up at Newbury in the London Gold Cup, beaten only a short-head, this mark remains workable with the potential for further improvement and he can take a forward step.

(12) SIR RON PRIESTLEY showed some ability in his two runs last term, building on a promising debut to finish fourth in a warm contest at Goodwood behind the subsequent Breeders’ Cup winner Line Of Duty.

He has since returned from a break to run out a six lengths’ victor over Babbo’s Boy at Ripon, and he followed up with a similarly impressive run to deny Lariat by four lengths latest at the Merseyside track.

He has more on his plate from 8lbs higher, but he is progressive and Mark Johnston has a good record in this race, having lifted this prize on six previous occasions. It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him going close here with the promise of further improvement to come.

2019 ROYAL ASCOT PLACEPOT PERMUTATION - DAY THREE SELECTIONS


2.30 - (1) A'ALI, (14) VENTURA REBEL

3.05 - (12) KING OTTOKAR, (14) ROSEMAN

3.40 - (4) FRANKELLINA, (10) SPARKLE ROLL

4.20 - (6) CROSS COUNTER

5.00 - (18) HERO HERO, (21) KING ADEMAR, (24) AWEEDRAM

5.35 - (6) SINJAARI, (12) SIR RON PRIESTLEY


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Placepot tips for Royal Ascot day three - Selections for the Tote Placepot on the third day of the Royal meeting

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