Itâ€™s that time of the week again as Andy Newton marks your card on which trainers are too hot to handleÂ and those that should be avoided like the plague.........
*Note* - you can now check future entries by clicking on the trainer'sÂ name........
Some highlights from last weekâ€™s spotlighted trainers..................
Sir Mark Prescott Bt: The cigar smoking knight of the realm continues to make the winnersâ€™ enclosure his second home with two more successes since last week and at odds of 4/1 and 10/1 then itâ€™s another clear profit for followers of the Newmarket handler
William Haggas: Three more winners (9/2, 2/1 and 11/8) justified his inclusion on last weekâ€™s list, but a massive 15 of his last 16 runners have finished in the top 5 â€“ a clear indication the yard are still at the top of their game
Ed Dunlop: Another 4/1 winner on Monday at Beverley keep things ticking over nicely at the Dunlop yard, while 50% of his last 8 runners finished in the top three.
Mark Tompkins (Cold Trainer): Well, heâ€™s no on the cold list anymore after breaking his duck at Yarmouth (5/4) on Monday afternoon, but heâ€™s hadÂ 10 runners without success since and although a lot are hitting the frame a tiny word of caution is still attached to his team â€“ thatâ€™s still only 1 win from his last 28 runners
Clive Brittain (Cold Trainer): Fully justified his inclusion on last weekâ€™s freezing list and thereâ€™s a good chance he could figure again this week. The Newmarket-based handler is still winless last week and is now 34 days and 45 runners without a victory.
William Muir (Cold Trainer): Harsh to say but the Muir team are still winless after another week and although they only had a handful of runners, this now means they are on a run of 27 days and 40 runners without a trip to the winnersâ€™ enclosure.
This Weekâ€™s Featured Hot Trainers.......
MALCOLM SAUNDERS (4 winners from his last 9 runners, 44% strike-rate): With a strike-rate just under 50% then despite the limited runners the yard are sending out anything they do run should be respected â€“ they even had a winner at the Curragh on Sunday. 5/2, 9/2, 5/2 and 5/1 winners are big enough to have rewarded their supporters, but whatâ€™s more interesting is that 8 of their last 9 runners finished third OR BETTER! They tend to mix the jockeys up a bit, but Dane Oâ€™Neill has had the leg-up on three of those successes. Entries include a couple heading to Bath on Thursday, one at Chepstow on Friday and plenty more around the country on Friday, Saturday and Sunday â€“ Lady Bayside and Local Singer have two engagements each over the next few days which could be significant.
SIR HENRY CECIL (9 winners from his last 22 runners, 41% strike-rate): With Ascot at the weekend and the mighty Frankel heading to Goodwood next week then the Cecil team could not entering the heart of the flat season in better form. Yes, a lot of their recent winners have been well-fancied (6 favourites), but they did pop up with Timepiece at 16/1 and a 10/1 winner earlier in the month. It goes without saying Tom Queally is their main man, but donâ€™t be put off if Ian Mongan gets the leg-up â€“ heâ€™s ridden two of those recent winners! Theyâ€™ve got 2 entered in the same race at Epsom on Thursday night, so itâ€™ll be a shock if they donâ€™t add to their stats there, while theyâ€™ve got entries all over the place from Friday to next Monday.
DIANNE SAYER ( 4 winners from her last 10 runners, 40% strike-rate): Another small yard that have hit a purple patch here and at odds of 16/1, 13/2, 6/1 and 2/1 then youâ€™ll be showing a massive level stakes profit if you backed all their recent runners. The yard are active over both codes, so keep that in mind, while being based in Cumbria then it goes without saying you are more likely to see them having runners around the northern tracks. In terms of entries, you have to wait a bit as Sunday (Carlisle) and next Monday (Uttoxeter) are their next engagements.
MARTIN KEIGHLEY (3 winners from his last 8 runners, 38% strike-rate): Based near Cheltenham the Keighley yard are the latest jumping yard to start shining after an eye-catching 3 winners from their last 8 runners. One of that trio returned a huge 33/1, while the other winners were not too bad either at 15/2 and 7/2. Ian Popham and Jimmy Derham are the jocks to look out for, and looking ahead they could have one going at Uttoxeter next Monday, while their Pilgrims Lane is entered at Galway next week too.
DONALD McCAIN (6 winners from his last 16 runners, 38% strike-rate): This yearâ€™s Grand National winning trainer bolstered his already impressive stats with a monster 16/1 winner at Worcester on Wednesday and with three entries at Uttoxeter on Thursday and another batch likely to be heading to Southwell on the same day, then go against his horses at your peril.
MRS K BURKE (8 winners from her last 21 runners, 38% strike-rate): Andrew Elliott has been onboard 6 of this yardâ€™s recent winners, but whatâ€™s more significant is that ALL those recent successes have been over a mile or shorter. Based in North Yorkshire they rarely venture down south, therefore, it could be significant they send Reignier to Ascot on Saturday. Away from that entry theyâ€™ve plenty dotted around the land on Thursday and Friday, with Wrekin Sunset the interesting one as itâ€™s engaged at York on both Friday and Saturday.
SIR MARK PRESCOTT Bt (7 winners from his last 19 runners, 37% strike-rate): Another knight of the realm thatâ€™s making hay at the moment, and although heâ€™s another whose horses often get backed they did have one slip under the radar on Monday at 10/1. Seb Sanders and Stevie Donohoe are the names to look out for when it comes to jockey booking but the yard did, interestingly, use David Probert a few weeks ago with success too. Again, Iâ€™m not telling you anything you donâ€™t already know here, but keep an eye on any horse with multiple entries as we are all aware the yard like to exploit handicap marks and bang in 2 or 3 quick wins with their improving sorts. Entries include a few at Sandown and one at Folkestone on Thursday, while looking at multiple engagements then Lion Court, Code Cracker, and Tenby Lady stand out.
WILLIAM HAGGAS (7 winners from his last 30 runners, 23% strike-rate): Okay, with 7 runners (at the time of writing) without a victory their percentage is on the slide, but ALL of those runners managed to finish in the top 5 and thatâ€™s a strong indication their winning run isnâ€™t about to end just yet. They also had a 2/5 shot turned over at Southwell in the week, but that was its first try on the surface and I wouldnâ€™t read too much into that. The yard are a number of many that are starting to use the talents of Silvestre De Sousa (4 rides â€“ 2 wins, 2 thirds), so keep a look out for the pockeyt Brazilian in the plate. Theyâ€™ve got too many entries in the coming days to mention them all, but in recent years they do boast a +Â£58.00 and +Â£35.00 level stakes profit at both Ascot and Goodwood which bodes well for the coming days.
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE (7 winners from his last 31 runners, 23% strike-rate): This powerful yard was on the cold list a few weeks ago, but I think we all knew they wouldnâ€™t be on there for long and with four winners from their last 11 runners then that coupled with the recent rain at Ascot are major factors why all the money has come for Workforce in the King George. Ryan Moore has been in the saddle on all bar one of those 7 wins, with the retained Richard Hills on the other. The yard doesnâ€™t seem to have too many sprinters these days, but itâ€™s also worth noting that all of those 7 winners came over a mile or further. There are entries galore in the coming days as the stable look to capitalize on their good form, but all eyes will be on last yearâ€™s Derby hero, Workforce, on Saturday in what looks a crackerjack of a race.
MAHMOOD AL ZAROONI (6 winners from his last 30 runners, 20% strike-rate): Yes, the Bin Suroor arm of the Godolphin operation has a better strike-rate at the moment, but with Rewilding in action in the King George on Saturday I thought it would be more beneficial to look at the newer of the blue yards. The Zarooni team have not had many runners of late, but did, of course, have Blue Bunting win in the Irish Oaks on Sunday and a 11/4 winner at Windsor on Monday. Away from Rewilding the stable have plenty entered at Ascot on Friday too, plus are sending just one to Folkestone and Doncaster on Thursday, but did have two beaten at Sandown on Wednesday night.
AIDAN Oâ€™BRIEN (6 winners from his last 33 runners, 18% strike-rate): Again, not great stats at present to warrant a place in the list, but with St Nicholas Abbey in action in the King George on Saturday I thought it might be of more value to see how the Ballydoyle team are fairing at the moment. Theyâ€™ve not had a winner now since the 17th July (15 runs ago), and, of course, had the Irish Oaks favourite go down last weekend. Yes, thereâ€™s a strong chance by the time the KG comes around that theyâ€™d have banged in a few more winners, especially with a load heading to Leoparstown on Thursday, but at the time of writing of the three heavyweight King George stables they are arguably in the worse form.
Cold Trainers of the Week......
CLIVE BRITTAIN (34 days and 45 runners without a winner): I really hope we can take this yard off here soon as theyâ€™ve featured on the list 3 or 4 times now in the last 2 months. They are certainly capable of firing in a big-priced winner to catch us all out, but a quick look at the form of their recent runners doesnâ€™t give me much confidence. Only 2 of their last 16 runners have hit the frame, with a second at Ascot (El Wasmi) the best theyâ€™ve done. Again, they have several entered around the country in the coming days, but Ascot and Newmarket on Friday looks to be where most of them are heading.
BARRY HILLS (19 days and 32 runners without a winner): Not exactly panic stations just yet but a small word of caution should be attached to the Barry Hills yard at the moment. A bit like Mark Tompkins last week they are still having the odd runner-up (5 from 31), but theyâ€™ve also had 4 favourites in that time go astray.