Saturday Royal Ascot placepot tips – Tote Placepot picks for Ascot’s final day

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

The fifth and final day of the 2020 Royal Ascot Festival goes to post on Saturday 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 £248.90 to £1 winning unit.

The Tote have 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. For more details on the Tote new customer offer see this dedicated page on how to claim and also find out about the Tote SP price guarantee!

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


12:40 Royal Ascot – Silver Wokingham Handicap (A Consolation Race For The 2020 Wokingham Stakes) Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

5 BLUE MIST – Course and distance winner in 2018 and ran better than his form figures suggest last term where he failed to add to his tally although his best run came back here when finishing third in the International Handicap. Possibly just needed his recent return and should strip fitter while the drop in trip is an interesting move.

10 APLOMB – Won twice last term and has some useful course and distance form in the book, twice going close here including on softer ground on his penultimate run of the season. Having shaped well on his return at Newmarket over shorter he should appreciate the return to this trip and no surprise to see him run well.

1:15 Royal Ascot – Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

13 SACRED – Weak in the betting ahead of her debut but belied market fears to strike readily over Sardinia Sunset at Newmarket and looks sure to improve. William Haggas’ charge looked a useful prospect, quickening up well and she can go well if not inconvenienced by her low draw.

14 SANDS OF TIME – Bolted up by five lengths on her debut on the Lingfield polytrack earlier in the month, making all and showing plenty of speed to score in a good time. Has more on her plate now switching to turf but she could have more to offer and her dam finished runner-up in this race so no surprise if she ran well with the yard’s juveniles in decent fettle.

We’re backing William Haggas in our Saturday Royal Ascot placepot tips.

1:50 Royal Ascot – Coventry Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

4 CREATIVE FORCE – Showed plenty on his debut to score at Newmarket, readily beating Imperial Force by just over a length, making all and knuckling down well to seal the win. That form has been boosted with the runner-up finishing third in the Norfolk Stakes and Charlie Appleby’s charge can find improvement on the back of that first run to go close.

5 DARK LION – Far from disgraced when finishing fourth on debut at Newmarket recently, running green and failing to handle the dip at Flat HQ; but he caught the eye running on well late in the race behind Creative Force and will know more about what is expected this time. Yard has been amongst the winners this week and he can improve on that first run to take a hand here.

15 TALBOT – Impressive when scoring at Lingfield on debut, beating Jojo Rabbit who has since won and also run eighth in the Norfolk Stakes, Brian Meehan’s charge can show progress on the back of that first run to post a big effort here. Probably has a bit to find switching to turf but gave a very good first impression and worth a crack at this higher level

2:25 Royal Ascot – Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

1 ALPINE STAR – Built on debut promise to win both subsequent outings last term which included a Curragh Group Two contest where she beat Petite Mustique by a short-head. A well-related sort out of the family of the yard’s Alpha Centauri she probably needs to improve again but she rates a smart prospect and Jessica Harrington’s charge can progress this term to make her presence felt here with Dettori booked.

4 QUADRILATERAL – Won all three juvenile starts and lost no caste in finishing third in the 1000 Guineas where she wasn’t seen to best effect. The Frankel filly is likely to be sharper now for that reappearance and likely to improve she can reverse that Classic form with runner-up Cloak Of Spirits now with the run under her belt.

Quadrilateral carries our Saturday Royal Ascot placepot tips in the Coronation Stakes.

3:00 Royal Ascot – St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

7 WICHITA – Dual-scorer last term who finished a good third behind Pinatubo in the Dewhurst although might have been hindered by the soft ground that day. Showed he had trained on when finishing only a neck second to Kameko in the 2000 Guineas with Pinatubo behind and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can improve on that effort especially if the ground continues to dry out. Might prove stronger than the Godolphin star at the finish over this trip and could get back to winning ways.

3:35 Royal Ascot – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 6f

2 HELLO YOUMZAIN – Floundered in the heavy ground when last seen in the British Champions Sprint but had taken the Haydock Sprint Cup the time before and Kevin Ryan’s charge can bounce back. The Kodiac colt is still lightly raced and may yet have more to offer as a sprinter given he’s won four of seven starts at this distance and will handle drying ground. If wound up on his return he can go close.

10 ONE MASTER – Dual-winner of the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs but proved six furlongs no issue when finishing less than two lengths behind Advertise in the Maurice De Gheest and the Fastnet Rock filly was only one length off Donjuan Triumphant in the British Champions Sprint when last seen. A repeat of that effort would put her in the mix and while the ground won’t be quite so testing she can nevertheless run well although she won’t want conditions to dry out too much.


2 x 2 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 2 = 48 bets