Racing Insights

Racing Insights, 26th October 2020

I liked Indian Pursuit's chances at 3/1 on Saturday and got some value with him going off at 9/4. As expected, Rocketeer set off quickly and our boy overhauled him as planned and all was going well until a 16/1 shot finished best of all, beating us by a neck. As for the second runner, Mr Wagyu, the cards and associated data said he was a no-hoper and so it proved as he finished 9th of 10 at 20/1.

Monday heralds the start of a new week for Racing Insights and the free feature of the day is access to the Pace tab for ALL races, whilst the free racecards cover...

  • 12.40 Redcar
  • 1.15 Redcar
  • 2.30 Galway
  • 3.10 Leicester
  • 3.55 Newcastle
  • 4.15 Galway

And the one I'm going to look at is the 1.15 Redcar, a 9-runner, Class 3, Flat Handicap for 3yo+ over a mile with the winner receiving £7763 and we start with the racecard sorted into Geegeez Speed rating order...

As you can see, Young Fire, Al Erayg and Stone Soldier head the rankings, whilst we should note the good recent form (14, 30) of James Fanshawe's runners (Turn on the Charm) and also jockey Ella McCain (Al Erayg) with her useful 7lb claim. Track-wise, trainer Mark Johnston (Striding Edge) looks to do well here (C5), whilst trainer James Given (Stone Soldier) and jockey Tony Hamilton (Memory Dream) haven't fared too well here of late (C5 and C1 respectively).

The draw data is fairly inconclusive with no real apparent bias on show for this type of contest, so no positives nor negatives here, as shown below... with the draw alone not providing any clues and the pace tab being the free daily feature, we really should consider how the two marry together...

...obviously we have no data for the UK debutant Memory Dream, but the heat map suggests Poet's Dawn will lead, but that's not usually a good tactic here. Not many seem to have the ideal pace/draw matchup, but Crownthorpe and Turn on the Charm seem to be best suited, whilst I wouldn't be too put off by the way Al Erayg, Striding Edge or Stone Soldier look either.

So, we've got some names being mentioned several times already, but not there's not enough in the above for me to make a decision, so let's have a look at each runner in turn to see if there's anything of note in their past performances, so in alphabetical order...

Al Erayg : Only 1 win in 25 on the Flat and that's not inspiring, but that win was here at Redcar over course and distance on soft ground, wearing cheekpieces and a tongue tie in a 16-runner handicap just two starts and 23 days ago.

Only beaten by 4 lengths in a soft ground Class 2 contest last time out and conditions will be very similar here today, as he takes a drop in class and the booking of an in-from (has won her last three) 7lb claimer is another positive.

Crownthorpe : At the end of last season, his figures said he had two wins and two places from five runs on soft ground, he had three wins at this trip and two wins at this grade.

Based on the above he'd be a real contender, but he has looked really out of sorts this campaign, making the frame just once in four attempts and although a drop in class should help him, it's hard to justify putting any money down.

Global Spirit : Has had a really good season with two wins and two places from seven starts, the latest being a career best effort to land a 16-runner affair on soft ground at York seventeen days ago.

He's up in both class and trip today and with a 5lb hike in weights on top of that, I'd say this should be beyond him from a win perspective at least, although he does go best under today's jockey, Ben Curtis, as they have 4 wins and 3 places from 10 races together.

Memory Dream : No UK form to discuss and a first start for trainer Ivan Furtado and hasn't had an outing for four months since finishing last of nine in a listed contest.

He was two from six in France, winning on soft and very soft over 7.5f, so conditions shouldn't be too far beyond him, but a mark of 97 looks excessive.

Poet's Dawn : Will probably attempt to win this from the front, a tactic that doesn't usually work in this type of race and although he did win a Class 3 handicap over 1m2f on soft ground at Ripon in August adopting the same tactics, he has been disappointing on two runs since off marks of 83 and 84.

Still rated 83, I think the handicapper has him held here and when you consider that he's 0/5 here at Redcar, 0/11 over a mile and 0/11 under today's jockey, you'd have to fancy others before him.

Stone Soldier : An A/W winner two starts ago, but is only 1/10 on the Flat and was well beaten last time out finishing 11 lengths behind the re-opposing Al Erayg over course and distance here.

He has won on soft ground previously and has also won under today's jockey. As Al Erayg is now ridden by a 7lb claimer, Stone Soldier is now even worse off at the weights, which means he's even less likely to overturn the 11 length deficit.

Striding Edge : Useful but inconsistent/unreliable type. Has won three times and placed twice from ten starts this season, but has finished 11th of 11, 13th of 13, 1st of 7 and 8th of 9 in his last four starts, which backs up the useful but unreliable tag.

In his defence, he is 1 from 1 at Class 3 on turf and has two wins and a place from four starts at this trip, but has never run on anything softer than good ground, is 0/3 under Franny Norton. He could win this at a big price, but is equally or more likely to come home stone last!

Turn On The Charm : Likely to be very popular, comes here in good form, has a top jockey on board and the Geegeez racecards suggest a good run.

Back to back wins (C4, 1m & C3, 8.5f) off marks of 77 and 82 send him here seeking a hat-trick, but he's raised another 6lbs here and has never encountered soft ground before. Major player if he handles the extra weight and the soft ground.

Young Fire : Speedy sort (top of our ratings) who was only beaten by less than four lengths over 6f in the Class 2 Ayr Gold Cup. Prior to that he had landed a Class 3 soft ground handicap at Haydock, whilst last time out, he was within three lengths of the winner in a Class 2 1m contest at York on soft.

This is a drop in both class and competitiveness and a similar effort to that York run would put him right in the mix here. He has two wins and place from five on soft ground and a similar record under today's jockey, but a 0/7 record at 7.5f-1m is an obvious black mark, as is the burden of top weight.


Turn on the Charm looks amongst the likely contenders here but at a price of 6/4 (Sunday 6.20pm), I can't back him : I can't see how the market rates him that much more likely to win than the others especially off such a high mark and on a soft ground debut.

So, the two I do like here are Al Arayg and Young Fire. Al Arayg looks long at 12/1 to me, based on what I've written above. I expected around 8/1 to 10/1, so he's a positive here, even from an E/W perspective.

Young Fire was 2.5 lengths ahead of him last time out and provided he doesn't leave his charge for the line too late, he should be a solid 5/1 pick here.

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  2. Blokeshead
    Blokeshead says:

    Very impressive, Chris. I hope I wasn’t the only one who had a cheeky little reverse forecast on too…..

    • Chris Worrall
      Chris Worrall says:

      Sometimes, things just come together and today was one of those days. But yes, I backed the winner at 5’s and the runner-up E/W at 12’s and couldn’t resist a cheeky wee forecast. The favourite ran well enough but was fairly soundly beaten as I’d hoped and Striding Edge did indeed come home stone last again.

  3. Rambler
    Rambler says:

    All coming together now Chris. Should have done the Exacta but thought Al Arayg was too skinny. Nice 1st & 2nd for highlighted runners and you were so right above the Fav. & striding Edge. Great fun !


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