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Placepot Pointers - Tote's tips at Leopardstown on September 11

  • We bring you Tote's Placepot Pointers on Saturday 11th September
  • Irish Champions Weekend kicks off at Leopardstown on Saturday
  • Mother Earth is Tote's placepot banker in the Matron Stakes
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Mother Earth (left) winning the 1000 Guineas. (Getty)
Freetips staff 11 Sep 2021
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Irish Champions Weekend kicks off in flying fashion today, with two Group One races headlining the action at Leopardstown. Along with the Matron and Irish Champion Stakes, viewers have four further pattern races and the Petingo Handicap to sink their teeth into.

A popular multiple bet on major race days like today is the Tote Placepot. We've taken a look at Tote's website to see which horses they suggest including in your Placepot at on day one of Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown.

*All content taken from Tote's website*

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Tote's Placepot at Leopardstown on September 11

Leg 1 Panama Red & Limiti Di Greccio
Leg 2 Atomic Jones & Once Upon A River
Leg 3 Mother Earth
Leg 4 Maker Of Kings & Fev Rover
Leg 5 St Mark's Basilica & Poetic Flare
Leg 6 Earlswood

2 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 1 = 16 lines

The Big Trend

Not only is Ger Lyons in top form in recent weeks, but his juveniles have been flying all season. The trainer is operating at a 30% strike-rate with his 2yos, with 60% of them finishing in the frame. He sends out a trio of youngsters on the opening day of Irish Champions Weekend.

PANAMA RED (Leg 1 - 12:40) pulled out plenty when Colin Keane got serious at Limerick to score quite handsomely, with Wednesday’s Cork winner Viareggio down the field. She’s a sister to Hugo Palmer’s prolific all-weather winner Power Of States and should be in the mix if showing a similar level of form. 

ATOMIC JONES and ONCE UPON A RIVER represent the Lyons team in the second race of the day (13:10). The former came out on top in a tight finish on debut at the Curragh while the latter built on a solid debut to win from the front at Roscommon. She’s a daughter of the classy Cassandra Go and is related to Magical so there’s sure to be plenty more to come.

Placepot Banker

MOTHER EARTH (Leg 3 - 13:40) might not have achieved a Group 1 win as a juvenile, but she’s making up for that this year, turning into one of the top milers in the land. The Guineas winner has finished in the frame in all five Group 1 outings this year, and in truth, this looks no stronger. As a 3yo, she gets weight from a number of her main rivals, despite the fact she’s the highest rated in the field. She’s tough, consistent, adaptable when it comes to the ground, and looks a Matron Stakes winner in waiting for Aidan O’Brien.

Outsider to Consider

Two spots behind the aforementioned Mother Earth in the Newmarket Classic, FEV ROVER (Leg 4 - 14:10) might be overlooked in the subsequent race. While she was a winner on testing ground in France as a juvenile, she put up a career best when encountering quick ground on the Rowley Mile. She came out second best during a bit of scrimmaging in her two subsequent races when down the field in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes. 

This is a much more winnable race for Richard Fahey’s filly, and with top two finishes on all four starts outside of Group 1 company, she’s pretty consistent at this level. She comes out third best at the weights but looks likely to go off a double-figure price. That looks too big, and she’s a viable outsider for your perm.

Torpedo Leg

While the feature race, the Irish Champion Stakes (Leg 5 - 14:45) lacks numbers, it doesn’t lack in quality. Three of the four have won at least two Group 1 races, and with just the winner counting towards the Placepot, it could be a top-tier exit for lots of units.

We’re siding with the 3yo colts to see our perm through with a slight worry about whether Tarnawa is at her best on this ground over the 10f trip.

ST MARK’S BASILICA has shown himself to be the best in his generation over the trip, taking the French Guineas and Derby double before winning the Eclipse back in the UK. This is his first run at home in Ireland since finishing third in the National Stakes last year, but he’s clearly improved since then and is better over this sort of distance.

POETIC FLARE is yet to try this trip, but the 2000 Guineas winner is a full brother to a 12f winner (who also won two 10f Listed races), and hasn’t looked like stopping in his races over a mile so far. He came out second best in a ding dong with Palace Pier last time, but could yet make amends here.

*All content taken from Tote's website*

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