JAMES TATE (Epsom Stats: 3 winners from his last 6 runners, 50% strike-rate): A fairly new yard to most punters but this Newmarket-based yard are starting to make a name for themselves and with leading owner Saeed Manana behind them then it won’t be long before they are running horses in the top races. They sent out 21 winners in 2012 and with 17 already this year then they will have the 50 mark firmly in their sights as the season goes on. They are also showing a very decent +£12 level stakes profit with all their runners and have already banked over £111k in total prize money. In terms of Epsom entries they currently got Ashamaly, Mirsaale and Zalzilah engaged.
CLIVE COX (Epsom Stats: 3 winners from his last 10 runners, 30% strike-rate): The Cox’s yard are in flying form at present and have already sent out 13 winners this season from just 84 runners. They are also showing a positive level stakes profit and have banked over £170k in total prize money. They’ve also made a good start with their juveniles having sent out 2 winners from only 7 sent to post, and in Adam Kirby and John Fahy they’ve got two jockeys that are riding as well as ever. Looking at their Epsom age stats they are 1 from 2 with their juveniles, and 2 from 4 with their 3 year-olds, but are 0 from 4 with their older horses.
SIR MARK PRESCOTT Bt (Epsom Stats: 11 winners from his last 29 runners, 38% strike-rate): This shrewd yard have not really got going yet this season with less than 20 runners and only 2 winners so far, but they are starting to send more to the track and you can expect that to increase in the coming months. They had four out on Tuesday and with Epsom a track they love to have winners at then anything they send to the Downs this Friday and Saturday should be noted. In terms of age group they do well with all categories with 3 juvenile winners from their last 10 and two 4+year-old winners from their last 6, but pay special attention to their 3 year-olds. They are currently 6 from 13 in that age bracket. Looking ahead to their entries they have Savanna La Mar and Between Us currently engaged to run at the course.
STUART KITTOW (Epsom Stats: 6 winners from his last 22 runners, 27% strike-rate): Based in Devon the Kittow team are no strangers to having winners at Epsom and, therefore, their only runner entered – Resurge – could be worth a second look on Friday. He won the race back in 2011 and will be off a 3lb lower mark this time too. The yard are 6 from 21 (29%) with their older horses at the course and have been doing well with their limited runners so far in 2013 (6 from 28, 21%). They are also showing a +£17 level stakes profit this season, suggesting that a lot of their runners, being they are not one of the more fashionable yards, can often go under the radar.
SAEED BIN SUROOR (Epsom Stats: 11 winners from his last 42 runners, 26% strike-rate): Not had too many runners (31), and only had 7 winners (23%), but you can expect that to start to increase now the season’s in full swing. 6 of their 7 successes in 2013 have been with their 4 year-olds, and with a 33% strike-rate (7 from 21) then they also do well with that age group on the Downs. As it stands they’ve got three entered to run – Tahaamah, Asatir and Handsome Man.
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE (Epsom Stats: 4 winners from his last 17 runners, 24% strike-rate): Had a few lean seasons by his high standards, but the signs are the Stoute team are back on track this term. They’ve already sent out 23 winners from 89 runners and banked almost £330k in total prize money – that’s already a third of what they managed for the whole of last season. 15 of their 23 winners have been with their 3 year-olds, and that’s also the age of horses they’ve done best with at Epsom in recent years (3 from 14). In terms of entries at Epsom they’ve got plenty, but Liber Nauticus, who is a leading fancy for Friday’s Oaks, is clearly their big hope.
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