Thursday Royal Ascot placepot tips – Selections for day three’s Tote Placepot

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

The third day of the 2020 Royal Ascot Festival goes to post on Thursday 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 third day racecard and give our Thursday Royal Ascot placepot tips for day three as we try to land a share of the Tote Placepot.


1:15 Royal Ascot – Golden Gates Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m2f (3 places)

4 HYPOTHETICAL – Won on the polytrack at Chelmsford on debut last term and stepped up on that effort tried over this trip on his return, finishing fourth to Berlin Tango in the Classic Trial. He travelled well for a long way having helped to force the pace but can get a lead this time and there’s likely better to come stepping into a handicap from an attractive mark.

6 ACQUITTED – Won two of his three starts last term before finding only one too good on his handicap debut at Newcastle recently. The winner looked a smart prospect so little caste lost in that defeat and may still be feasibly weighted despite 4lbs rise. Step up in trip a good move and he can make his presence felt.

1:50 Royal Ascot – Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f (3 places)

12 REGAL REALITY – Has plenty of high-class form to his name, winning a Sandown Group Three contest last term and locking horns with Enable in the Coral Eclipse where he was only beaten three lengths. Went off the boil thereafter and a change of tactics when last seen didn’t work out. Can do better returning fresh although wouldn’t want too much rain and he has the form to go close down in class.

13 SIR DRAGONET – Won his first two starts including the Chester Vase and ran a blinder in the Epsom Derby to finish fifth and beaten less than one length. Subsequently fourth in the St Leger he’ll be fitter for a recent return at Naas and can build on that effort to post another solid run. Placed both previous starts at this trip and won’t mind softer ground so can go well here with Ryan Moore up.

Sir Dragonet is one of three possible Aidan O'Brien runners in the Coronation Cup.

Sir Dragonet runs in the Wolferton Stakes.

2:25 Royal Ascot – Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 7f (3 places)

2 CELESTIN – French raider who won twice in heavy ground last term and has shown progress on both starts this term including when finishing a close fourth behind Victor Ludorum in the French 2000 Guineas recently. That form gives him solid claims and first-time cheekpieces could see him improve further. The more rain the better for him and he can go close.

8 MOLATHAM – Dual-winner last term, scoring in a Listed race at Doncaster and not disgraced finishing fourth to Military March in the Group Three Autumn Stakes which might have stretched him. He’s back at seven furlongs here and earlier defeat of Wichita at Doncaster reads well now. He could have more to come this term and if fully wound up on return ought to run well although softer ground would be a worry.

3:00 Royal Ascot – Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 7f (3 places)

2 BRIGHT DEVIL – Won at the first time of asking, making all to score at Newmarket and with Andrew Balding’s team in good heart he could improve for that effort. He appeared to win a shade readily and is bred to get this longer trip so should make his presence felt under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

5 GOLDEN FLAME – Met with defeat on his first start but ran well in the main and possibly bumped into a useful prospect. Although no match for the winner he pulled clear of the rest and could show more with this stiffer track likely to suit. Softer ground would be no concern and he’s bred to get further than this so a stamina test will suit and he can go close.

3:35 Royal Ascot – Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f (3 places)

4 STRADIVARIUS – Outstanding dual-winner of this race and ought to be hard to beat stepping back up in trip having found the Coronation Cup distance far too sharp on his recent return. Slight worry this might come soon enough but he’s the class act in the field and underfoot conditions will be no problem so he’s hard to oppose. He’s the Friday Royal Ascot Placepot tips banker.

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4:10 Royal Ascot – Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m (3 places)

2 VERBOTEN – Won well on his debut before being thrust into the Vertem Futurity Trophy, eventually finishing seventh to Kameko. That form has worked out and he was only beaten one length on his reappearance at Lingfield when last seen despite not having the race run to suit and racing from the widest berth. Will be suited by the return to one mile and remains with scope from a handicap rating that should be within his range.

19 ENEMY – Struck on his debut at this venue last September but laboured back from a break at Yarmouth earlier in the month where he finished a close runner-up behind Mister Snowdon. He burned a few fingers that day where he failed to land odds-on, but he could have more to offer now handicapping and an opening mark of 89 might underestimate him. No surprise to see him run well here stepping up in trip now.


2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 2 = 32 Bets