Mal Boyle's Placepot Picks

  • By: Mal Boyle
  • Last Updated: October 3 2015, 20:31 BST

Placepot expert Mal Boyle brings you his analysis for Sunday afternoon's meeting at Huntingdon.

Each day Malcolm Boyle, the author of How To Win at the Tote Placepot and a former odds compiler, will give his unique analysis.

He'll assess the next day's leading meeting the previous afternoon/evening before posting selections the following morning, usually by 1000 BST.


Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:

2014: £318.10 (6 favourites - 2 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced)

1.50 14 Placepot races have created 15 favourites at Huntingdon this season, statistics which have produced 15 winners, 15 placed and 5 unplaced market leaders (exact science). The average toteplacepot dividend via two meetings stands at £225.35. Going back further using the calendar year, nine meetings have produced an average dividend of £136.01. Two of the three winners in the line up look set to battle out the finish from my viewpoint, with MAPUTO preferred to REGULATION on this occasion. Unbeaten after two assignments to date, John Ferguson's raider MAPUTO was an 18 length winner on good ground last time out, form which definitely favours the selection here I'll wager.

Favourite factor: 10 of the 12 favourites have finished in the frame to date. Five favourites have prevailed thus far, whilst all 11 gold medallists were returned at odds of 12/1 or less.

Huntingdon record of runners in the first race:

No qualifiers

2.25 Gary Moore gains more than his fair share of winners at Huntingdon and the five pound claimer aboard GOLANOVA could enable the seven-year-old to return to winning form in this grade/company. Oliver Sherwood's two course and distance winners MILGEN BAY and BERTIE'S DESIRE are likely to give the selection most to do at the business end of the contest.

Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Huntingdon card.

Huntingdon record of runners in the second race:

Tangolan (2 runs - 1 winner & 1 unplaced)
Shockingtimes (1 run - placed)
Milgen Bay (5 runs - 2 wins - 2 placed - 1 unplaced)
Bertie's Desire (2 runs - 1 win & 1 placed)
Golanova (1 run - unplaced)
Giant O Murchu (1 run - unplaced)

3.05 Out of interest in totequadpot contests (races 3-4-5-6 on the card) this season at Huntingdon to date, four of the nine favourites have won, two were placed and three finished out of the frame. Juvenile hurdle events are captivating at this time of year, hoping to witness a star in the making under NH rules. 10 of the last 12 winners of this event have won at odds of 9/2 or less and I could back the run of fancied winners to continue via CONSORTIUM and PHILBA who look to have been well placed by their respective trainers (Neil KIng and Michael Appleby) in a race which should not take a great deal of winning. The reserve nomination is awarded to DAREBIN.

Favourite factor: Five clear market leaders have won via 14 renewals, alongside one joint favourite. 11 of the 15 market leaders have claimed toteplacepot positions.

Huntingdon record of runners in the third race:

No qualifiers

3.35 This looks to be a tight handicap which will take some sorting, even though I believe that Walden Prince might have done his winning for now. I am left with HALLING'S WISH, YABADABADOO and LE FIN BOIS to get us to assess over my favourite late night tipple/Sunday morning brunch.

Favourite factor: The inaugural 15/8 favourite duly obliged before last year's 10/11 market leader could only finish second in a four runner 'win only' event.

Huntingdon record of runners in the fourth race:

Walden Prince (2 runs - both unplaced)
Breaking The Bank (2 runs - both unplaced)
Yabadabadoo (one run - placed)
Trojan Star (1 run - unplaced)

4.05 Only two horses in the field have contested races at Huntingdon as you can see below and having both performed well enough in the relevant contests, OCCASIONALLY YOURS and TIRADIA demand to be included in my toteplacepot mix. The seven pound claimer aboard OCCASIONALLY YOURS has ridden a couple of winners already whereby Alan Blackmore's eleven-year-old could land his hat trick. FLASHMAN would give both horses a good run for their collective monies on the best of his form, though after six assignments over timber, trainer Gray Moore will have been disappointed by his efforts under the NH code to date.

Favourite factor: Last year's 13/8 favourite found one (4/1 chance) too good when two of the three market leaders finished 12 lengths clear of their rivals.

Huntingdon record of runners in the fifth race:

Occasionally Yours (6 runs - 1 win - 2 placed - 3 unplaced)
Tiradia (5 runs - 1 win - 3 placed - 1 unplaced)

4.40 Horses aged seven or more have secured seven of the 10 renewals thus far and hoping the trend is extended in the toteplacepot finale, I’m offering MISS MAYFAIR, STAY IN MY HEART and BOHERNA LADY against the remaining four contenders in this 'dead eight' event. MISS MAYFAIR was a course and distance winner here last time out and Lawney Hill might well have found the race for her eight-year-old to follow up successfully.

Favourite factor: Two favourites have won via 10 renewals during the last 11 years, whilst six of the 13 market leaders have finished in the money.

Huntingdon record of runners in the toteplacepot finale:

Stay In My Heart (1 run - unplaced)
Miss Mayfair (1 run - won)
Love The Leader (1 run - unplaced)

All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and

** = joint favourite; *** = co-favourite (where applicable).

Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Huntingdon card on Sunday

4--Gary Moore
2--Diana Grissell
2--Ben Haslam
2--Lawney Hill
2--Alan King
2--Neil King
2--Phil Kirby
2--Seamus Mullins
2--John Ryan
2--Oliver Sherwood
1--Michael Appleby
1--Kim Bailey
1--Alan Blackmore
1--Michael Blake
1--David Bridgwater
1--Ben Case
1--Patrick Chamings
1--Robin Dickin
1--Tim Easterby
1--Johnny Farrelly
1--John Ferguson
1--Denis Gerard Hogan
1--John Jenkins
1--Emma Lavelle
1--Charlie Mann
1--Donald McCain
1--Phil McEntee
1--Laura Mongan
1--Fergal O'Brien
1--Hugo Palmer
1--Mark Pitman
1--Brendan Powell
1--Martin Smith
1--Jamie Snowden
1--Henry Spiller
1--Kristin Stubbs
1--John Upson
1--Tim Vaughan
1--Nick Williams

51 declared runners

2015 average toteplacepot returns thus far (1120 meetings):
Four meetings with no favourites in the frame: £924.37 (4)
1 race with at least one favourite in the frame: £1,473.81 (25)
2 races with at least one favourite in the frame: £984.19 (113)
3 races with at least one favourite in the frame: £478.83 (294)
4 races with at least one favourite in the frame: £278.98 (360)
5 races with at least one favourite in the frame: £66.84 (247)
6 races with at least one favourite in the frame: £18.87 (76)
One meeting was abandoned after two races - left out of these calculations

Flat venues:
Total Flat meetings (£391.95 - 506 meetings - Average Placepot dividends)
Ascot (£715.91--15 meetings)
Ayr (£591.97--16 meetings)
Bath (£175.16--20 meetings)
Beverley (£372.94--20 meetings)
Brighton (£1,089.13--19 meetings)
Carlisle (£225.47--13 meetings)
Catterick (£345.78--14 meetings)
Chepstow (£88.73--16 meetings)
Chester (£182.88--15 meetings)
Doncaster (£562.79--21 meetings)
Epsom (£662.30--11 meetings)
Ffos Las (£291.89--7 meetings)
Goodwood (£198.50--18 meetings)
Hamilton (£306.82--18 meetings)
Haydock (£413.04--22 meetings)
Leicester (£311.95--18 meetings)
Lingfield (£337.58--7 meetings)
Musselburgh (£603.94--16 meetings)
Newbury (£1,181.62--16 meetings)
Newcastle (£395.84--16 meetings)
Newmarket (July)--£428.33--20 meetings)
Newmarket (Rowley Mile)--£150.73--13 meetings)
Nottingham (£303.44--19 meetings)
Pontefract (£440.77--14 meetings)
Redcar (£127.54--14 meetings)
Ripon (£173.93--16 meetings)
Salisbury (£75.91--15 meetings)
Sandown (£127.88--16 meetings)
Thirsk (£167.90--16 meetings)
Wetherby (£19.10--4 meetings)
Windsor (£149.10--24 meetings)
Yarmouth (£100.40--3 meetings)
York (£1,035.55--15 meetings)

All-weather venues:
Total A/W meetings (£265.02 - 222 meetings - Average Placepot dividends)
Chelmsford (£282.15--39 meetings)
Kempton (£171.45--41 meetings)
Lingfield (£447.29--47 meetings)
Southwell (£413.50--28 meetings)
Wolverhampton (£168.59--67 meetings)

National Hunt venues:
Total NH meetings (£363.49 - 378 meetings - Average Placepot dividends)
Aintree (£331.40--5 meetings)
Ascot (£264.97--3 meetings)
Ayr (£413.90--9 meetings)
Bangor (£1,220.93--10 meetings)
Carlisle (£122.35--6 meetings)
Cartmel (£279.53--8 meetings)
Catterick (£95.21--6 meetings)
Cheltenham (£257.30--9 meetings)
Chepstow (£295.57--10 meetings)
Doncaster (£161.87--6 meetings)
Exeter (£419.99--10 meetings)
Fakenham (£215.32--9 meetings)
Ffos Las (£132.92--10 meetings)
Fontwell (£240.50--13 meetings)
Haydock (£469.17--4 meetings)
Hexham (£166.22--10 meetings)
Huntingdon (£136.01--9 meetings)
Kelso (£103.29--8 meetings)
Kempton (£70.29--8 meetings)
Leicester (£82.10--5 meetings)
Lingfield (£85.65--2 meetings)
Ludlow (£131.99--9 meetings)
Market Rasen (£230.49--15 meetings)
Musselburgh (£98.40--6 meetings)
Newbury (£153.73--7 meetings)
Newton Abbot (£2,434.75--15 meetings)
Newcastle (£201.99--7 meetings)
Perth (£116.88--14 meetings)
Plumpton (£373.19--11 meetings)
Sandown (£321.09--6 meetings)
Sedgefield (£91.62--13 meetings)
Southwell (£478.53--15 meetings)
Stratford (£393.22--16 meetings)
Taunton (£248.98--12 meetings)
Towcester (£80.08--7 meetings)
Uttoxeter (£541.25--17 meetings)
Warwick (£954.92--12 meetings)
Wetherby (£666.03--8 meetings)
Wincanton (£575.61--10 meetings)
Worcester (£156.72--17 meetings)

Mixed Turf & A/W Flat meeting:
Lingfield (£394.02--13 meetings)

Mixed NH & Flat meeting:
Haydock (£1551.00--1 meeting)

The average toteplacepot dividend in 2015 stands at £373.13 (1120 meetings) up to and including Thursday October 1