Tuesday, 25 January 2011

John Balding strikes again !

John Balding continued his excellent win strike rate today when Sleepy Blue Ocean won at the rewarding odds of 8/1 at Southwell.

Part 2 of the Sprinterstogo 2011 Master List covering horses F to M is now accessible (See "Pages" right).

Monday, 24 January 2011

Up a bit, down a bit

Thought I'd get back to having a look at some of the highlights of the week and the handicappers ups and downs !

First up is Stratton Banker who won a Class 4 Handicap at Kempton over 5f on 12th January 2011 by 2 lengths from Feelin Foxy(won his previous 2 races) and as a result was put up 7lb to 81. It was an impressive win and he looked to have plenty in hand over the rest of the field in what was a decent time and he looks sure to be of interest wherever he runs next. He is rated 75 on turf and having only had 13 runs to date he is one to keep on side.

Garstang won the Class 5 Handicap at Lingfield over 5f on the same day by 1/2 length from Picansort(won next time out off a 2lb higher mark) and as a result he has been raised 3lb's by the handicapper to 73. Having had two wind operations last year he looks to be back on track having previously had a progressive profile. John Balding is in the form of his life and no doubt he will be found another winning opportunity in the coming weeks. Rated just 60 on turf he can also be of interest when he returns to that sphere. He has an excellent record at Lingfield and this was his first win over 5f at the track.

On Thursday 13th January Under Review won the Class 6 Handicap at Kempton over 6f by a length from Divinsky and as a result was raised 5lb to 63, the second was raised 3lb to 66 and the 3rd Super Frank 1lb to 66. The winner was only 0.52 outside standard for the track and he was able to win his race from the front and he should have no trouble following up in a similar event. He was heavily backed on his last visist to these shore at Wolverhampton but on that day he was never in it.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sioux Rising to continue Fahey's good run ?

I have often sided with Anne of Kiev during her improvement and although I'm not discounting her today I think Sioux Rising, if the first time blinkers take effect, will be bang there given her stables good form and 5/1 is a good price for her. She has worn cheekpieces in her last 3 races so you may think there must be a reason for all this but often first time headgear is the time to catch it. She obviously didnt like the slow surface at Southwell so we can easily discount that run and she is 8lb better off with Perfect Art for a nose beating here previously when she had an interupted run and she has had a break to freshen her up since. Also she has only had 14 starts to date so she could be open to some improvement today.
Anne of Kiev has a very good AW record 22129153425112 and she probably is going to be bang there again and it wouldnt be a total suprise if she won and Five Star Junior could make up the first 3.

Monday, 17 January 2011

All Weather Stats

I had a look at the All Weather Trainers and Jockeys tables over the weekend and there are some interesting figures.

The trainers percentages for wins to runs is as follows with the highest at the top :
Michael Jarvis 44% 7-16 - Profit to £1 stake -£1.94
John Balding 35% 9-26 - +£32.71
John Ryan 35% 6-17 - +£8.46
Tom Dascombe 33% 11-33 - +£10.29
Gerard Butler 29% 5-17, plus four 2nd's and two 3rd's. - +£26.50
Marcus Tregoning 28% 5-18 - -£6.61
Jeremy Noseda 26% 5-19 - +£1.74
Willam Jarvis 25% 5-20 - +£0.44
Bryan Smart 24% 12-49, plus five 2nd's and nine 3rd's - +£20.16

Looking at the Jockeys we have the following wins to rides :
Neil Callan 34% 10-29
Adam Carter 29% 8-28 - Apprentice
George Challoner 28% 5-18 - Apprentice
Kieren Fallon 25% 7-28
George Baker 22% 33-152
Jack Mitchell 21% 13-62
Richard Kingscote 20% 13-65
Nathan Alison 25% 5-20 - Apprentice

The All Weather season runs from 9th November to 26th March.

Part 1 of the Sprinterstogo 2011 Master List covering horses A to E is now accessible (Top right).

Thursday, 13 January 2011

You can lead a horse to water ?

Well you can't say I didnt tell you that John Balding was going to hit a purple patch when he had that first winner last year, and boy hasnt he done it in "Style" with 9 wins from 25 runners on the AW since the start of the AW season plus a number of placed efforts too. The latest of those wins came courtesy of 8yo Garstang who I mentioned was a horse to follow after his promising run last time out. He has now won 5 times at Lingfield although this was his first over the minimum trip and whose to say after his wind operations that he can't win again especially when he gets back onto turf. Not to be outdone the stables only runner today Errigal Lad was 3rd at odds of 20/1, long may it continue !

I have not posted much of late simply because Ive had the blasted flu and Ive been trying to shake it off, I'm happy to say its now nearly all clear.

I will be shortly compiling a list of several sprinters to follow over the coming flat season, this will be on a stand alone page so do keep a lookout.