FONTWELL – JANUARY 8
No corresponding meeting last year - this is a new fixture on the calendar
Sunday's Placepot permutation at Fontwell:
Leg 1 (1.10): 11 (Postbridge), 2 (Goodnightsweetheart) & 5 (Little Miss Poet)
Leg 2 (1.40): 6 (Bohernagore), 1 (Jade’s Legend) & 2 (Ding Ding)
Leg 3 (2.10): 5 (The Chuckmeister) & 3 (Bears Rails)
Leg 4 (2.40): 7 (Burrows Park), 2 (Disputed) & 4 (Caid Du Lin)
Leg 5 (3.10): 3 (Bishops Court) & 6 (Highbury Hill)
Leg 6 (3.40): 3 (Benatar) & 2 (Bellemy)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
Overview for Sunday - please scroll down to the bottom of the page
1.10: Dual beaten favourite and triple silver medallist (via as many races) POSTBRIDGE could be given a chance here, though my ‘last chance saloon’ doors are ajar if the Warren Greatrix raider finds another rival too good for him in what look like a winnable contest. That said, other in form trainers are represented, namely Harry Fry (GOODNIGHTSWEETHEART), Philip Hobbs (LITTLE MISS POET) and Alan King (MY KHALEESI).
1.40: With no history to work with, course and distance winners are considered to have an ‘edge’ whereby 40/1 winner (on his last start) BOHERNAGORE is offered another chance, especially with a ten pound claimer in the saddle which should at least make the nine-year-old competitive from a Placepot perspective. Others to consider include JADE’S LEGEND (Amy Murphy boasted 4/11 stats before Saturday’s sport was contested) and DING DING who is becoming a really likable/consistent type
Record of course winner in the second race:
2.10: So Fine seems to have lost his way of late and a watching brief is advised accordingly. Course and distance winner THE CHUCKMASTER could be given a chance of following up following a recent win, especially if Fontwell stays clear of the wet stuff overnight. One with less question marks against his name than most is BEARS RAILS.
Record of course winners in the third contest on the card:
1/1—So Fine (good)
1/1—The Chuckmeister (good)
2.40: Venetia Williams has a rare inmate from what we have witnessed via just the two assignments to date. 99.9% of Venetia’s runners appear to prefer softer ground but in the case of BURROWS PARK, her gelding has performed better on good(ish) ground compared to softer conditions whereby the five-year-old should be suited to Fontwell’s going. Charlie Deutsch takes off a useful five pounds for good measure. Chris Gordon (DISPUTED) has been going through one of those poor periods which (seemingly) all trainers endure at stages during their careers and in the case of Chris, his most recent NH ratio reads 3/96. CAID DU LIN completes my trio against the other nine contenders the pick of which (from a value for money perspective) could prove to be STIFF UPPER LIP.
3.10: Only Paul Nicholls (not represented at the track on Sunday – no more potential runners until Thursday) has saddled more winners at Fontwell this season than Neil Mulholland (this year’s ratio: 7/26) who saddles BISHOPS ROAD and HIGHBURY HILL on this occasion. There is a distinct possibility that Neil could land the forecast from my viewpoint, especially as four time winner Flaming Chancer has never put back to back victories together to date.
Record of course winners in the fifth event:
1/1—Bishops Court (good to soft)
2/3—Comeonginger (2 x good)
3.40: A guessing game to a fashion whereby it makes sense to stick with the two winners in the field to complete the Fontwell work, namely BENATAR and BELLAMY. The latter named raider is another potential winner on the card the Neil Morrisey team, whilst BENATAR will be saddled by local maestro Gary Moore.
All place details offered on my pages relate to an 'exact science', whereby horses that finish third in 5/6/7 runner races (and other such scenarios) are not 'placed' regarding my statistics.
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Fontwell card on Sunday – followed by this season’s ratio at the track + profits/losses accrued:
5 runners—Chris Gordon (3/28 – loss of 7 points)
5—Neil Mulholland (7/26 – Profit of 5 points)
4—James Evans (No previous runners this season)
3—Gary Moore (6/48 – loss of 22 points)
3—Colin Tizzard (2/17 – loss of 10 points)
2—Zoe Davison (1/9 – Profit of 32 points)
2—Nick Gifford (1/5 – Slight profit)
2—Warren Greatrex (2/6 – loss of 2 points)
2—Philip Hobbs (3/11 – loss of 1 point)
2—Linda Jewell (0/5)
2—Alan King (3/13 – Profit of 3 points)
2—Nick Mitchell (0/2)
2—Laura Mongan (0/9)
2—Oliver Sherwood (0/5)
2—Venetia Williams (0/1)
+ 21 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
61 declared runners
General overview - Corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:
Chepstow: £235.20 – 7 favourites – 3 winners – 1 placed – 3 unplaced