Right, Days 1, 2 and 3 have come and gone without any great success in the Placepot, but why give up now? Here's our Day 4 selections.
The final day of the festival at Cheltenham is almost always the hardest day to win the Tote Placepot but the payouts are often huge.
To win the Tote Placepot at Cheltenham you must pick a horse to be placed in each of the first six races. Last year the Placepot paid €4,332.10 for a €1 bet and the year before it paid €41,288.40 - a simply astounding payout for picking a horse to be placed in six races.
We came fairly close on the opening three days, managing to pick placed horses in five, five and four of the six races respectively.
So it makes no sense to give up now, particularly as there could be a colossal pot to play for.
Right, the first race is the Triumph Hurdle and Philip Hobbs is very sweet on Sadler's Risk so we’ll include him. We’ll also side with the Willie Mullins-trained Darroun.
Into the County Hurdle, one of three fiendishly difficult handicaps on the final day. Moon Dice won the Galway Hurdle for Paul Flynn and ran very well when fourth here last time out, while drying ground gives him a great chance. We’ll also go with the well-fancied Citizenship from the Jessie Harrington yard.
The third race is the Albert Bartlett and we'll try to get Boston Bob beaten here. Yes, he’s been impeccable all year and is a strong fancy for this race, but we need these hot favourites to miss out on a place to bump up the dividend. Instead we'll go with Grand Vision, who seemed to benefit from the extreme distance last time out, when he had this week's Festival winners Cape Tribulation and Alfie Sherrin in behind.
We'd also like to have Brindisi Breeze onside.
The fourth race is the feature of the week, the Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Long Run and Kauto Star will be very popular but Kauto is 12 now and has had a rotten preparation so for Placepot purposes we’ll stick with Long Run.
The Foxhunters Chase is next and regularly throws up outsiders so with a big dividend in mind we will include an outsider, Salsify for Rodger Sweeney. We’ll also pick Chapoturgeon, who's a Festival winner in the past. For the last leg we’ll go with Bourne and Empire Levant.
Your number of selections are 2x2x2x1x2x2=32 units at €1 each, which brings the total cost to €32. However, you can always do it to a 50 cent stake if the €32 is on the high stakes side for you, in which case your, er, "investment" comes to €16.
Cheltenham, Day 4 Tote Placepot selections:
Race 1: 6, 15
Race 2: 3, 27
Race 3: 5, 9
Race 4: 7
Race 5: 5, 20
Race 6: 4, 14
Good luck all!
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