Champions Day at Ascot is upon us as the flat season nears conclusion. As always, it’s a card filled top to bottom with stars, featuring four Group 1 contests, a Group 2 and a cracking handicap to finish.
Choose at least one runner in the first six races on the card and if all of them at least place, then that’s a winning placepot! We’ve done the hard work and looked through the card for you, our Ascot placepot selections are below.
FUJAIRA PRINCE produced a huge performance to win the Ebor, looking well worth a try at this level. He shapes as if there might be more to come from him now that he steps up in trip with the return to softer ground a plus.
DREAM OF DREAMS was often the bridesmaid at this sort of level but made the breakthrough at Haydock last time. He has strong form over this course and distance to his credit and in his current form looks hard to beat.
EVEN SO looks to get back on track here having failed to settle in France when last in action. The winner of the Irish Oaks this year is far better than that and gets the chance to prove it.
PALACE PIER is yet to taste defeat in his career and should continue that unbeaten sequence. He’s improved rapidly through 2020 to twice score at this level and should be very hard to beat.
MAGICAL won this race in 2019 and looks well set to do so again in 2020. Ten furlongs is her perfect trip, producing her best run of the season last time out when winning the Irish Champion Stakes.
HORTZADAR represents the yard who have farmed this race in recent years to the tune of two winners and a pair of places. The booking of Jamie Spencer certainly catches the eye as those who have looked at our Royal Ascot stats pieces in the past will know, his record on the straight mile here is stunning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.