Just a short post today, dear reader, to tell you about a final Christmas special that you might be interested in.
TrainerTrackStats is enjoying something a purple patch currently and, to mark the occasion in fitting style, I've managed to persuade Gavin that we should do something special for all of our loyal readers. [In fairness, Gavin said it was a great idea, and no persuasion was required... but where's the story in that?!]
So, from now until Christmas Day - that is, the next five days - if you want to get TrainerTrackStats, you can for a single payment of just £67. That's less than two months' fees for more than four months' access. I'd say its the kind of deal you get in Woolworths currently, but that's a bit sick.
(Seriously, I was in the Hackney store yesterday: it felt like vultures picking at the carrion. And the sickly Tirujuana Christmas tunes being piped out were an insult to the good people working there. Moreover, the bloke who owns Iceland (the frozen food chain, not the ailing nation of Landsbanki and potless former biscuit barons) offered Woolies' management a million quid to take on their debt and restructure the company. That was about four months ago. The management should be sick to the pits of their stomachs at the needless hardship they've caused their workers. I digress big time...!)
So, it's a great offer for a great product, but then you know that already.
If you want it, go get it from the link below:
Just time for a quick look at one of the big races today, the BGC Silver Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot.
A few key trends I think, thus:
- 8 of the last 9 winners were aged 7, 8 or 9
- 8 of the last 9 winners were 12/1 or shorter
- 6 of the last 9 winners carried 11-01 or less (including the last four)
- Martin Pipe 3 wins, David Pipe 1 win; Henry Daly 2 wins
So, I'm looking for a lightly weighted young-ish horse near the front of the betting, and I'll place extra focus on anything trained by Pipe or Daly.
Step forward Alderburn, a horse with more thirds to his name than most, and trained by in-form Henry Daly.
David Pipe won the Hennessey a couple of weeks ago, frustratingly beating Geegeez selection, Air Force One, with a big priced animal (Madison du Berlais at 25/1). It wouldn't be the biggest shock ever if his once uber-promising novice, Dom D'Orgeval, were to run back to form at around 'double carpet' (33/1).
Most of his best form is on flat tracks, so Cheltenham last time would have done for him, as would have the fact that it was his seasonal debut. Granted we have to go back to the season before last to find winning form, but that's only three runs, and this stable surely wouldn't persist unless the fire still smouldered at least. Would they?! At the price, a token tickle may be rewarded.
Up at Haydock, the Tommy Whittle Chase is usually a fair trial for the Grand National, with Suny Bay and Cloudy Lane winning this before going off strongly fancied in the big one.
All of the last ten runnings have been won by a 7, 8 or 9 year old, and all by a horse at odds of 10/1 or shorter.
Interestingly (perhaps), eight of the ten winners lugged more than 11 stone to post.
Those criteria point squarely at last year's winning connections, represented this time by 10/1 shot Idle Talk. He's as in and out as a professional Hokey Cokey'er, but if on an in day, could advertise his Aintree aspirations.
The other, more obvious one, is hat-trick hero, Can't Buy Time. Trained by Jonjo (successfully with two short favourites in the last seven years, and ridden by Monsieur McCoy, you'd be foolish to leave him out of calculations.
Take these two against the field.
Today's Project Betfair runners are:
3.10 Can't Buy Time
12.40 More Like It
2.40 Risque Heights
3.20 Bookiesindex Boy
7.20 Whiskey Creek
7.50 Master At Arms
8.20 To Be Or Not To Be
9.20 Hyde Lea Flyer
That's it from me today... TTS... For the rest of the season... £67... Until Christmas Day only...