Day Two Royal Ascot placepot tips – Tote placepot selections and permutation

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We’ve picked out our day two Royal Ascot placepot tips as we assess a top-class racecard for Wednesday’s Festival feature meeting.

The second day of the 2020 Royal Ascot Festival goes to post on Wednesday and many punters will be trying their hand at landing a share of the Tote Placepot which is always a popular bet at the big horse racing festivals.

Offering a chance to win big for a relatively modest outlay, 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; but while this increases the chances of winning, it also increases the punter’s stakes.


The Tote Placepot 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. 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; minimum total stake for a Tote Placepot is £1 with minimum unit stake of just 5p per line.

Ideally to win big the favourites should fail to make the places and as a rule of thumb the more favourites who lose out the bigger the likely payout should be,

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We’ve looked over the second day racecard and give our Royal Ascot placepot tips for Wednesday as we try to land a share of the Tote Placepot.


1:15 Royal Ascot – Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (A Consolation Race For The Royal Hunt Cup) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m (3 places)

4 BRIAN EPSTEIN – Progressed with each start last term and returned to winning ways with success at Musselburgh in June where he ran out a three lengths’ winner. Richard Hannon’s charge improved again on his recent reappearance where the Dark Angel colt found only one too strong and he should strip fitter for that return. Turned out quickly and due to go up 3lbs he has to be respected racing from the same mark as on his return and the yard are already amongst the winners this week.

14 SALAYEL – Showed some useful form when trained in the United Arab Emirates and the Bated Breath filly has performed with plenty of credit in four starts since joining Roger Varian, making the frame on all four starts last term which include finishing fourth in a big field at York. Found only Nazeef too strong over this trip at Newmarket when last seen and the return of a hood might just jolt him into further improvement so could run well.

17 MAYDANNY – Finished runner-up on both starts as a juvenile and showed marked progress to step up and open his account on his reappearance at Yarmouth earlier in June, beating Arigato by four lengths. Mark Johnston’s charge is a half-brother to the high-class Elarqam and he could have more to offer as a lightly-raced sort sort so no surprise to see him feature.

Our day two Royal Ascot placepot tips features a Roger Varian-trained runner.

Our day two Royal Ascot placepot tips features a Roger Varian-trained runner.

1:50 Royal Ascot – Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f (3 places)

4 JUAN ELCANO – Showed good form as a juvenile, finishing third behind Threat in the Champagne Stakes on his final start of the season and took another forward step in finishing fifth to Kameko in the recent 2000 Guineas. Could improve again with that run under his belt although a slight concern this could come quick enough; but if none the worse for his Classic exertions he should take this step up in trip on breeding and can go close.

8 RUSSIAN EMPEROR – Finished third to the useful Iberia on his debut last summer and duly built on that to get off the mark returning from eight months off at Naas in March. The Galileo colt improved again to get to within a half-length of a Group Three win in what was a messy race and he can make his presence felt here with a repeat if the run doesn’t come too soon just eight days on with a stronger pace likely to see him a better light.

2:25 Royal Ascot – King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f (3 places)

3 BRIGHT MELODY – Won on his debut at Chelmsford in January and improved upped to a Group Three contest latest where he finished third to Berlin Tango. Charlie Appleby’s charge might just have needed that and should be sharper for this latest outing where his mark could underestimate him. Steps up in trip which should suit and applied with cheekpieces which can offer improvement so looks set for a big run.

4 CONVICT – Got better with every start last term, winning two of her last three outings at Redcar and when stepped up to ten furlongs at Newmarket latest where he ran out a four lengths’ winner over King’s Caper. William Haggas’ Australia colt was a ready winner that day, overcoming a tardy start and shaping as if he’d be even better over a longer trip. He gets that here and the extra quarter-mile could bring about further improvement so he could make his presence felt.

17 WIN O’CLOCK – Showed turf to hold no fears when making a winning transition from the all-weather at Haydock earlier in the month and Roger Charlton’s Australia colt could run well in his follow up bid. He had two lengths to spare over Aquileo, scoring readily, and a 4lbs penalty for that success leaves him well treated at the weights with him due to go up a further 5lbs in future. Longer trip to contend with here which should suit and the red-hot Hollie Doyle rides so no surprise to see the pair in the mix with improvement likely.

3:00 Royal Ascot – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f (3 places)

5 JAPAN – Sets the standard on last season’s exploits where Aidan O’Brien’s charge scored a brace of Group One victories which includes over this trip in the Juddmonte International prior to posting a very good fourth in the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe behind Waldgeist. Has course-winning form in the book having won the King Edward VII Stakes at this fixture twelve months ago and likely to be hard to beat. The day two Royal Ascot placepot tips banker to make the frame and a surprise if he isn’t involved.

Japan can keep our day two Royal Ascot placepot tips rolling.

Japan can keep our day two Royal Ascot placepot tips rolling.

3:35 Royal Ascot – Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m (3 places)

14 BELL ROCK – Lightly-raced sort who struggled to get competitive in Pattern company last term but appeared to find her niche when handicapping for the first time on her reappearance at Newmarket earlier in the month. The Kingman gelding won a shade cosily from Ouzo on that occasion and has the potential for better still so could make light of a 5lbs penalty in her bid to follow up in this contest where she can make the frame.

16 DARK VISION – Won his first three career starts which include a Goodwood Group Two; but the Dream Ahead colt is winless since although has proven a largely consistent sort with a string of solid runs in defeat. Mark Johnston’s charge hinted at a revival on his recent reappearance at Newcastle eariler in the month when finding only one too good behind Sir Busker and the third has won since. He could still be on a workable mark and every chance he can make his presence felt in this competitive contest.

4:10 Royal Ascot – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f (3 places)

2 CHIEF LITTLE HAWK – Scored readily on his debut at Navan earlier in the month, running out a one length winner over The Blue Panther where he showed plenty of speed and finished with running left. The Air Force Blue colt boasts a speedy American pedigree and he likely has more to offer with improvement forthcoming although the change in the ground is a slight worry given his breeding. However if the slower conditions don’t catch him out then he could post a big run.

8 MIGHTY GURKHA – Made a taking first impression when blitzing rivals on the all-weather at Lingfield earlier in the month and Archie Watson’s charge can improve for that experience. The Sepoy colt was fractious at the start but blazed a trail to the winning post and likely has more to come on the back of that performance so could build on the run to follow up in this competitive Placepot closer. He showed no lack of speed in that first run and while conditions will be softer as he switches to turf he could prove a classy prospect who can take the step up in class in his stride.


3 x 2 x 3 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 72 Bets