Cheltenham Tote Placepot tips – Selections and permutation on day two of the Festival

Cheltenham Tote Placepot tips for day two

The ever-popular Tote Placepot will again prove a big attraction for punters on the second day of the 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.

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 according to the type of race and the number of runners. 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.

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. 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.

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


1:20 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Baring Bingham) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f

2 BOB OLINGER – Ran out a convincing winner of the Lawlors Of Naas Novices’ Hurdle, beating Blue Lord by six lengths to take his record over hurdles to 2-3.

Henry De Bromhead’s charge tackles quicker ground here but should have no issue and the son of Sholokhov ought to go close with further improvement anticipated.

4 BRAVEMANSGAME – Beaten on his hurdled debut by subsequent Betfair Hurdle winner Soaring Glory but has won all three starts since including an impressive defeat of Star Gate in the Challow Hurdle over the Christmas period.

Paul Nicholls’ charge has shown he can handle good ground so drying conditions will be in his favour and he looks one who should have more improvement to come.

1:55 Cheltenham – Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Broadway Novices’ Chase) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m½f

4 MONKFISH – Looks one of the bankers of the week for many punters and the unbeaten chaser ought to be a tough nut to crack.

Willie Mullins’ charge boasts Cheltenham Festival winning form having taken the Albert Bartlett Hurdle twelve months ago and he is 3-3 over fences this term, readily scoring by eleven lengths when last seen.

With further scope to improve he looks one to anchor the Tote Placepot and it would be disappointing if he were to fail to land the odds.

Cheltenham Tote Place tips for day two. Monkfish looks the banker bet of the day.

Cheltenham Tote Place tips for day two. Monkfish looks the banker bet of the day.

2:30 Cheltenham – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f

3 KOSHARI – Form has been patchy over fences but he made a very pleasing return to action following more than two years off to run out a ready winner of a Cork hurdle race and his subsequent run at Leopardstown over three miles possibly stretched his stamina.

Dropping back to this trip could suit the son of Walk In The Park who might yet prove to be well handicapped and he ran better than the rare result when last seen. He’ll need a bit of luck in running but it wouldn’t be a shock to see him involved.

10 TEA CLIPPER – Proven progressive over hurdles and a winner of four of his first five starts including the Chepstow Silver Trophy on his reappearance. Subsequently he lost no caste in defeat in a good quality handicap at Newbury, halted by a bad mistake.

Latest run in a jumpers’ bumper can be forgiven and not without hope back in the handicap ranks where this mark remains workable. Ought to be suited by a strong pace and with further improvement a possibility he can go well.

12 CRAIGNEICHE – Lightly-raced sort who is 2-3 over hurdles and also won a bumper on debut. Nicky Henderson’s charge was last seen running out a comfortable seven lengths’ winner over Arrividerci at Ascot in January and there could be better still to come from him despite being hiked 12lb in the ratings.

He has a bigger field to contend with but ought to strip fitter for his first run in more than a year and no surprise to see him involved.

3:05 Cheltenham – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m

9 SCEAU ROYAL – Very smart dual-purpose hurdler/chaser who posted a return to winning ways in the recent Game Spirit Chase and the drying ground here will be very much in favour for Alan King’s charge.

The Doctor Dino gelding finished third in this in 2019 and is a dual-winner at this venue; while he needs another big peformance in this field it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him deliver one and he can post a big run.

10 PUT THE KETTLE ON – Last season’s Arkle Chase winner is 3-3 at this venue and Henry De Bromhead’s charge ought to make her presence felt again.

The Stowaway mare was beaten into third behind Chacun Pour Soi at Leopardstown over Christmas but a return to this venue could spark her to produce her best form and with form on better ground already in the book she looks set for a big run in receipt of weight all round.

3:40 Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Chase (A Cross Country Chase) (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m6f

3 BALKO DES FLOS – Won the 2018 Ryanair Chase but things have gone awry since for the Balko gelding who hasn’t been at his best in numerous runs since and he hasn’t won since that victory here three years ago.

First-time cheekpieces didn’t appear to have much of an effect when last seen at Thurles but a switch to this discipline might spark a revival and and he’d be dangerous to discount if he were to recapture his old ability.

9 LE BREUIL – Has been disappointing this term but won the National Hunt Chase in 2019 and has experience of the Aintree Grand National fences which might help him as he switches to these obstacles.

Ben Pauling’s charge was last seen finishing a poor fourth in the Edinburgh National, but he had gone with some zest the time before and if taking to this wholly different test he could post a big run.

12 SOME NECK – Shaped well on his first try over the banks when finishing third in the Risk Of Thunder Chase at Punchestown prior to gaining a short-head verdict over reopposing Defi Des Carres in the December edition of this contest where he gave that rival 7lbs.

This is off level weights and a recent spin over hurdles back at Punchestown behind Atlantic Shore ought to have sharpened him up ahead of this assignment where he could go well under Richard Johnson.

Cheltenham Tote Place tips for day two. Ben Pauling sends Le Breuil over the Cross-country fences.

Cheltenham Tote Place tips for day two. Ben Pauling sends Le Breuil over the Cross-country fences.

4:15 Cheltenham – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m

4 IBLEO – Going from strength to strength over fences, winning his last two starts and beat The Big Bite latest at Doncaster. That form has since been franked and Venetia Williams’ charge has further scope to improve again.

Better ground ought not to hinder and the Dick Turpin gelding can continue to progress where he can make his presence felt.

5 SKY PIRATE – Struck back-to-back wins at this venue – beat Ibleo – and Warwick before finding the step up to Grade Two company too much in the Kingmaker Chase where he was readily brushed aside by Allmankind.

Possibly wasn’t suited by the way that race worked out and he could be better served by this bigger field and ease in class so he rates a big player.


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