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Placepot tips for Royal Ascot day two - Selections for the Tote Placepot on the second day of the Royal meeting

Brian Healy 18 Jun 2019
Get our selections and permuation for the Tote Placepot on day two of Royal Ascot.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and Tote Placepot permutation for the second day of the Royal Ascot Festival.

The Royal Ascot Festival continues into a second day, and the fantastic top-class five-day summer highlight provides plenty opportunities to win big, and the Tote Placepot is always a hugely popular bet amongst punters looking for an interest throughout the day’s racing action.

One of the great beauties of the Tote Placepot bet is that selections do not need to win the race, and the Placepot involves picking one or more horses in each race to finish in the places, with the number of available places determined by the type of race and the number of runners. 

There are six legs to the Placepot - usually the first six races on the card - and winning bets can often receive a bid dividend depending on the amount of the Placepot pool and the number of winning bets, as the collective ‘pool’ is equally shared across all the winning betting slips.

The more selections a punter chooses, the greater their chances of scooping the pot, but also the greater the cost of the bet.However, the potential return could well outstrip the outlay!

As always, the key to winning big on the Placepot is to oppose the favourites where possible and look instead at bigger priced each-way chances who boast solid claims of making the frame. The more favourites that don’t finish in the places, the bigger the return is likely to be.

The day one Tote Placepot returned £520.60 to just £1, and we’re chasing a share of the day two pot with our Royal Ascot permutation after our day one attempt failed to get beyond the first leg on the opening day with neither of our picks Laurens or Barney Roy managing to make the frame having both turned in disappointing efforts.

2:30 - Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 5f


(Places - 1,2,3)

(7) DIVINE SPIRIT looked a potentially high-class prospect when winning easily on her debut at Windsor last month, and Charlie Appleby’s charge can improve for the experience to double up here.

The Kingman filly is a well-related sort, and she readily ran out a two lengths’ winner over Pink Sands despite not getting a clear run. Once she got daylight she showed a very potent turn of foot to settle matters in a few strides and she is sure to come on for that outing.

The run was all the more meritorious as she bolted going to the start, and she can go well here under Australian rider Kerrin McEvoy.

(11) FLIPPA THE STRIPPA got off the mark at the second attempt, beating Ivatheengine by a half-length, after which the Outstrip filly stepped up again to win the Listed National Stakes at Sandown from JM Jackson; Charlie Hills’ charge can continue to show progress and she can find further improvement to post a big run here.

That race did fall apart to some extent, but she appeared to win a shade readily despite hanging right and there may be more to come from her. 

She does need to raise her game again, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see her pull out more, and she isn’t one to be underestimated.


3:05 - Queen's Vase (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6f


(Places - 1,2,3)

(6) JALMOUD arrives in search of a hat-trick of wins, and the New Approach colt looks the pick of the Godolphin pair with James Doyle on board.
He looked all about stamina when adding to his tally with a Listed win in France last month, keeping on well to get up late and win the De L’avre Stakes at Longchamp, and a further step up in trip could well unlock further improvement.

That form has been franked, and he can post another big run in pursuit of the three-timer.

(10) NORWAY is one of four Aidan O’Brien-trained runners in the field, and the Galileo colt ran better than the bare result in the Epsom Derby where he helped to force the pace before exertions took their toll and he wilted out of contention.

The Galileo colt won twice last term, landing the Listed Zetland Stakes at Newmarket, and he could benefit from this even stiffer test of stamina. Ryan Moore sides with him over the yard’s other runners and the pair can go close.

3:40 - Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f


(Places - 1,2,3)

(4) WALDGEIST emerged last season as a top-class performer, winning four times which included the Grand Prix De Saint Cloud, and he acquitted himself well in defeat subsequently.

The Galileo entire made a winning return at Longchamp to win the Prix Ganay from the well-regarded Study Of Man, and sure to come on for that reappearance effort he ought to post a big run here. 

He looks sure to take high order again in the middle-distance division this year, and while this is a white-hot renewal of this Group One contest he should be firmly in the mix. 


4:20 - Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m


(Places - 1,2,3)

(1) I CAN FLY brings arguably the best form to the table amongst this field, and if she were to recapture the level which saw her go close on her last visit here then she could get back on the scoresheet in an open renewal of this Group Two prize.

A dual-winner last term, winning the Group Two Boomerang Stakes, she got back on the scoresheet at Dundalk in March, and she has run well in defeat since including in the Lockinge Stakes last month. 

Not seen to best effect last time at the Curragh when given too much to do, she nevertheless ought to go well here and no surprise if she goes close.

(17) VERACIOUS finished third over course and distance last season in the Coronation Stakes behind Alpha Centauri, and she filled the same position next time in the Nassau Stakes before winning at Sandown in the Atalanta Stakes.

Not at her best subsequently, she hinted at a revival in a first-time tongue-tie when finishing third behind Anna Nerium at Epsom under a penalty, and if building on that effort then she can post a big run.

5:00 - Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m 


(Places - 1,2,3,4)

(12) CHIEF IRONSIDE ran well in the recent Diomed Stakes at Epsom, and William Jarvis’ charge turns out here from the same mark before a 4lbs rise kicks in.
The Lawman colt won twice last term over further, but he is effective at this shorter trip and while the rain isn’t ideal, he could go well back in a handicap if he gets a strong pace which will bring his stamina into play.

(19) KYNREN deserves to land a valuable prize given his consistency in these big-field events, and David Barron’s charge has finished runner-up on his last two starts at Doncaster and here last time in the Victoria Cup.

The Clodovil gelding relishes the hustle and bustle of this kind of contest, and he has made the frame in four of his last six starts in big field contests. He disappointed in this last year, but he arrives in good heart his time around and he should remain competitive despite a 3lbs rise.

(25) WHAT’S THE STORY finished fourth in this race twelve months ago, having won at Newcastle the time before, and the Harbour Watch gelding can post another big run.

Keith Dalgleish’s runners are in flying form, and having gone close on his reappearance back at Newcastle in May, he stepped up on that run to win at York later that same month from 2lbs lower than when finishing fourth in this race last year.

The second and fourth from that York victory have won since, and he can go well again despite his rise in the weights.


5:35 - Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f


(Places - 1,2,3)

(10) PLATINUM STAR won easier than the two lengths’ winning margin might suggest when getting off the mark at the second attempt at Leicester last month, and Saeed bin Suroor’s charge can find another jolt of improvement here to follow up.

The Lope De Vega colt had seen the form of his debut win franked, and he only needed pushed out to score readily latest and that form has also since been boosted.

Likely to have more to offer, he can go well here with the potential to improve further.

(18) TEMPLE OF HEAVEN arrives on a hat-trick of wins having followed up his debut success at Nottingham in April with a hard-fought win at Newbury next time out, edging out rivals from Ballydoyle and Godolphin. 

He did well given he received quite a bump quite late on, and a subsequent winner was behind that day. Richard Hannon’s charge could have more improvement to come, and the drop back to five furlongs shouldn’t present a problem despite him looking strong at the finish over six furlongs last time.

2019 ROYAL ASCOT PLACEPOT PERMUTATION - DAY TWO SELECTIONS


2.30 - (7) DIVINE SPIRIT, (11) FLIPPA THE STRIPPA

3.05 - (6) JALMOUD, (10) NORWAY

3.40 - (4) WALDGEIST

4.20 - (1) I CAN FLY, (17) VERACIOUS

5.00 - (12) CHIEF IRONSIDE, (19) KYNREN, (25) WHAT'S THE STORY

5.35 - (10) PLATINUM STAR, (18) TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

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Placepot tips for Royal Ascot day two - Selections for the Tote Placepot on the second day of the Royal meeting

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and Tote Placepot permutation for the second day of the Royal Ascot Festival.

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