Cheltenham Festival Tote Placepot tips – Selections and permutation on Gold Cup day

Cheltenham Festival day four Tote Placepot tips

The ever-popular Tote Placepot will again prove a big attraction for punters on day three of the Cheltenham Festival as they look to land a big win for relatively little outlay and many will try their hand at landing a share of the pot that can offer big returns, especially if the favourites flop!

One of the biggest attractions of playing the Tote Placepot lies in the fact that a punters’ selections don’t need to win the race; they only need to run well enough to make the frame and reach the places which is determined by the type of race and the number of runners.

Punters can also choose more than one horse per race of the Tote Placepot although while this increases the chances of winning, it also increases the punter’s stakes.

Understanding the 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. Bigger meetings like the Cheltenham Festival can often see larger payout dividends where favourites finish out of the places.

That’s not to say don’t use favourites in Placepot bets; sometimes choosing the favourite is a sensible play, such as when there are relatively few runners in a race or if the favourite is well ahead in the betting market and likely to be hard to keep out of the places.

However, to win big on the Tote Placepot it is best that favourites underperform and bigger dividends tend to come when less-fancied runners make the places over favourites. To illustrate, day one saw favourites make the frame in all six races of the placepot so the returned dividend was small at £5.80 to a £1 winning line; but day three saw the dividend return a very healthy £801.10 to £1 although a fair few tickets will have been wiped out early by the fall of Envoi Allen.

Our Tote Placepot selections on day two returned four winning lines and we’ve looked over the third day racecard at the Cheltenham Festival and give our day four Tote placepot Cheltenham Festival tips as we try to land another share of the pot.


1:20 Cheltenham – JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo) 2m1f

4 QUILIXIOS – Represents red hot Rachel Blackmore/Henry De Bromhead combination and the unbeaten Maxios gelding is closely matched on form with the market leader Zanahiyr.

Won all three starts for Gordon Elliott prior to joining this yard and he’s a potentially top-class prospect who could have more to come. Given the form of the yard and jockey this week it isn’t hard to see them in the frame.

6 TRITONIC – The pick of the home team Alan King’s charge is unbeaten since switching to hurdling and the ex-flat performer could give a good account if handling this track.

Paul Nicholls’ charge is 2-2 over timber, impressing when romping to a ten lengths’ victory over Casa Loupi at Kempton in the Adonis Hurdle. This is an altogether more difficult test on a wholly different track and now going left-handed, while his jumping will need to be slicker and bare form needs improvement.

He’s the pick of the home team though and he ought to make his presence felt.

Cheltenham Festival Tote Placepot tips. Rachael Blackmore is on fire at the Festival and can steer Quilixios into the places in the Triumph Hurdle.

1:55 Cheltenham – McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m1f

7 DROP THE ANCHOR – Dual-winner this term who struck in the Ladbrokes Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, beating Champagne Gold by just over one length and the demands of this race could see him find another jolt of improvement.

That success showed he can win in a big field and this is usually run at a decent clip so the fast pace will suit; while he’s significantly higher in the weights Peter Fahy has again put Simon Torrens up and the top claimer has a good record on the Shantou gelding.

10 THIRD TIME LUCKI – Trainer Dan Skelton has won this race three times in recent years and the Arcadio gelding ought to give a good account where he remains open to further improvement.

A three-time winner this term he was beaten only by For Pleasure here in November in a Grade Two and his latest fourth was unfortunate as he was still in with every chance when sprawling on landing over the last at Musselburgh.

Can do better back on drying ground and having been eased 1lb could have more to offer.

12 YOU RAISED ME UP – Has been steadily progressive over hurdles and remains low mileage after just six starts, the last two of which has seen the Presenting gelding in the winners’ enclosure at Listowel and Naas.

Last handicap start saw him finish just over one length adrift of Thosedaysaregone at Leopardstown where he was run down close home and there could be more to come from him despite a significant hike in the weights.

2:30 Cheltenham – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered as The Spa Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m

8 FAKIERA – Showed some useful form last term but has improved this season, winning his first two starts which include a Grade Three before finding just one too good next time in a Grade Two contest.

Denise Foster’s charge didn’t do much wrong when finishing fourth in a Grade One at Leopardstown last month behind Gaillard Du Mesnil where he shaped as if he might appreciate a stiffer test and he gets that here.

Open to further improvement he can give a good account.

16 TORYGRAPH – Found only one too good on hurdles debut at Clonmel but won his next two starts at Fairyhouse and Thurles, the latter impresively when beating Angels Dawn by four lengths.

That form has been done no harm and he’s looked strong at the finish in both wins so could find this test even more suitable and with further improvement anticipated in first-time cheekpieces he can run well.

3:05 Cheltenham – WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m2½f

1 AL BOUM PHOTO – Chasing a hat-trick in this race and looked as good as ever when winning his seasonal reappearance at Tramore on New Years’ Day – a race he’s farmed in each of the past two seasons enroute to this race.

Willie Mullins’ charge hasn’t been seen since but it is the same story as the past two years and he remains the one to beat and he ought to be involved at the finish once more.

Cheltenham Festival Tote Placepot tips. Al Boum Photo should go close in his pursuit of a third Gold Cup win.

Cheltenham Festival Tote Placepot tips. Al Boum Photo should go close in his pursuit of a third Gold Cup win.

3:40 Cheltenham – St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m2½f

2 BOB AND CO – Temperamental sort who has his own ideas about the game but very talented when in the mood and the application of a hood has helped settle him.

Paul Nicholls has a good record in the race and the Dom Alco gelding was 2-3 last term; he returned with an impressive performance at Haydock last month, winning easily despite jumping poorly and he’ll need to be sharper in that department.

Mistakes might have been down to rustiness though and likely to be sharper now he could build on that return and he can make his presence felt.

16 STAKER WALLACE – Finished fourth in this race twelve months ago and has been in good form back under Rules following a spell in the point-to-point ranks, winning at Limerick and chasing home Billaway latest at Naas on New Years’ Eve.

A consistent sort who should continue to give a good account Enda Bolger’s charge has a little to find, but with proven form here and the choice of Mark Walsh he’s expected to run well.

4:15 Cheltenham – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase (Registered As The Liberthine Mares’ Chase) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

1 COLREEVY – Unbeaten over fences, winning a novices’ Grade One contest at Limerick on Boxing Day and following up with a 12 lengths’ demolition of Mount Ida when winning a Grade Two at Thurles latest.

That form took a big boost on Thursday and with further improvment expected from Willie Mullins’ charge she ought to go well despite having to concede weight all round here.

7 MAGIC OF LIGHT – High-class chaser who finished runner-up in the 2019 Grand National and has continued in top form both over hurdles and fences.

Last season saw her win twice, one each over hurdles and fences and she’s returned this term in good form where she built on a much-needed fourth to win at Newbury over fences and then chased home Roksana back over hurdles.

Jessica Harrington’s charge has the ability to get involved and she has previous Festival form in the book having finished seventh in the 2019 Ultima Chase. She can go well in the inaugural running of this race.


2 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 48 Bets