A glance at the list below shows which tracks favourite backers may want to concentrate their efforts on, as they provided the most profitable winners in recent years.
Clear Favourites: Jumps 2013-2017
Ludlow 170-421 (40%) +£26
Leicester 98-236 (42%) +£26
Taunton: 162-404 (40%) +£11
Ascot: 81-203 (40%) +£8
Musselburgh: 108-278 (39%) +£4
Newcastle: 111-284 (39%) +£4
Carlisle: 137-340 (40%) +£1
Uttoxeter has raced up the chart for winning favourites in recent times, courtesy of a three-year record that shows at 179-435 (+£56) – Get Ready Freddy (9/4), Vivas (4/1), Aristocracy (3/1) just several recent examples from September 2017.
As for punters looking for a more adventurous payout, then the Placepot remains one of the most popular bets across the betting shops, online firms and racecourses on a daily basis, as punters can win a tidy sum for just a small outlay.
However, this bet continually falls under the radar of many owing to a lack of exposure and statistics available, but with a new season about to get underway, now is a good time to get involved, or if you are already a player, then the following meetings during the next few weeks could be ones to target as they regularly paid out handsome dividends.
While there are never any guarantees as to how big a Placepot will pay, the fact certain fixtures that staged a similar racecard tells us which races caught the majority of pool players out – whether it’s a four-runner beginners’ chase, or the concluding bumper. So without further delay, here are a tasty batch of potential meetings which could supply Place-potters with some Christmas cash…
Saturday 4 November, Ascot
Last five year’s dividends: £1,230; £222; £132; £330; £111 – Average: £405.
Pointers: A consistent three-figure dividend was paid out at this fixture down the years, prior to the £1k mark being passed in 2016. The three big handicaps (two chases and one hurdle) proved key in terms of getting the favourite beaten, while the jolly was unplaced in four of the first five races on last year’s card.
Sunday 12 November, Sandown
Last five year’s dividends: £703; £782; £791; £724; £79 – Average: £616.
Pointers: Last November saw an incredible fourth consecutive payout of £700+ for this superb fixture, which boasts a good long-term history. As for which races aided the payout, then several of the handicaps saw the favourite out of the frame on a regular basis, including the opening conditional jockey’s hurdle where the jolly finished fifth of 7 in 2016, and fifth of 8 in 2015.
Friday 17 November, Cheltenham
Last five year’s dividends: £208; £242; £43; £589; £158 – Average: £248.
Pointers: While Saturday’s flagship meeting produced the main action of this three-day meeting, Friday’s card still averaged almost £250, with the 2m handicap chase witnessing the favourite out of the frame in five of the last six years.
Saturday 18 November, Cheltenham
Last five year’s dividends: £1,898; £8,526; £28; £150; £196 – Average: £2,160.
Pointers: The £100 barrier was broken during four of the last five years on BetVictor Gold Cup Day where the main race itself contributed towards throwing a majority of ‘potters’ out the pool. Indeed, the big-race jolly has now been unplaced in 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012 and 2011, while the last seven placed runners in the following Listed 3m handicap hurdle returned at 20/1, 8/1, 12/1, 14/1, 8/1, 12/1 and 16/1.
Sunday 19 November, Cheltenham
Last five year’s dividends: £440; £80; £194; £39; £133 – Average: £177.
Pointers: The final day of this three-day meeting seems to be going in the right direction thanks to a £440 dividend last season. The Greatwood Hurdle has seen the jolly out of the frame in four of the last five years.
Sunday 19 November, Fontwell
Last five year’s dividends: £223; £169; £53; £124; £491 – Average: £212.
Pointers: The handicaps again proved best in getting the favourite unplaced, with the favourite unplaced in four of the last five renewals of the Southern National Chase (3m3f).
Tuesday 21 November, Fakenham
Last five year’s dividends: £64; £256; £88; £811; £43 – Average: £252.
Pointers: A low dividend last year, but a fair long-term record suggests this meeting is worth another chance for a decent dividend. The last five renewals, of the 2m conditional jockeys’ handicap chase, saw the favourite unplaced, unlike the mares’ handicap chase, in which the favourite could be considered as “banker” material having been placed during the last five editions.
Sunday 26 November, Exeter
Last five dividends: £106; £53; £105; £544; £182 – Average: £235.
Pointers: A nice flow of consistency for Place-potters at this ‘quiet’ fixture, with four of the last five meetings staged (abandoned in 2012) paying out in excess of £100, thanks mainly to the 3m handicap chase in which the favourite regularly miss the frame.
Saturday 9 December, Aintree
Last five year’s dividends: £637; £333; £225; £363; £154 – Average: £342.
Pointers: A change in the racing calendar from it’s usual spot in November has not broken the sequence of fantastic £150+ payouts on this superb racecard. The main reason were the three competitive handicap chases, including both the Becher and Grand Sefton.
Saturday 9 December, Wetherby
Last five year’s dividends: £57; £142; £437; £1,177; £5,370 – Average: £1,437.
Pointers: Although this meeting’s dividends have slid during the last five years, it’s overall average is still healthy with four of those years paying £140+. The last two renewals of the 3m handicap hurdle saw the favourite unplaced.