Tote Placepot Selections for Day 4 of the York Ebor Meeting

Muntahaa and Jim Crowley winning the Ebor at York 2018

The final day of the Ebor meeting at York and with it being a Saturday, the placepot pool is likely to be tasty. You can win big with just a small stake 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!

Below you can find our selections for Day 4 of the York Ebor Festival:

Race 1 – 1.50 Sky Bet and Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) – 1m 177y (ITV)

MISS O’CONNOR looked in need of the run on her return to action. The rain this week is in her favour and having won at this level at the back end of 2019, she has nothing to prove at this level.

Race 2 – 2.25 Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (2) – 1m 5f 188y (ITV)

PUNCTUATION has not been able to show his best this season. A Group 2 field, a troubled run and a bad stumble have given him excuses the last thrice. These big handicaps are often worth putting a big price into your placepot and he fits that model.

Race 3 – 3.00 Sky Bet City of York Stakes (Group 2) – 7f (ITV)

ESCOBAR has shown smart form at this track in the past with Jamie Spencer in the plate. He travelled well before a bump at Goodwood cost him momentum. He rarely runs a poor race, rating ideal placepot material.

Race 4 – 3.30 Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (2) – 1m 5f 188y (ITV)

PONDUS runs in his first handicap here, with a mark of 106 looking on the low side given the form he has in the book. Connections have gradually been building him up with the second half of the season in mind, starting here.

Race 5 – 4.10 Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed) – 5f (ITV)

BEN MACDUI wasn’t ideally drawn at Glorious Goodwood but showed great speed when runner-up at Group 3 level. This is a step down in class and a similarly speedy track at this trip is ideal.

Race 6 – 4.40 Sky Bet Handicap (2) – 1m 2f 56y (RTV)

SINJAARI should be tough to keep out of the frame here having won the John Smiths Cup over course and distance last time. He’s eight pounds higher but this is a shade less competitive and he won’t mind the recent rain.

Saturday Placepot Selections

  • Race 1: Miss O’Connor
  • Race 2: Punctuation
  • Race 3: Escobar
  • Race 4: Pondus
  • Race 5: Ben Macdui
  • Race 6: Sinjaari

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. Add your selections to that leg and continue until you have at least one horse in all six races.
  3. If you are happy with your selections, add your stake to the betslip and click “place bet”.
  4. 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 so 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 and 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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