Friday Royal Ascot placepot tips – Tote Placepot picks on day four

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We’ve picked out our Friday Royal Ascot placepot tips as we assess another top-class racecard for day four of the summer Festival feature meeting.

The fourth day of the 2020 Royal Ascot Festival goes to post on Friday 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. Only two favourites made the frame in Wednesday’s Tote Placepot which returned a healthy £887.60 to £1 winning unit.

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


1:15 Royal Ascot – Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 5f (3 places)

5 MAYSTAR – Three-time winner last season including on soft ground and has been running well in defeat this campaign over longer trips including when beaten only a neck in a French Listed race latest. Return to five furlongs no problem and proven in conditions so could run well making his handicap bow from a potentially lenient mark given he’s open to further progress.

6 WILL TO WIN – Progressive sort on the all-weather where he’s 4-5 on an artificial surface; but he showed turf to be no problem on debut and could find another another jolt of improvement this term. Not beaten far latest he tries five furlongs for the first time while soft ground is an unknown; but still looked to have further scope last time and could be worth chancing to run well.

9 KEEP BUSY – Enjoyed a successful but very busy juvenile campaign, winning three times which included a heavy ground Listed contest in France in November. Cut little ice on his return at Newcastle but stepped up on that run next time with a runner-up effort behind Lazuli at Sandown and will relish these deeper conditions. Top apprentice takes off 3lbs and can go well from his high draw.

Hollie Doyle can ride a winner at Royal Ascot.

Hollie Doyle can ride a winner at Royal Ascot.

1:50 Royal Ascot – Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f (3 places)

6 GOLDEN MELODY – Still looked green when making a winning debut at Haydock twelve days ago but William Haggas’ charge should improve for the experience. The ground was on the soft side that day and while conditions will be more testing he can post a big effort given he’s open to plenty of improvement.

10 SETARHE – Overcame inexperience and a slow start to win well on her debut at Newmarket earlier in the month and ought to progress on the back of that effort where she looked a smart prospect in scoring readily over Cirrus. Very different conditions now but can go well if handling the mud and she should get involved.

2:25 Royal Ascot – Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f (3 places)

9 LIPIZZANER – Shown plenty of ability in both starts but finished a narrow runner-up each time although suspicion is he bumped into an above-average sort latest. Only beaten a half-length on debut in testing ground Aidan O’Brien’s charge can progress again with the drop back in trip in the conditions no issue. He can make his presence felt and should go well again.

13 THE LIR JET – Appeared to know his job on debut, winning readily at Yarmouth and Michael Bell’s charge is sure to improve with that under his belt. Won a shade readily there where he made most of the running but conditions wholly different today and he’ll need to prove as effective on much more testing ground. Can give a good account if he handles the ground although low draw is a worry.

3:00 Royal Ascot – Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f (3 places)

2 ANTHONY VAN DYCK – Won the Lingfield Derby Trial in soft ground before landing the Epsom Classic and while he’s winless since he has run a series of solid races at the top level including at the Breeders’ Cup fixture. Had Stradivarius behind although was no match for the winner when finishing runner-up in the Coronation Cup and he sets the standard so ought to remain competitive and he should go close here.

Anthony Van Dyck

Anthony Van Dyck can be a Friday Royal Ascot tips winner.

3:35 Royal Ascot – Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 6f (3 places)

3 GOLDEN HORDE – Won twice last term including a Group Two at Goodwood as well as round off his campaign with back-to-back placed efforts in Group Ones. Clive Cox’s charge returns here having last been seen getting to within a neck of Earthlight and if he’s fully wound up on his reappearance then he can run well if handling these softer conditions.

13 WOODED – Dual-winner in France including when last seen at Chantilly in May, beating Alocasia in a Group Three contest. Also a soft-ground winner over seven furlongs the French raider boasts plenty of speed to cope with this trip and with the softer ground prevailing he’ll relish the ground so every chance of a big run.

16 MILLISLE – Three-time winner last campaign including a Group One and Jessica Harrington’s charge ran well for a long way in the recent 1000 Guineas although she appeared not to stay the longer trip. Quickly returned to sprinting which could be a good move; while she handles soft ground as shown with a defeat of Isabeau in a Curragh Listed race last August. She looks set to run well if this doesn’t come too soon.

4:10 Royal Ascot – Queen’s Vase (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6f (3 places)

1 AL DABARAN – Dual-winner last term including a Listed race here last July and showed improved form to make the frame upped in trip in subsequent starts in France in Group company. Last seen finishing a half-length runner-up to Hopeful, he steps up markedly in trip and has blinkers applied which could offer improvement. Bred to appreciate this trip and an interesting runner.

2 BERKSHIRE ROCCO – No match for Epsom Derby favourite English King at Lingfield but was nicely clear of the rest and could progress again faced with this stiffer test of stamina. A winner at Chester in August, he has to prove effective on softer ground but shaped as if muddy conditions were no issue in finishing third to Max Vega at Newmarket on her final run last term. Longer trip could eke out more for his red-hot yard.


3 x 2 x 3 x1 x 3 x 2 = 108 bets