By David Myers
A glance at the list below suggests favourite backers could be scanning the racing calendar in search of the next meeting at Ludlow, as that venue has proven very receptive towards the market leader.
Indeed, the clear favourite at Ludlow has come out in front in each of the last five seasons, with Paul Moloney a rider that did well on such runners at 18-29 (+£13).
Clear Favourites: Jumps 2012-2016
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
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 Placepotters with some Christmas cash…
Saturday 29 October, Ascot
Last five year’s dividends: £222; £132; £330; £111; £540 – Average: £267.
Pointers: A consistent three-figure dividend was paid out at this fixture down the years, with the two big handicap chases proving key in terms of getting the favourite beaten. Four of the last five years saw the market leader unplaced in the showcase race, the Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase over 3m.
Sunday 6 November, Sandown
Last five year’s dividends: £782; £791; £724; £79; £21 – Average: £479.
Pointers: Three consecutive payouts of £700+ further endorse this fixture for having 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.
Friday 11 November, Cheltenham
Last five year’s dividends: £242; £43; £589; £158; £26 – Average: £212.
Pointers: While Saturday’s flagship meeting produced the main action, Friday’s card still averaged over £200, with the opening 2m handicap chase witnessing the favourite out of the frame in four of the last five years.
Saturday 12 November, Cheltenham
Last five year’s dividends: £8,526; £28; £150; £196; £1,295 – Average: £2,039.
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, courtesy of the favourite being unplaced in 2015, 2013, 2012 and 2011.
Sunday 13 November, Fontwell
Last five year’s dividends: £169; £53; £124; £491; £73 – Average: £182.
Pointers: The handicaps again proved the best areas in which to get the favourite unplaced, with the first three home in last season’s 3m3f Southern National Chase returning odds of 8/1, 12/1 & 14/1.
Tuesday 15 November, Fakenham
Last five year’s dividends: £256; £88; £811; £43; £174 – Average: £274.
Pointers: A meeting that paid £150+ in three of the last five renewals, during which years the favourite was unplaced in the 2m conditional jockeys’ handicap chase, unlike the mares’ handicap chase, in which the favourite may be considered as “banker” material having been placed during the last four editions.
Saturday 19 November, Ascot
Last five year’s dividends: £32; £157; £48; £1,461; £628 – Average: £494.
Pointers: Despite a low dividend in 2015, the £150+ barrier was smashed in three of the previous four years. Both the feature Graded events were very receptive to the first two in the market, while the 3m novices handicap chase and 2m6f handicap hurdle were good races for ignoring fancied runners.
Sunday 20 November, Exeter
Last five dividends: £53; £105; £544; £182; £291 – Average: £235.
Pointers: A nice flow of consistency for Placepotters 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 which saw the favourite regularly miss the frame.
Thursday 24 November, Thurles
Last five year’s dividends: €26; €30; €255; €663; €1,875 – Average: €570.
Pointers: Despite a couple of disappointing dividends in recent years, the long-term payouts from this meeting have been worth going after. The feature race, the Listed Chase over 2m6f proved reliable for the leading two in the market hitting the places – Sir Des Champs the latest 12 months ago.
Saturday 3 December, Aintree
Last five year’s dividends: £333; £225; £363; £154; £343 – Average: £284.
Pointers: A change in the racing calendar from it’s usual spot in November has not broken the sequence of fantastic payouts of £150+ provided on this superb racecard. The main reason was Becher Handicap Chase, in which last season’s top four home returned at 20/1, 33/1, 10/1 and 9/1 (the favourite was unplaced).