2021 Royal Ascot Placepot tips – Tote Placepot selections and permutation for day one

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2021 Royal Ascot Placepot tips – Tote Placepot selections and permutation for day one

We pick out our day one Royal Ascot placepot tips as we assess a top-class racecard for Tuesday’s Festival feature meeting.

On a top class day of horse racing action on day one of the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival we’ve picked out our first Tote Placepot selections and permutation for Tuesday’s racecard.

The Tote Placepot offers a chance to win big for a relatively modest outlay and the real beauty of playing the Tote Placepot lies in the fact that selections don’t need to win the race; they only need to run well enough to make the frame.

Another attraction of the popular Tote bet is that punters can choose more than one horse can be selected per race; but while this increases the chances of winning, it also increases the punter’s stakes.


The Tote Placepot typically involves the first six races of the meeting and the number of available places per race varies depending on the type of race and the number of runners.

Staking a Tote Place might seem complicated at first, but it is really pretty simple. To work out how much stakes to pay simply multiply the numbers of selections together in each race. For example, if you have two horses in every race your permutation would be 2x2x2x2x2x2 = 64 bets; bear in mind the minimum total stake for a Tote Placepot is £1 with minimum unit stake 10p.

Ideally to win big the favourites should fail to make the places as these tend to be the most popular selections and as a rule of thumb the more favourites who fail to make the frame then the bigger the likely payout should be. However it’s not always possible to ignore the claims of the favourite and it can occasionally be a sensible play to include a hot-favourite as a banker leg.

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Tuesday’s first day racecard at Royal Ascot is top-drawer stuff and we’ve looked over the action to pick out our Royal Ascot placepot tips for the first day as we try to land a share of the prize pool.


2:30 Ascot – Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m

6 PALACE PIER – Outstanding Kingman colt whose only defeat in nine runs came in soft ground here in last season’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

A winner at this meeting twelve months ago in the St James’s Palace Stakes John Gosden’s star is 2-2 this term with wins at Sandown and Newbury,beating a couple of these in the Lockinge Stakes and he ought to be tough to beat and he’s very much banker material.

3:05 Ascot – Coventry Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

8 GISBURN – Offered plenty to work on when finishing fourth on debut and duly stepped up on that experience to score at Newbury in May where he ran out a six lengths’ winnner.

Richard Hannon’s charge looks sure to improve further, but while he made all last time out to win he’ll find it tougher to do the same here.

10 MASSETO – Overcame inexperience to register a debut success at Navan in April and stepped up on that run to find only one too good in a Group Three next time at the Curragh, perhaps not ideally suited to the testing conditions.

Donnacha O’Brien’s charge should appreciate this quicker surface and his form stacks up well so a big run wouldn’t be a surprise with further improvement likely.

15 TOLSTOY – Once raced individual who made a decent first impression when scoring on debut at Yarmouth in May despite racing keenly.

There wasn’t much separating the first six home but John Gosden’s charge is likely to have more to come and he’s bred in the purple so is surely capable of better. This is much tougher but he could go well for top connections.

3:40 Ascot – King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f

2 BATTAASH – Crack sprinter who hasn’t always been straightforward but arrives here as defending champion having won this prize twelve months ago during an unbeaten three-race campaign.

Charlie Hills’charge has looked much more mature as he’s got older given he used to get worked up in the preliminaries; but his record fresh is impeccable and he ought to prove a tough nut to crack.

5 KING’S LYNN – Royal runner who was steadily progressive last term without winning; but he’s continued his upward curve this campaign and narrowly got the better of Moss Gill in the recent Listed Achilles Stakes.

This is considerably tougher as he takes a big leap in class, but he’s going the right way and may well have more to come for all he has a bit to find on form.

2021 Royal Ascot Tote Placepot tips. Battaash can win a second King’s Stand Stakes.

4:20 Ascot – St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Colts) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

3 CHINDIT – Winner of his first three starts as a juvenile which included over this course in July before getting bogged down in the mud in the Dewhurst.

Richard Hannon’s charge returned with a workmanlike win in the Greenham Stakes before appearing not to handle the track at Newmarket in the 2000 Guineas although he caught the eye with a strong finishing effort on the climb to the line.

Will be suited by the return to this venue and ought to go well for his top yard.

8 MOSTAHDAF – First-season colt who has been highly progressive in reeling off a hat-trick of wins, latterly scoring in Listed company with a defeat of Highland Avenue at Sandown.

John Gosden’s Frankel colt won well that day but faces significantly quicker ground this time and has to prove as effective as he was latest.

However his top yard have won this three times in recent years and with the potential for considerably better he can take the rise in class in his stride to make his presence felt.

5:00 Ascot – Ascot Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m4f

1 CAPE GENTLEMAN – Was a progressive sort on the flat in France prior to joining Emmet Mullins for whom he got off the mark at the second attempt at the Curragh prior to proving himself a smart recruit to hurdling where he won twice from three starts.

Only ninth at Punchestown when last seen he returns to the level here where he’s open to plenty of improvement for his shrewd yard and the booking of Rachael Blackmore catches the eye so a big run could be on the cards from the Champs Elysees gelding.

8 M C MULDOON – Willie Mullins has a good record in this and the Mastercraftsman gelding looks the pick of his runners with Ryan Moore up.

A useful sort on the level for Peter Chapple-Hyam prior to joining this yard for a spell hurdling he was a winner at Fairyhouse over timber and returns to the flat following a good third at Punchestown latest.

A mark of 96 could underestimate him here judging on his hurdles form and given his trainer’s record in the race he’s hard to dismiss.

10 ELYSIAN FLAME – Has proven himself a smart sort both on the flat and over hurdles, winning in both disciplines in 2021 at Carlisle and Newbury latterly prior to finishing off well in a messy renewal of the Chester Cup where he was hampered early and unsuited by the steady pace.

He has a higher mark to contend with here but he’ll be well suited by this sort of test and a stronger pace is assured so he could do better and Mick Easterby’s charge could go close.

5:35 Ascot – Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f

4 SOLID STONE – Proved progressive last term with two wins and a number of efforts in the frame including the Balmoral Handicap here last October in soft ground.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge looked in need of the run back here in April but stepped up on that effort latest to run out a ready winner at Windsor and the Shamardal gelding can post a big run back up in distance.

6 BLUE CUP – Ex-French winner who has been lightly raced since joining David Menuisier, scoring at Sandown last July and resuming winning ways at Epsom earlier this month where he was impressive in a first-time hood to run out a five lengths’ winner.

The handicapper has taken a dim view of that with a 11lbs rise in the weights, but there could be more to come and if the headgear has the same positive effect again as last time then he should run well with the likely strong pace sure to play to his strengths.


The first day Royal Ascot Tote Placepot is staked as: 1 x 3 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 2 = 72 bets.