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Placepot tips for Royal Ascot day five - Selections for the Tote Placepot on the final day of the Royal meeting

Brian Healy 21 Jun 2019

Brian Healy gives his selections and Tote Placepot bets and permutation for the final day of the Royal Meeting at Ascot.

The Tote Placepot at Royal Ascot continues to elude, but with one day left of the top-class fixture we take a last stab and landing a share of the pot which paid £173.50 to £1 on Friday.

Our Friday permuation fell at the second hurdle when both Pablo Escobarr and Pondus failed to make the frame behind impressive winner Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes; but with another Tote Placepot up for grabs on Saturday we try again to get amongst the winning tickets.

2:30 - Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

(Places - 1,2,3)

(11) MOHICAN HEIGHTS changed hands for a not inconsiderable amount of money in the wake of an impressive debut success at Leopardstown last month, and having since joined David Simcock there may be more to come from the son of Australia.

He ran out a ready winner on his first run, beating two subsequent winners in the process; while this will demand more as he takes on stronger opposition upped in grade, he can give a good account of himself. 

( 12) PINATUBO has impressed in both wins this season, overcoming greenness to beat a couple of subsequent winners on debut at Chelmsford before going on to take the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom in good fashion.

Charlie Appleby’s charge looks sure to continue to improve, especially with this step up in trip likely to suit, and he can land the three-timer here.

3:05 - Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 7f

(Places - 1,2,3)

(2) BYE BYE HONG KONG appeared not to handle the track when only finishing fourth at Epsom last time out in the Diomed Stakes, but the Street Sense colt had looked progressive prior to that run and he may be able to bounce back on a more conventional track.

He had won both previous starts which included a Listed contest at Windsor in May, and he remains capable of better despite running below his best last time out.

The drop back in trip could suit, and he is given another chance to build on his earlier progress.

(12) SO PERFECT has yet to finish outside of the first four in her starts to date, which includes a pair of wins last term, including defeating Skitter Scatter in a Group Three contest at the Curragh.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge was beaten only a half-length behind Commonwealth Cup winner Advertise in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes before landing bronze medals in her next three outings before getting back to winning ways in the Lacken Stakes last month.

A strong pace here will suit the daughter of Scat Daddy who went close over this trip on her return to action, and she could go close.

3:40 - Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f

(Places - 1,2,3)

(8) SOUTHERN FRANCE was the only one to give Stradivarius a race when coming up short behind the dual-Ascot Gold Cup winner at York last time, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can go close here.

The Galileo colt had finished one length third behind Master Of Reality on his seasonal debut at Navan in the Group Three Vintage Crop Stakes, and both those pieces of form have been significantly boosted.

A drop back in trip could work the oracle for the Ballydoyle runner who travelled well for a long way at York last time, and he ought to be competitive in this contest.

4:20 - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 6f

(Places - 1,2,3)

(5) DREAM OF DREAMS is 2-2 for the season, winning a Listed race at Windsor latest where he had The Tin Man behind. 

Sir Michael Stoute’s Dream Ahead entire has plenty of classy form from last season where despite failing to win he managed to make the frame on several occasions, and he can continue to show progress for his top yard.

He could still have more to offer, and while this is a much more searching test of his credentials, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take another forward step to get competitive at this higher level.

(16) THE TIN MAN won this race in 2017, and he was set to go close in the event twelve months ago when meeting trouble in running; James Fanshawe’s charge ought to give another good account of himself at a venue where he goes well at.

The Equiano gelding won twice last term, scoring at Windsor on his reappearance and then adding another Group One success to his record when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup.

Not seen to best effect in the Champion Sprint, he returned from a break to finish third behind Dream Of Dreams; but he ought to be sharper now with the run under his belt, and and he might not have been suited in any case by the slow pace last time.

This will be run at a better pace which will suit him, and while he isn’t getting any younger he remains capable at his best of a big run.

5:00 - Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 6f

(7) SPRING LOADED won a competitive handicap contest here last July when beating Poyle Vinnie in the Heritage, and Paul D’Arcy’s charge can post a big run.

The Zebedee gelding has acquitted himself well in defeat since, including when finishing third here on his last run of the campaign in the Listed Rous Stakes behind Intense Romance.

He ought to be sharper for a reappearance run behind Dream Of Dreams at Windsor, where he finished fifth, and the conditions of this race will be more to his liking. His rider’s claim drops him below his last winning mark, and he should give a good account.

(18) PERFECTION won three times last term for John Gosden, which included the Listed Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket on her final run of the season.

Having since joined David O’Meara, the Dutch Art filly was denied only by a head on her return to action behind Pretty Baby in the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes, and she is forgiven a lacklustre run at Haydock latest where the steady pace and quick conditions might have gone against her.

She can be given another chance, and on her best form she appears well-treated off 101 so could well post a big effort here.

(21) SOLDIER’S MINUTE stormed clear to win a competitive York handicap last month, beating Wentworth Falls to land her second win of the campaign; Keith Dalgleish’s charge can mount another bold bid despite being hit with an 8lbs rise in the wake of that success.

The Raven’s Pass gelding has also won at Kempton this term, and his gelding operation during the winter seems to have helped him focus his energies. This is obviously tougher than anything he has faced thus far, but in his current vein of form he is worth a second look with a big field scenario no problem.

5:35 - Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5½f

(1) PALLASATOR won this race twelve months ago in good style, and Gordon Elliott’s charge can successfully defend his crown.

A high-class stayer previously for Sir Mark Prescott, he is a winning hurdler for his current yard and he returned to this discpline following a Grade Two win over timber to collect this prize.

He’ll be better for his reappearance over an inadequate trip last time out, and this more extreme test could see him do much better. With only 3lbs extra to carry compared to twelve months ago, he could take some beating if coming back to his best form following his return to action.

(5) CLEONTE was a dual winner in France for Andre Fabre prior to joining Andrew Balding, but the Sir Percy took some time to register a first win for this trainer.

He struck at the tenth attempt for Balding when beating Stars Over The Sea here in August when winning the Shergar Cup Stayers race, after which he ran an excellent third behind Low Sun in the Cesarewitch.

He has returned in good form, finishing third to Dee Ex Bee in the Sagaro Stakes and then crossing the line in sixth in the Chester Cup where he was possibly unsuited by the soft ground.

He has better conditions here and every chance he can make his presence felt with the longer trip unlikely to be an issue.





4.20 - (5) DREAM OF DREAMS, (16) THE TIN MAN


5.35 - (1) PALLASATOR, (5) CLEONTE

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Placepot tips for Royal Ascot day five - Selections for the Tote Placepot on the final day of the Royal meeting

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