Cheltenham Festival Placepot tips – Selections and permutation on day one

Cheltenham Tote Placepot tips for day one

The ever-popular Tote Placepot will again prove a big attraction for punters looking to land a big win for relatively little outlay and many punters will try their hand at landing a share of the pot that can offer big returns.

The beauty of playing the Tote Placepot lies in the fact that selections don’t need to win the race; they only need to make the frame. Also, more than one horse can be selected per race although while this increases the chances of winning, it also increases the punter’s stakes.

What is a Tote Placepot?

The popular Tote Placepot involves choosing one or more runners in each of the first six races of a particular meeting and the number of available places per race varies depending on the type of race and the number of runners.

The more selections per race the higher the stakes and to work out how much stakes to pay 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 and as a rule of thumb when playing the Tote Placepot the more favourites who lose out the bigger the likely payout should be.

Ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, The Tote have launched an excellent offer for new customers with a £10 risk-free first bet when signing up.

Simply bet £10 on any Totepool bet – the Tote Placepot is an ideal bet – and receive £10 back in cash if the bet loses. Plus if placing single wagers with the Tote receive SP rather than the Tote dividend should the SP be larger. Thats the Tote’s starting price guarantee.

We’ve looked over the first day racecard at the Cheltenham Festival and give our day one Tote placepot tips for the first day as we try to land a share of the pot.


1:20 Cheltenham – Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

2 BALLYADAM – Won his first two starts over hurdles including the Grade One Royal Bond Hurdle but has been beaten twice since by Appreciate It in runs at Leopardstown.

Possible that track didn’t play to his strengths and he’s since changed yard which could have a rejuvenating effect. Better ground here should also suit and the former winning pointer ought to give a good account although he’ll need to improve to beat the favourite.

7 METIER – Unbeaten in three starts over hurdles including an impressive victory in the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle, although that form has taken a couple of knocks.

Harry Fry’s charge has to prove effectiveness on quicker ground having only raced on soft of heavy thus far; but if the conditions don’t prove a hindrance he could yet have further improvement to come and he should be in the mix.

1:55 Cheltenham – Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m

6 SHISHKIN – With only six runners it is worth putting a ‘banker’ into this leg and the hot-favourite should oblige.

Nicky Henderson’s charge is unbeaten over fences and won last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle so handles this track and with Energumene now out of the picture he ought to be hard to beat and a clear round of jumping should see him collect.

2:30 Cheltenham – Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1f

2 AYE RIGHT – Has been in good form this term with finishes in the frame on all four chase starts including being beaten just over one length by Takingrisks in the Sky Bet Chase.

Fifth in last season’s RSA Chase behind Champ is good form and while 3lbs higher here than at Doncaster he should nevertheless give a good account in this competitive handicap.

9 VINTAGE CLOUDS – Has contested the last four renewals of this race, twice finishing in the frame and back on the mark from which he won the Grade Two Peter Marsh Chase a couple of seasons ago.

Finished runner-up in this race two years ago from 1lb higher and he turns out here in cheekpieces which may sharpen him up; while he ran better than the bare result when last seen at Kelso following wind surgery and the veteran could give another good account of himself in this contest.

12 ONE FOR THE TEAM – Has had just four starts over fences but he’s run better than his form figures might suggest, chasing home Next Destination in the John Francome Chase at Newbury before perhaps being unsuited by the sharp track at Kempton next time.

Nick Williams’ charge was a shade disappointing in the Sky Bet Chase, fading into fifth but he’s open to further improvement after just four runs. Might just lack the experience of a few of these more battle-hardened chasers but no surprise to see him in the mix.

Cheltenham Festival placepot tips. Veteran chaser Vintage Clouds (left) could post a big run in the Ultima Handicap Chase.

3:05 Cheltenham – Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

3 GOSHEN – Fell when clear in last season’s Triumph Hurdle and atoned for a poor run in the International Hurdle where he was subsequently found to have a fibrillating heartbeat by trouncing Song For Someone in the Kingwell Hurdle.

Gary Moore’s charge showed he had a terrific engine that day, easily brushing aside that Grade Two winner and if turning out here at his best then he ought to go close.

8 SILVER STREAK – Top-class hurdler who handles better ground but has been running with plenty of credit on softer ground and he was just denied by Song For Someone in the International Hurdle.

Bounced back on better ground and a more aggressive ride to beat defending Champion Hurdle champion Epatante by six lengths in the Christmas Hurdle at Cheltenham although that one was in season and can be forgiven that effort.

Nevertheless Evan Williams’ charge should make his presence felt and he can better last season’s sixth in the race where he could make the frame.

3:40 Cheltenham – Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f

1 BLACK TEARS – Has shown herself capable of posting good form and finished third to Concertista on her penultimate outing at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Denise Foster’s charge has contested the last two Cheltenham Festivals, finishing fourth in the 2019 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and finding only Dame De Compagnie too strong in the Coral Cup twelve months ago.

A last-time winner where she was impressive in beating The Getaway Star she is well worth her place in this line-up and she can give a good account back at his venue where she’s run well in the past.

3 DAME DE COMPAGNIE – Has a good record here with three wins from five visits including last season’s Coral Cup where she beat Black Tears.

Overcame jumping problems on her chase debut to score at Ayr but unseated next time at Sandown in the Scilly Isles Chase and Nicky Henderson sends the Lucarno mare back over hurdles for this contest where she could easily bounce back to form returned to this venue.

4:15 Cheltenham – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered As The Fred Winter) (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo) 2m½f

4 CABOT CLIFFS – Fair on the flat but has looked a very usefu hurdling prospect, winning three of his five starts including his last two at Warwick where he was impressive in beating Heross Du Seuil latest.

Dan Skelton’s charge ran out a 17 lengths’ winner that day, eased down and the third has won since. It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Gleneagles gelding improve again and he can make his presence felt.

6 BUSSELTON – Won a French hurdles race for David Cottin prior to joining Joseph O’Brien and the Mastercraftsman gelding has lost no caste in defeat behind Zanahiyr and Quilixios in successive starts at Leopardstown.

Those rivals head the betting for the Triumph Hurdle so the form looks very strong and equipped here with cheekpieces could unlock some improvement in the Irish raider who ought to give a good account.

12 ZOFFANIEN – Only once out of the frame in six starts in Ireland, still looking in need of the experience when runner-up to Druid’s Altar at Naas in February where he wore cheekpieces.

The headgear was dispensed with next time which resulted in an impressive victory at Naas latest, beating Rock Chica by nine lengths and Denis Hogan’s charge could improve again with Richard Johnson an eye-catching jockey booking.

He’ll probably need to but he’s looked a progressive sort of late and there could be more to come with a likely strong pace sure to suit.


2 x 1 x 3 x 2 x 2 x 3 = 72 bets