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, 2021, 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

Sean - Punchestown 3.05 Posted: 05/12/2021 15:05

SEAN - Punchestown 3.05 Handicap Chase - 3 miles and 1 + 1/2 furlongs - 19 run - Yielding to Soft - dry and sunny Glenquin Castle arrives on a 7 timer and has been very cleverly placed winning 3 times over hurdles and 3 times over fences off mar... [Read More]

Saturday 4th December Posted: 04/12/2021 14:40

IAN - Placespotter - Aintree 2.40 Beecher Chase - Group 3 Class 1 - 3 miles 2 furlongs - 22 run Soft (heavy rain about) This is likely to turn into a slog as despite the fact the ground is barely used there is a fair bit of rain about on Going a... [Read More]

Exeter 3.15 Posted: 03/12/2021 15:15

Placespotter- Exeter 3.15 - Handicap Chase - Class 3 - 3 miles 6 and 1/2 furlongs - 17 run - Good to Soft (rain) This really is an intriguing race with several very unexposed horses at this trip who have been very impressive at 3 miles of late a... [Read More]

Clonmel 2.00 Posted: 02/12/2021 14:00

SEAN - Clonmel 2.00 Handicap Hurdle - 2 miles 3 furlongs - 16 run - Yielding to Soft. A pretty compressed market here with some likely deadwood at the bottom of it. Plenty have good each way chances but at below 10/1 there are so many it's ... [Read More]

Punchestown 1.05 Posted: 31/12/2020 13:05

Sean - Placespotter - Punchestown 1.05 Handicap Chase - 3 miles 1 furlong - heavy - 14 run (Inner) The race is held over the tighter Inner Track which is tighter than the more widely used and more galloping outer Track, but it can tend to be hea... [Read More]

Market Rasen 2.15 Posted: 30/12/2020 14:15

Market Rasen 2.15 - Lincolnshire National - Handicap Chase - Class 3 - 3 miles 3 1/2 Furlongs - Soft - 14 run A track that suits prominent running style and leaders can get away off the front so something to note in running. The big question is ... [Read More]

Limerick 3.25 Posted: 29/12/2020 15:25

SEAN - (Placespotter) - Limerick 3.25 - 2 miles 3 furlongs - Handicap Hurdle - 18 run - HeavyAt the head of the market we have Resurrected Duke, for whom the jockey change is notable and Lie Low The Fields, a very promising De Bromhead horse who may ... [Read More]

Monday 28th December - Leopardstown and Catterick Posted: 28/12/2020 14:32

SEAN - Leopardstown 12.40 - Handicap Hurdle - 20 run - 3 miles Soft. At the head of the market a pair stand out and they are THE BOSSES OSCAR and Unexpected depth. The latter gets a penalty for an impressive win last time but it's Elliots I pref... [Read More]

Leopardstown 2.55 Posted: 27/12/2020 14:55

SEAN - Leopardstown 2.55 Handicap Chase - Grade B - 3 miles 50 yards - 22 run (3 reserves) Yielding I've been getting proven form v potential very wrong in recent months and again we are confronted by a race where the top end of the market is st... [Read More]

Thurles 1.00 Posted: 20/12/2020 13:00

THURLES 1.00 Handicap Chase - 3 miles 1 furlong - 14 run - Soft (dry and clear day forecast) A bit of a Course specialist track where they climb in the back straight so it pays to be handy and to set yourself up in a decent position. T... [Read More]

Ascot - Saturday 19th December Posted: 19/12/2020 15:00

IAN - Placespotter  A decent Card for once at Ascot, the Going looked genuinely soft yesterday, there has been some rain since and the Going will be more cut up today and a few may take a wide route down into and through Swinley Bottom as w... [Read More]

Exeter - Thursday 17th December Posted: 17/12/2020 15:15

PLACESPOTTER - Exeter 2.40 Handicap Chase - 3 miles 54 yards - Class 3 - Heavy - 14 run. It's going to be a real test of stamina with a deluge yesterday morning and some more showers overnight in Devon. No doubt there are a few progressive ... [Read More]

Naas 2.00 Posted: 14/12/2020 14:00

SEAN - Naas 2.00 Handicap Hurdle - 2 miles 3 furlongs - 20 run (with reserves) Soft to Heavy At the head of the market Oneknightmore at 7/2 was a subject of a lengthy Stewards Enquiry last time after a less than obvious effort by the Jockey when... [Read More]

Fairyhouse 1.02 and 1.37 races Posted: 12/12/2020 13:02

SEAN - Fairyhouse - Handicap Hurdle - 2 miles 7 1/2 furlongs - Soft>Heavy (no rain) - Division 1 and Division 21.02 DIVISION 114 run with 3 reserves so enhanced place opportunities.The one to beat in this first division is Hostage To Fortune. 23lb... [Read More]

Cheltenham Friday 11th December Posted: 11/12/2020 15:35

SEAN - Punchestown 1.00 Handicap Chase - 3 miles 2 furlongs , Heavy - 15 run  I was gutted when this race was abandoned due to fog last Sunday, an extra runner and a few changes to the Entries but very similar race to the original. The Goin... [Read More]

Hexham 2.25 Posted: 09/12/2020 14:25

Hexham 2.25 - Handicap Hurdle - Class 5 - 2 miles 7 furlongs - 13 Run - Heavy A similar war of attrition likely and may not suit the fancier types at the head of the market. Cudgel; Golan Cloud and The Very Thing could well finish 1-2-3- wi... [Read More]

Sean - Punchestown Tuesday 8th December Posted: 08/12/2020 15:00

PUNCHESTOWN 2.00 - Handicap Hurdle - 3 miles - Heavy - 20 run A decent competitive race for lower Grade horses and the trip and Going certainly weed out the form of a lot of them. A few would be big dangers if fitness was assured,... [Read More]

Punchestown 3.10 Posted: 06/12/2020 15:10

SEAN - Punchestown 3.10 - Handicap Chase - 3 miles 2 furlongs - 14 run - Heavy No more rain anticipated so I think this will be a dour slog in clinging mud and the horse with the biggest heart and a patient strong jockey will probably prevail.&n... [Read More]

Aintree 1.30 Posted: 05/12/2020 13:30

(Ian) - AINTREE - 1.30 Beecher Chase - 3 miles 2 furlongs - Soft - 14 runA chastening experience yesterday and I can only apologise. When in "red hot form" you have the confidence to 100% back your convictions and those were in all my preparation yes... [Read More]

Exeter 3.15 Posted: 04/12/2020 15:15

PLACESPOTTER - (Ian) - Exeter 3.15 HC - 3 miles 7 furlongs - Soft>Heavy - 12 run There hasn't been the glut of rain in Devon this year that we had last but a fair bit recently and a spell of continual light rain yesterday will probably mean i... [Read More]

(Ian) - Ludlow 3.10 Posted: 02/12/2020 15:10

Ludlow 3.10 Handicap Hurdle - Class 5 - 3 miles - 13 run - Good to Soft I'll start with the market leaders Mr Washington, going for a treble upped slightly in trip and Kabrit, coming off the back of 3 placed runs at the trip including Course and... [Read More]

Limerick Posted: 01/12/2020 15:15

SEAN - "A quick note from me about the performance of the runners on Sunday which has drawn some negative response. No excuses, I got the shape and framing of the race completely wrong. It's important I think to always explain tip reasons in the... [Read More]

Leopardstown 12.10 Posted: 29/12/2019 11:20

Leopardstown 12.10 Handicap Chase - 2 miles 5 furlongs (17 run) The more I looked at this race more I was drawn to those at longer odds. Indeed the "rag" of the race Colms Dream was well placed in a 53K race here in 2018 off 140 and won a 22k ra... [Read More]

Limerick 2.50 + Tracker Posted: 28/12/2019 14:50

Limerick 2.50 2 mile 4 furlong Handicap Chase 16 run and REDHOTFILLYPEPPERS has long been in my Tracker and has a win at the Course and also over the Distance. Shaped well last time out, trip and Going look ideal and a horse who has so... [Read More]

Leopardstown 2.55 Posted: 27/12/2019 14:55

SEAN - PLACESPOTTER - Paddy Power Chase - Leopardstown 2.55 3 miles 30 yards and 28 run! A real minefield of a race with usual multiple entries from the big owners and trainers. FITZHENRY was 3rd in this last year, 2nd in the Troytown, runs... [Read More]

Sedgefield 11.50 Posted: 26/12/2019 11:50

PLACESPOTTER - Sedgefield 11.50 Handicap Hurdle Class 5 2 miles 4 furlongs Soft I think there is some value lower down the market here and a couple stand out at nice Odds. AFFAIRE D'HONEUR has run well before in soft/heavy Going the tr... [Read More]

Navan 12.30 Posted: 15/12/2019 12:30

Navan 12.30 Handicap Hurdle - 2 miles and 4 furlongs (16 run) A tough race to call in the conditions as some might struggle off a strong pace in the Going. The likes of Awayinthewest, Menghli Khan and Sayo have bits of form that make them v... [Read More]

Cheltenham 2.30 Posted: 13/12/2019 14:30

PLACESPOTTER - 2.30 COGRY gets the each way banker vote here in a race where Course (and Distance) experience will be vital and if you assume that the Good to Soft going description is a bit misleading, proven stamina and ability to handle soft ... [Read More]

Punchestown 2.50 Posted: 08/12/2019 14:50

Punchestown 2.50 Handicap Chase 3 miles 1 1/2 furlongs (13 run)Witness of Fashion was a great winner for us last time but very much more at home at Fairyhouse than here. DEPUTYS PASS is a 3 mile P2P winner who has slowly been stepped up to this ... [Read More]

Fairyhouse 2.05 Posted: 01/12/2019 14:05

SEAN - Fairyhouse 2.05 -Porterstown Handicap Chase 3 miles and 5 furlongs  There are some real old favourites and rogues in this, a few on seasonal debut and the difficulty is finding anything proven over the trip, fit, or proven form fresh... [Read More]

Haydock 2.30 Posted: 30/12/2018 14:30

Haydock 2.30 I'm not sure of the trip in Heavy Going for Ballyhome and not sure Hastrubal or Volcano are much value in these testing conditions. The Going is Heavy but drying and that may actually make it more sticky. TOO MANY CHIEFS relishes this tr... [Read More]

Thursday 27th December Posted: 27/12/2018 15:00

THE WELSH NATIONAL with which I have gone "back to basics" somewhat with my PLACESPOTTER hat on and done a complete and thorough review of every horse in the race. A field of 20 this year and for once; whilst it will be sure to be a test on Soft Goin... [Read More]

Wincanton 2.00 Posted: 26/12/2018 14:00

Captain Bucks will be the one to beat and Hows My Friend is one I fancy to outrun odds but the Tizzard pair of CUCKLINGTON and BEARS RAILS both have Course and Distance winning form and this race will presumably be a target race for both. Cucklington... [Read More]

Friday 21st December Posted: 21/12/2018 15:05

ASCOT 3.05 - This is a Class 3 race over an extended 2 miles and 5 furlongs and Going is soft, after a lot of rain I think stamina will be at a premium here and hard to look too far past LE MUSEE and NO NO JULIET towards the head of th... [Read More]

Plumpton 1.30 Posted: 17/12/2018 13:30

Plumpton 1.30 7 Soarlikeaneagle - 1/2 point e/w @ 25/1 / 13 Witches Glen - 1/4 point e/w @ 25/1 / 10 Vetoncall 1/4 point e/w @ 80-100/1Other - FL 1.10 4 Chambard @ 18/1 + FL 1.45 4 Mixchevious @ 6/1 = £2 e/w double... [Read More]

Carlisle 2.20 Posted: 16/12/2018 12:20

Carlisle 12.20 1 Aint My Fault @ 12-14/1 + 8 The Hollow Chap @ 12-14/1 - both 1/2 point each way(prices validated on ODDSCHECKER at 8.50am)On a day with little in the way of decent field sizes and likely non runners reducing 8-9 runner... [Read More]

Cheltenham 3.40 Posted: 14/12/2018 15:40

PLACESPOTTER - 3.40 Worthy Farm - 1 point win saver @ / Theeaglehaslanded - 1/2 point each way @ / 2 Goodbye Dancer 1/2 point each way @ 14/1(Skybet / Ladbrokes / PP /BetVic / Coral / Fred - odds to 4th - so use if at all possible - pl... [Read More]

Warwick 2.30 Posted: 13/12/2018 14:30

PLACESPOTTER - Warwick 2.30 6 BOMBERS MOON 1 point each way @ 6/1  / 5 MARCH IS ON 1/2 point each way @ 12/1(Sky / Lads / PP/ Coral / Betfred - enhance to 4th - use if you can)This is a 2 miles and 5 furlong handicap Hurdle and BO... [Read More]

Uttoxeter 2.30 Posted: 11/12/2018 14:30

Uttoxeter 2.30 1 Quick Pick - 1/2 point each way @ 15/2 (small reverse forecast with Sizing Cusimano)I narrowed this down to a pair of horses who should benefit from conditions who have disappointed for us when tipped in the past. SIZING CUSIMAN... [Read More]

Kelso 1.05 Posted: 09/12/2018 13:05

I started off with proven form at the trip and the likes of Myesteree; Dawson City; Carrighdoun; Harry The Viking all merited close inspection. Of those Mysteree might be the most likely to "pop up" as was outstanding in Spring of 2017 and only light... [Read More]

Exeter 3.10 Posted: 07/12/2018 15:10

(Placespotter) - a marathon trip in the mud and old FIREBIRD FLYER will forever be remembered for a lovely win for us at big Odds in the 2016 Midlands National. He was very regressive last season and more than once it looked like he could be retired.... [Read More]

Wincanton 2.35 Posted: 06/12/2018 14:35

In the 2.35 at Wincanton I will side with GORING ONE who won this for us last year at 12/1. Has proven stamina which not too many have in this field, usually a good safe jumper and can get in to a nice rhythm at the front, is now a veteran but had a ... [Read More]

Carlisle 3.00 Posted: 02/12/2018 15:00

Another old favourite here in LETEMGO who we first back when 3rd at big Odds last October when the Yard was on a long losing run. The horse served us well running up a subsequent hat-trick and a rise in the weights from a lowly 95 up to around 115. T... [Read More]

Wincanton 2.05 Posted: 26/12/2017 14:05

Wincanton 2.05 1 Krakatoa King @ 9/2 / 4 Regal Flow @ 11/1A fair dollop of rain overnight and we have clarified that Going will be Heavier than advertised. The trip of 3milesand 2 furlongs will therefore be a genuine stamina test. KRAKATOA KING reall... [Read More]

Uttoxeter 12.00 Posted: 22/12/2017 12:00

Uttoxeter 12.00 8 Filatore - each way @ 25/1 (BV + PP)This is one of only a few competitive NH Handicaps today and the striking aspect having studied every horsein the race is the fact that most of the market leaders are better over shorter and tend ... [Read More]

Exeter 3.45 Posted: 21/12/2017 15:45

Exeter 3.45 3 Point N Shoot @ 8/1 - (1/2 point e/w - odds to 4th currently)The market leaders Gonnabegood and Market Road are a bit short price wise in the marketand neither look bomb proof to me off increased marks for good runs and in the case of M... [Read More]

Navan 1.35 Posted: 17/12/2017 13:35

Placespotter - Thurles 1.35 3 Cappacurry  Zak @ 8/1 / 14 Simple Steps @ 9/1(1/4 point each way with all Bookies odds to 4th and SkyBet odds to 5th)Clearly stamina is going to be key in heavy Going and Course form in Ireland is always an asset, w... [Read More]

Cheltenham 3.40 Posted: 15/12/2017 15:40

Cheltenham 3.40 1 Shantou Bob - 1 point each way @ 14/12 Champers On Ice @ 6/1 / 5 Rockys Treasure @ 7/1 - both 1/2 point each way (back with either PP/BV/Sky - who go odds to 4th place)11 runners and important first of all to quantify the Course for... [Read More]

Taunton 3.50 Posted: 14/12/2017 15:50

Taunton 3.50 5 Sahara Haze @ 9/1 / 2 Limoncello @ 16/1 - both 1/2 point each wayI think by 3.50 as well as being dark it could be very heavy and cut up Going. I just can't be having the Gary Moore horse as those odds and although Mondello is a big da... [Read More]

Monday 11th December Posted: 11/12/2017 15:40

Good MorningThe meetings at Fontwell and Southwell (AW) are on, the meeting at Musselburgh is abandoned.I think a bigger issue today could be transport, especially those Stables based in the South and South West Midlands,who along with the West Midla... [Read More]

Sandown 3.30 Posted: 09/12/2017 15:30

Sandown 3.30 8 Benbens @ 14/1 / 1 Southfield Theatre @ 12/1 (BV + Sky to 4th)BENBENS and SOUTHFIELD THEATRE are sporting bets in a competitive London Nation at 1/2 point each way each;BetVictor and Sky go odds to 4th place and with jumping concerns o... [Read More]

Friday 8th December Patent Bet Posted: 08/12/2017 15:35

The Patent I looked at a few races today and a few things jumped off the page at me!In the 1.35 at Exeter BILLY DUTTON is on an incredibly lenient mark; missed last year after a bad fall at Cheltenhambut travelled really well until eased on seasonal ... [Read More]

Clonmel 2.00 Posted: 07/12/2017 14:00

Clonmel 2.00 10 Secret Approach - 1/4 point each way @ 16/1 (see specific notes)I will have a win saver on the likely favourite ALI BIN NAYEF as it looks the class horse in the race and has no fears about the trip or conditions. I would like though a... [Read More]

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

Southwell 1.50 3 Tara View @ 7/1 / 5 Some Kinda Lama @ 9/1 - both 1/2 point each way4 Nautical Nitwit @ 16/1 - 1/4 point each way (Lads/Coral/SkyBet odds to 4th - see very specific notes)----------A Class 3 Handicap Hurdle and a very decent race for ... [Read More]

Sunday 3rd December Posted: 03/12/2017 15:00

PLACESPOTTER - 1/4 point each way eachCarlisle 2.25  9 BASFORD BEN @ 12/1 Carlisle 3.00 3 HARTFORTH @ 14/1  Both will appreciate the heavy ground. both have form at this trip and beyond. Both have good Carlisle form.Basford Ben is... [Read More]

Limerick 3.35 Posted: 01/12/2017 15:25

Limerick 3.25 8 Capture The Drama @ 25/1 - each way(Ladbrokes + Coral go odds to 4th place )A winner in Ireland yesterday and I pan to target any decent big field handicaps over the sea that are NOTstacked with Elliot and Mullins horses where some va... [Read More]

Placespotter - Newbury 3.00 1 Court Minstrel 14/1 (365/BV/SKY) / 8 Royal Guardsman 25/1 (Coral/BV) (Sky Odds to 4th) Posted: 31/12/2016 15:00

I think the 3.00 at Newbury is a very competitive race but there are form reasons to think that the likelyfavourites are particularly well handicapped with stamina to prove at 20 furlongs off a likely strong pace.Geordie Des Champs could be anything ... [Read More]

Daily + Elite - Boxing Day tips message + Tip suggestions Posted: 26/12/2016 15:45

Wetherby 1.50 1 BlaklionMarket Rasen 2.20 3 Fill The PowerSedgefield 2.45 9 Western BreezeWincanton 3.25  9 Bears RailsKempton 3.45  3 Big Chief Benny (suggested small Unit Lucky 31 - see full explanation below)---------Boxing Day is t... [Read More]

Bangor On Dee - 12.35 6 High Aspirations Guns 16/1; 1.05 9 Nail M 8/1 3.10 8 Diego Suarez 11/1 -: 50p each way Patent - costs £7.00 - possible return of £800.00 Posted: 22/12/2016 15:10

We have National Hunt Racing today at Bangor On Dee and All Weather Cards at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton.It is the final day of racing in the Mainland before the usual short pre-Christmas break and although there is an AWFixture in Ireland tomo... [Read More]

Placespotter - Catterick 12.20 3 Donnas Pride 5/1 Posted: 13/12/2016 12:20

The opener at Carlisle is a long Distance amateur Hurdle race and the obvious one isthe front runner Danceintothelight. It has a great chance BUT it will take some excellentpace judgement from the inexperienced daughter of Donald McCain to get the fr... [Read More]

FFOS LLAS - 1.15 OLD SALT 14/1 2.20 BINGO D'OLIVATE@ 11/2 (Corals) 3.20 FINISH THE STORY 8/1 - 50p each way Patent costs you £7.00 Posted: 12/12/2016 15:20

Good MorningIt was nice to get back in tot he winners enclosure yesterday after 3 quiet days, even when you know thatit is not realistically possible to tip winners every day, the longer you go without one, the more the confidencestarts to evaporate ... [Read More]

Placespotter - Lingfield 1.40 11 Wood Yer - each way 7/1 Posted: 10/12/2016 13:40

WOOD YER is clearly a very talented if fragile horse, the fact they have come here indicatesthat they think the horse is ready to run and win and probably will then want to put him awayfor the spring, as he definitely has ability. He runs off a very ... [Read More]

Placespotter - Warwick 1.55 8 Bears Rails 9/2 Posted: 08/12/2016 13:55

BEARS RAILS looks attractively priced at 9/2, allowing you to play as a "win" or aneach way saver. The field is interesting in that many of them really need further thanthe 3 miles, most of them probably need another run and a fair few are far better... [Read More]

Placespotter - Hexham 1.15 3 Smugglers Stash 9/2 Posted: 07/12/2016 13:15

SMUGGLERS STASH looks an each way shot to nothing at 5/1 - 9/2, a progressive and improvinghorse who should enjoy the trip and the mud and gets the nod over another progressive type (The Bishop) who may both need the run and also need to prove his we... [Read More]

Huntingdon 12.30 1 Muthabir - each way 8/1 (Lads) 6/1 (generally) Posted: 04/12/2016 12:30

At Huntingdon in the opener MUTHABIR looks very well handicapped despite top weight;and the booking of Richard Johnson caught my eye. I think it will revolve around the provenform of Demographic, upped in weight but with a handy 10lbs Claimer on boar... [Read More]

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