JMI Publications and website Owner "Ian" took over the PLACESPOTTER mantle in May 2016;
the previous incumbent since we launched in 2010 had been Charles and we thank him for his
long and excellent service and dedication to the role.

Ian will bring to PLACESPOTTER from the 13th May the kind of detailed analysis that he has
delivered to the specialist SP2A Elite Service since it launched in January 2015. We would anticipate that Placespotter will tip on one race per day, approx. 4 or 5 days per week.

Ian uses a no nonsense old fashioned form book approach to research and deliver tips and this involves looking in detail at the career record of each horse in a selected race each day. Ian then cross references form lines, Going and Track preferences, current and historic handicap marks and Trainer form, to arrive at the horse or horse(s) most likely to win, irrespective of price.

This can take up to 4 hours per race, races tend to be, big field Handicaps, that offer the best price value and also enhanced place and Bookmaker odds. This tends to deliver big priced win and place returns and in July 2016, Placespotter has consistently had one f the best returns on investment over a 3;6 and 12 month period on Racing Index, out of over 200 Tipsters.

All tips PROOFED to Racing Index and all historic results in SP2A archive

For the benefit of transparency from 1/1/18 ALL Results are recorded to SP to 1 point each way or 2 point win not to specific stakes as advised in Daily Tips e-mail

On the right hand side of the screen is the analysis for the tipster: Placespotter, you can view the data of the last 20 Tips, All Tips for the current year, 2022, and their historical data, all their tips since starting at SP2A. The final tap is a graphical representation of their tips by course. The top pie chart, shows the 10 courses that have given Placespotter, their best return’s (this is a total of the PROFIT on that course) the second Pie Chart give there least profitable course’s, again this is total profit of all tips given for that course. **Holding you mouse over each segment, will reveal the number of tips given for that course, along with the average return.**

Recent Blog Entries for Placespotter

Tipperary 7.55 Posted: 19/05/2022 19:55

SEAN - Tipperary 7.55 - Handicap Hurdle - 3 miles - 15 run (3 reserves) - Good to Yielding - dry day A fascinating little race. We have the proven Course from from a race of a few weeks ago where Lucailem and Highland Penny were second and ... [Read More]

Killarney 7.30 Posted: 16/05/2022 19:30

SEAN - Killarney - KIllarney National - 3 miles 2 furlongs - 15 run - Going Good - Showers. SHADY OPERATOR ran then ragged in this race last year, clearly likes the Course, has been over the banks in the winter and looks sure to run a big race o... [Read More]

Naas 5.15 Posted: 15/05/2022 17:15

Naas 5.15 - Handicap - 1 mile - 15 run - Good The draw bias here is more dictated by pace and getting a nice position I think rather than anything discernable about the actual Course configuration. Hale Bopp is a worthy favourite but at the... [Read More]

Redcar 4.40 Posted: 31/05/2021 16:40

Redcar 4.40 Zetland Gold Cup - Class 2 - 10 Furlongs (Good to Firm) 15 run I narrowed this race down to a short list of 5, that's 33% of the field and the ability to see out the trip is key at this course. It's looks like an easy flat 10 fu... [Read More]

Leopardstown 4.15 Posted: 09/05/2021 16:15

Leopardstown 4.15 - 1 mile 2 furlongs - Handicap - 20 run - Good to Yielding (probably closer to Yielding) A competitive race and not one to dive in on so we'll go Tracker stakes and if you wanted to go a little lower I'd not put you off. I... [Read More]

Chester 3.45 Posted: 06/05/2021 15:45

Chester 3.45 - Class 3 - Handicap - 1 mile 2 furlongs - Good to Soft - 14 run There are a few in here with very solid Course and Distance form and the only niggle is their high draw. Over this trip however I think they have time and space to sor... [Read More]

Beverley 2.56 Posted: 03/05/2021 14:56

PLACESPOTTER (Ian) - Beverley 2.56 - Class 6 - Handicap - 7 and 1/2 Furlongs - Good to Firm (Rain) An early season contest, a lot come from the AW, only a few have really decent Turf form and a couple are proven over Course and Distance. I ... [Read More]

Epsom Friday 31st May Posted: 31/05/2019 16:30

EPSOM 2.35 - A Class 2 race over 1 mile and 1/2 Furlong and the Draw has not been over kind to the most fancied selections but hopefully they can over come that. I narrowed it down to 4 runners of which FIRMANENT who ran so well for us... [Read More]

Curragh 2.20 Posted: 26/05/2019 14:20

"I can't resist a punt in this BUT the confidence is not high enough for a full tip so I will play a smaller stake on the first 2 named and a small T/C perm.  LITTLE CLARINET drawn in Stall 4 has good Course form, is on a nice mark and this... [Read More]

(Sean) Curragh 3.35 Posted: 25/05/2019 15:35

Irish 2000 Guineas - Gosden and Dettori come over with TOO DARN HOT who steps back in trip here and who will be the one to beat. It's a quick turnaround though from York and the price value may lie with PHOENIX OF SPAIN who has been la... [Read More]

Goodwood - Thursday 23rd May Posted: 23/05/2019 17:30

Goodwood 2.35 LOVE DREAMS is a relatively short price for me but I like to follow Johnson here and the horse looks better value than the likely favourite from the Varian yard. The likes of Zhui Feng (who owes me nor us anything over the years) a... [Read More]

York 3.35 Posted: 16/05/2019 15:35

York 3.35 - A Class 2 Handicap over a mile and I will seek some solid Course form and horses more than capable and proven in this type of race who are race fit and on decent Handicap marks. Both have a touch of "their turn is due and deserved" a... [Read More]

York 1.50 Posted: 15/05/2019 13:50

Placespotter (Ian) York 1.50 The Jorvik Handicap over 12 Furlongs kicks off the Meeting here and with the Ground riding Good to Firm there are no excuses for any horse in terms of going. Some of the big Yards flex their muscles here and I think ... [Read More]

Chester 3.35 Posted: 10/05/2019 15:35

 Ian - Chester Cup at 3.35 - A race I love to try to solve and with the heavy rain and Going i think its going to be a real stamina test for a fit horse. It also looks destined for a Trainer more associated with a NH type in my op... [Read More]

1000 Guineas Posted: 05/05/2019 15:35

Draw a huge factor yesterday in 1000 Guineas.With little weather change can't ignore that.I don't think there is a 100/1 winner this year like we found last but 2 x O'Brien drawn high, proven at trip and both unraced at 3 catch my eye.JUST WONDERFUL ... [Read More]

(Sean) Punchestown 3.10 Posted: 04/05/2019 15:10

Punchestown 3.10 - A marathon trip over 3 miles and 7 furlongs and the market leaders look solid but niggles about stamina with most of them. I will seek a bit of value with WISHMOOR who has good Course form when 2nd in the National Tr... [Read More]

Sean - Punchestown 4.20 Posted: 03/05/2019 16:20

Punchestown 4.20 - A 2 miles and 5 Furlong Novices Handicap Chase and some nice types in here and 2 that stood out for me at the prices. JETZ comes from the local and in form Harrington Yard that usually try to set one out for the race... [Read More]

Punchestown 6.05 Posted: 02/05/2019 18:05

Punchestown 6.05 -: A complex puzzle and not helped by a horse who I really like IFYOUCATCHMENOW being 2nd reserve, I think the simplest way to play him is a 1/2 point each way IF there are non runners and he gets in, staking late near the off t... [Read More]

(Sean) Punchestown 3.40 Posted: 01/05/2019 15:40

Punchestown 3.40 - 2 1/2 miles Handicap Hurdle Final and the lack of numbers from the big Irish Yards and more than usual from UK give the race a very open feel. One i have tracked and watched closely who looks to have been laid out for the race... [Read More]

Lingfield 2.40 Posted: 31/05/2018 14:40

Lingfield 2.40 6 Penny Poet / 4 Miskin - 1 point each way both.A trip just short of 12 furlongs and the Going will be a factor, especially if the forecast Thunderstorm arrives, if it doesn't we still have enough "soft" in the Going to feel comfortabl... [Read More]

Beverley 4.00 Posted: 30/05/2018 16:00

Beverley 4.00 2 liquid gold @ 15/2 - 1 point each wayAlmunther was a tip for us here last time and was narrowly beaten; SD-S rides again and has a solid win chance but no real value and may be one who finds ways not to win. Bollin Ted is a Course and... [Read More]

Redcar 4.10 Posted: 28/05/2018 16:10

Redcar 4.10 4 Restorer 1/2 point each way (SkyBet odds to 4th place)The best race of the day is the Zetland Handicap 10 Furlongs Class 2 and an open market. The connections of LEADERS LEGACY make it a warm favourite but it is more about potential and... [Read More]

Curragh 4.10 Posted: 27/05/2018 16:10

Curragh 4.10 10 Soliloquy - 1/2 point each way @ 7/1 (SkyBet odds to 4th place)I think SOLILOQUOY is the value here at 7/1 or 13/2 if you want to take the extended odds to 4th from SkyBet. It ran well enough in the English version and has a bit to fi... [Read More]

York 3.40 Posted: 26/05/2018 15:40

PLACESPOTTER - York 3.40 9 Edward Lewis + 6 Final Venture - 1/2 point each way eachA very competitive Sprint and likely pace angles from Carlton Frankie drawn in stall 3 and El Astronaute drawn in stall 17. These ran well here last time but that was ... [Read More]

Carlisle 5.15 Posted: 21/05/2018 17:15

Carlisle 5.15 3 MYWAYISTHEONLYWAY - 1/2 point each way @ 7/1A 7 Furlong Class 5 race and whilst Sureyoutoldme is a worthy favourite, the 7/4 is absolutely no value and in a raceof this quality, rarely pays to "lump on" a favourite as none are consist... [Read More]

Thirsk 3.55 Posted: 19/05/2018 15:55

Thirsk 3.55 Helovaplan + Big Storm Coming look to have very good chances, the former like Good to Firm and has someCourse form and with the benefit of a run and a decent draw could be the one to beat here. John Quinn is in cracking form and runs a pa... [Read More]

Catterick 4.10 Posted: 14/05/2018 16:10

TipsterCourseTimeHorseStakeNotesP/SpotCatt4.108 Italian Riviera @ 9/2disc       MentionCatt4.10 11 Adrakhan @ 25/1¼ ewB365 / PP         SEE NOTES RE Catterick 2... [Read More]

Ludlow 3.05 Posted: 13/05/2018 15:05

Ludlow 3.05 6 Fille Des Champs @ 12/1 - 1/2 point each way (see Mentions for Cry Wolf + email for Just A Feeling)Ludlow 3.05 - I don't think that Just A Feeling is great value at 15/8; with the Skelton yard in great form I can seethe interest but the... [Read More]

Chester 3.35 Posted: 11/05/2018 15:35

TipsterCourseTimeHorseStakeNotesP/SpotterChes3.358 My Reward  12/1 / 12 Watersmeet  11/1½ e/wPP/BV/S 1-5      MentionChes3.356 Magic Circle 6/1 / 7 Fun Mac 12/1¼ e/wPP/BV/S 1-5MentionChes3.3517 Ju... [Read More]

Wincanton 7.20 Posted: 10/05/2018 19:20

Wincanton 7.20 2 Bright Tomorrow - 1/2 point each way @ 7/1 (odds to 4th place)A race full of horses with untapped potential and certainly Schnabel, once fully tuned up is one for us to follow on the gold trail this summer; but the one who really cat... [Read More]

Evening Patent Tuesday 30th May Posted: 30/05/2017 19:20

Newton Abbot 7.20 2 Sheer Poetry @ 12/1 (odds to 4th)Newton Abbot 6.50 6 Sweetoothtommy @ 8/1Wolverhampton 6.10 3 Cruisetothelimit @ 14/1-----I've had a look through the Cards at Wolverhampton and Newton Abbot tonight and these 3 look value.I su... [Read More]

Pontefract 6.30 and Lucky 31 suggestion Posted: 26/05/2017 20:10

Placespotter - Pontefract 6.30 CHISWICK BEY - each way @ 16/1 (Corals)see below for full explanation and enhanced odds news + Lucky 31) There are some tracks where the perceived and factual draw bias can determine the markets irrationally.One su... [Read More]

Catterick 3.30 Posted: 25/05/2017 15:30

Catterick 3.30 1 Secret Missile - each way @ 6/1 (BV/Sky)There are some horses that seem to try their best not to win despite obvious ability and Isuppose you could put SECRET MISSILE in to that category, last time it missed the start and finished li... [Read More]

Newbury 2.35 Posted: 19/05/2017 14:35

Newbury 2.35 5 Clear Spring - each way @ 6/1I personally took over the Placespotter mantle at the corresponding Newbury meeting last season and that daywas supremely confident of a 25/1 shot in the mud drawn high in the big Sprint race. CLEAR SP... [Read More]

York Wednesday 17th May Posted: 17/05/2017 17:35

Good MorningYork2.20 12 Cosmeapolitan - each way @ 16/1 / 16 Innocent Touch - each way @ 20/1(Sky odds to 6th / Lads/Coral odds to 5th) - Placespotter tip2.55 18 Udontdodou - each way @ 7/1; 4 Muntadab - each way @ 7/117 George Bowen - each way @ 14/... [Read More]

Chester 1.50 Posted: 12/05/2017 13:50

Chester 1.50 4 Ice Slice @ 9/1 / 5 Gabriels Kaka @ 12/1 - both each way (Paddy Power odds to 4th)I will again go against a hot Newmarket trained favourite who may find this track and environmenttoo much of a culture shock. That left me with 6 horses ... [Read More]

Chester 3.00 Posted: 11/05/2017 14:05

Chester 3.00 1 Masham Star @ 12/1 / 4 Mutawathed @ 5/1 - both each way (Sky go odds to 4th)I am reluctant always to side against Gosden and Dettori but to my thinking Via Egnatiais that rarity here, a horse who may not want to be drawn low?. He won't... [Read More]

Chester 3.00 Posted: 10/05/2017 15:00

Chester 3.00 1 Sir Maximillian - each way @ 4/1 (SkyBet go odds to 4th)it is too easy to get sucked in by the draw bias here but in this race the evidence thata low draw is a huge advantage is compelling. SIR MAXIMILLIAN won the race last year and ar... [Read More]

Newmarket 1.55 Posted: 07/05/2017 13:50

PLACESPOTTER - Newmarket 1.50 1 Frontiersman - each way @ 5/1 (Paddy Power)I am very keen on FRONTIERSMAN and think the 5/1 with PADDY POWER is an excellent each way steal type of punt to nothing, you get your money back with a place and a nicereturn... [Read More]

Goodwood 2.40 Posted: 06/05/2017 14:40

Goodwood 2.40 16 Medburn Dream @ 18/1 / 1 Suzis Connoisseur @ 14/1 (odds to 4th)"I always try to visualise a race here and a low draw can be a big advantage to any horsewho can ping the stalls and get in to a nice rhythm. It is a notoriously hard tra... [Read More]

Yarmouth 3.25 Posted: 02/05/2017 15:25

Placespotter - Yarmouth 3.25 6 Smoky Hill - each way @ 8/1PLACESPOTTER - A race that sees the turf return of our SP2A Racing Club horse Sexy Secret; he wonover Course and Distance here last year and drawn in Stall 1; will try to make all; he may just... [Read More]

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The table below gives all tips from Placespotter, since they started at SP2A.

All Results recorded to SP - Starting Price unless otherwise state Results recorded to £10 each way / £20 win - as advised prior to 31/12/17 From 1/1/18 Results recorded to advised unit on basis of 1 point = £10.00