Throwback: Bet Like A Pro – Tote Irish Jackpot

After going so close with the Super Sunday Syndicate bet at Fairyhouse yesterday, you might feel like giving the Tote Irish Jackpot a go yourself this week at Killarney. So here is a look back to the original Tote Irish Jackpot Bet Like A Pro article. The horses below might not be relevant any more but the method can be easily applied to any day’s racing.  

Originally Posted MARCH 2016

Having looked at the best methods to play the Tote Pick 6 recently something that was very apparent it that significant investment is required to play the Tote Pick 6 successfully. This isn’t within the budget of a huge number of players so why not instead consider the Tote Jackpot?
If we say there are 8 runners on each race on the card the number of possible combinations drops from 262,144 (8x8x8x8x8x8) for the Tote Pick 6 to 4,096 (8x8x8x8) for the Tote Jackpot.

That’s 4,096 runners before you eliminate any of the runners on the card! If you can narrow down most races to two horses you would like on your side with maybe four in a tricky handicap your cost could be a low as (2x2x2x4) €32 while still playing for the entire pool! Yes, you are playing for a smaller pool (€5,000 daily guarantee, €10,000 on Sunday’s) but the average pay-out in January of this year was €933, a fantastic return on an investment of less than €50.

If you haven’t read the Tote Pick 6 version of this blog, it might be an idea to do so now as it explains a lot of the principles that apply to playing the Tote Irish Jackpot well. Rather than go over the same principles again, I will go through tomorrow’s (Thursday 24th March) card at Thurles and show you them in practice.

I will go through all of the runners in each of the Tote Jackpot races giving them a grade with a small comment giving the reason for the grade. (If you are connected with any of the horses please don’t be offended by any of the comments, I’m sure they are all lovely horses)

Leg 1 (Race 3)

Ad Idem – Even in his prime 2 miles was too sharp. Grade X

Deano – Chance on early season form, awful last time. Grade: C

Churchfield Champ – Consistent performer, fair chance. Grade: B

The Conker Club – Very solid mare, has run well at the course before, shortlist material. Grade: A

Killeena House – Beaten a mile in recent starts, happy to take on. Grade: X

Miradane – Bits of form, stable hitting top gear. Grade: B

Merrion Row – Hasn’t shown anything of late. Grade: X

Five O’clock Tea – Has ability and is in first-time cheekpieces, stable form a worry. Grade B

Rebel Cry – Winner over C&D, unexposed over fences, big player. Grade A


Leg 2 (Race 4)

Champagne Harmony – Smart bumper performer, tough to beat. Grade: A

Crocodile Dundee – Poor last of three last time, hard to fancy. Grade: X

Festive Day – Beaten a long way recently, handicap prospect. Grade: X

Iwillifiwant – Better last time but hard to see him winning. Grade: B

Just Soldier – Average on flat, looks same over hurdles. Grade: X

Loch Luatha – Shown no ability to date. Grade: X

Right Turn Clive – Slight ability in bumpers, first run since August. Grade: X

Sizing Matterhorn – Powerful connections but shown nothing. Grade: C

Thank You Pa – Shown no ability. Grade: X

Lola Kabana – Struggled over hurdles so far. Grade: X

Miss Benefitz – Showed nothing on debut. Grade: X

Rathnaleen Girl – No ability. Grade: X

Robbina – Some ability but very limited. Grade: C

Supreme Star – Shown nothing. Grade: X


Leg 3 (Race 5)

Cogryhill – Showed plenty early but lost his way lately. Grade: X

Victory Mill – Rating of 128 sums him up, tough task to concede weight. Grade: X

Colbert Station – Better chaser, off track for almost a year. Grade: X

Val De Ferbet – Good run last time, favourites chance. Grade: A

Jennies Jewel – Hit and miss performer, dangerous at weights. Grade: B


Leg 4 (Race 6)

Candle Island – Consistent but creeping up weights. Grade: B

Sarah Battle – Doesn’t look a danger on form. Grade: X

Mick The Jiver – Better last time, dangerous. Grade: A

Kostar – In poor form of late. Grade: X

All The Chimneys – Winner last time but big step up in trip. Grade: B

Vic Approach – Just beaten last time over C&D, big chance. Grade: A

Easy To Find – Some decent form but very poor last time. Grade: C

Hawk Eye Down – First handicap but hasn’t shown much. Grade: C

Vita Nuova – First handicap, shown nothing. Grade: X

Calibre Style – Poor last time in first handicap, blinkers first time. Grade: C

Hannah’s Lane – Long-time maiden, trip stretches her. Grade: X

Kalanisi Express – No ability shown. Grade: X

Special Princess – Some ok form, potential dark horse. Grade: B

Young Linzi – No ability shown. Grade: X

Final Boru – No ability shown. Grade: X

Paudi The Punter – Some ability, unlikely to win. Grade: B

Station Closed – Poor lately, unlikely. Grade: X

Vareen De Vauzelle – Hit and miss, could go close on a going day. Grade: C

Based on the above grades and using the methods discussed in the Tote Pick 6 blog I would make the following selections for tomorrow’s Tote Irish Jackpot;

“A” Selections

€1 Jackpot

Leg 1: 4, 9

Leg 2: 1

Leg 3: 4

Leg 4: 3, 6

Bet Cost: €4

Mix 1

€1 Jackpot

Leg 1: 4, 9

Leg 2: 1

Leg 3: 4

Leg 4: 1, 3, 5, 6, 13, 16

Bet cost: €12

Mix 2

€1 Jackpot

Leg 1: 3, 4, 6, 8, 9

Leg 2: 1

Leg 3: 4

Leg 4: 3, 6

Bet cost: €10

Mix 3

€1 Jackpot

Leg 1: 4, 9

Leg 2: 1, 4

Leg 3: 4, 5

Leg 4: 3, 6

Bet cost: €16

The total cost of my Tote Jackpot bets is €42 for tomorrow but if all my “A” selections come in I will win the dividend four times. As well as this I have given myself some insurance pick in each of the races.

It remains to be seen how my selections get on tomorrow in Thurles but it’s hard not to agree that using the above methods give you some excellent coverage of the Tote Jackpot card.

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