Cheltenham Placepot Selections for Day 1 of the November Meeting

Cheltenham International 2017

It is possible to win big from a small stake at the Cheltenham November Meeting by putting a bet on a Placepot with the Tote.

You must choose a minimum of one horse from the first six races at the meeting, and if they all place you win your bet!

Cheltenham November Meeting Selections

Race 1 – 1.15 Markel Insurance Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (3) – 2m 5f (RTV)

MAGIC DANCER can run a big race for Kerry Lee in the opener. The eight-year-old was well supported when 5th here at Cheltenham last month in a hot race. He has been dropped two pounds in the weights as a result which seems lenient. David Pipe has an excellent record in the race so Induno might be the horse they all have to beat.

Race 2 – 1.50 Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (2) – 1m 7f 199y (ITV4)

ON THE SLOPES has some impressive form in the book. It would be a surprise if he didn’t fill one of the places. Richard Johnson has been booked to ride Chris Gordon’s runner who ran third behind Simply The Betts and Imperial Aura here in January. He wasn’t knocked about here on his comeback run last month and he will improve.

Race 3 – 2.25 Sss Super Alloys Supports Racing Welfare Novices’ Chase (2) – 2m 4f 44y (ITV4)

For a four runner affair, this won’t be a bad one and it can go the way of SOUTHFIELD STONE. Paul Nicholls couldn’t be in better form at the moment and he could have ran this horse in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. A recent scorer over track and trip, this is a progressive animal and he won a similarly tactical affair when last seen.

Race 4 – 3.00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2) – 3m 6f 37y (ITV4)

The race we have all been waiting for is upon us and although we usually like to go for a price in the placepot, EASYSLAND is an absolute banker place. We still don’t know what this horses’ ceiling is. He beat Tiger Roll by 17 lengths in the Cross Country at the Festival in March and won this race last year. Tiger Roll does not have a great record in this.

Race 5 – 3.35 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) – 2m 5f (ITV4)

We may well have seen a firm Festival favourite recently when DOES HE KNOW romped up here last month. He is still 40-1 for the Ballymore in March but that won’t last if he wins here. He beat a fair field there last time, and was a length behind the Albert Bartlett 8th last November on his final start of last season.

Race 6 – 4.05 Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (3) – 2m 87y (RTV)

HAZZAAR is back with trainer Tom Lacey again after a spell with Venetia Williams and there is a lot to like about his chances in the finale. The six-year-old Flemensfirth gelding won a very decent Ascot bumper on debut in 2018. He was punted off the boards into 13-8 favourite when last seen at Market Rasen back in February. You need faith to back him but Richard Johnson has been booked and 117 could be very lenient.

Friday Placepot Selections

  • Race 1: Magic Dancer
  • Race 2: On The Slopes
  • Race 3: Southfield Stone
  • Race 4: Easysland
  • Race 5: Does He Know
  • Race 6: Hazzaar

What is a Placepot and how does it work?

The Tote Placepot is a pool bet where a punter has to pick out a horse in each of the first six races at particular meeting and in order to be successful, all six runners must place.

Everything runs through the Tote pool betting operation. The size of the pool is determined by how many people play so naturally the more money bet on the Placepot the larger the pool will be.

That pool is divided among the winner so the more winners there are the smaller the winning dividend will be.

How do I put on a Placepot?

Would you like to bet on the Tote Placepot with a risk-free bet? Tote is the official provider, follow this link below to claim your risk-free bet of up to £10 and then follow these steps once you have opened your account.

  1. Go to the Multibets page, click Tote Placepot and select your meeting.
  2. You will be directed to the racecard for the first leg of the day.
  3. Add your selections to that leg and continue until you have at least one horse in all six races.
  4. If you are happy with your selections, add your stake to the betslip and click “place bet”.
  5. Remember, your stake will be multiplied by the number of lines in your Placepot.

When you are putting on your Tote Placepot bet, you can choose how brave or safe you would like to be. You can choose one horse in each race or you can choose multiple in a race. There selections are referred to as ‘lines’ in Placepot terminology.

If you do decide to add multiple lines in each race, this of course will increase your chances of picking a horse that will place. However, the more lines you place the higher the stake will be.

In order to calculate how many lines in total you have, multiply the number of lines in race one by the number of lines in race two by the number of lines in race three and so on until you get to race six.

How much does a Placepot cost?

The minimum stake per line is generally 10p. The minimum total stake is £1. You will need a minimum of 10 lines at 10p to meet minimum requirements.

For example, if you bet £1 lines on a 36-line Tote Placepot, the total stake would amount to £36.

How are the Tote Placepot places determined?

The place rules are the same across the industry and are as follows:

  • 1-4 runners: Win Only
  • 5-7 runners: 2 Places
  • 8+ runners: 3 Places
  • Handicap 12-15 runners: 3 Places
  • Handicap 16+ runners: 4 Places

How is the Tote Placepot prize pool worked out and shared?

Tote have to make their money somehow so 27% is taken out of the total pool. Then the remaining 73% will be divided among the winners of the Placepot.

For example, if the pool is £200,000, the amount taken out of the pool will be £54,000. This means £146,000 will be split among the winners and each winner may have a different return based on how many lines they have.

The best payouts tend to be on days where favourites struggle to reach the frame as favourites are very popular choices for Placepot bettors.

How to work out Tote Placepot winnings

At the end of a meeting, Tote will publish the dividend which will show what a punter would win in return for a £1 staked winning bet. Your return will be determined by the amount you stake per line and also by how many of your lines were successful.

You can work this out by multiplying the amount of winning lines in each leg together to get your total winning lines.

To then work out how much you have won, simply multiply your stake per line by the amount of winning lines you have.

For example:

If the Placepot has a dividend of £1,000 to a £1 stake and you have three winning 20p lines then you have a total of 60p going on the dividend so you win £600.


If the Placepot pays £150 to a £1 stake and you have three winning £1 lines, your total of £3 of winning bets means you win £450.

What happens if one of your legs is a non-runner?

If one of your runners turns out to be a non-runner, it will automatically go on the SP (Starting price) favourite. If there are joint or co-favourites, the lowest racecard number will count.

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