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Racing Insights, Friday 12/07/24

Friday is Horses For Courses (H4C) report day at Geegeez and this feature does exactly what you'd expect, as it shows the full course history since 2009 of any horse running that has previously had a run at that track, sorted by number of wins, but this can be changed to any column at your discretion.

As well as today’s race time, course, horse name, jockey and trainer name, there is a breakdown of runs, wins and places, and profit and loss calculations for both win and each way betting. And as with all Geegeez reports, there is a ‘Today’ and a ‘Tomorrow’ (for the next day’s racing) view.

HINT: Layers might like to look towards the lower end of the report, for those with negative performance at the track, but please refer to our User Guide for further information.

My chosen settings for the report...

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...have yielded just one qualifier...

...for me to consider along with our daily list of 'free' racecards...

  • 2.15 Ascot
  • 2.25 Newmarket
  • 4.15 Dundalk
  • 4.45 Newmarket
  • 5.10 Ascot
  • 5.50 Chepstow

The highest-rated of all those races above is obviously the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, aka the 2.25 Newmarket, but 2 yr old fillies really aren't my thing. Next 'best' on the list is the 5.10 Ascot, a 9-runner, Class 3, 3yo+ flat handicap over a straight 6f on good to soft ground...

...where surprisingly not one of them managed to win last time out and only Rhythm n Hooves had a top three finish as a three-length runner-up at Newmarket, but half a doxen of the field have won at least once in their last seven starts (Glenfinnan, Executive Decision and Bishops Crown all doing so twice), whilst Mums Tipple, Fresh and The Big Board's current cold spells stand at 12. 14 and 8 consecutive defeats respectively.

Fresh and Mums Tipple's hopes of a return to winning ways are boosted by them dropping down a class, as do the other two runners, Glenfinnan and Rizg, in the top four of the weights. Executive Decision also drops in class, but The Big Board steps up a class despite losing each of his eight outings. Rizg and Jarraaf both run in handicaps for just the second time and top weight Glenfinnan makes a debut in cheekpieces.

All of them have already tasted victory over today's trip and both Rhythm n Hooves and The Big Board have already won on this track, albeit over 5f, but Glenfinnan, Mums Tipple and Fresh are all former course and distance winners with Glenfinnan's win two months and three starts ago the most recent and he was only beaten by less than two lengths here over track and trip last time out, when a gallant 5th of 25 in the Wokingham. That said, he still has to play second fiddle to Executive Decision when it comes to looking at the two-year win records documented by Instant Expert...

...where the red flags for me are with Mums Tipple and Fresh over today's trip, although the latter's recent poor form sees him some 11lbs below his last winning mark, so he could be dangerously weighted if finally finding his feet again. And I suppose you could say the same about The Big Board, who is 8lbs lower than his own last win and has no red on the graphic above. He could be a contender for the frame, if the following place stats are kind...

Sadly, I'd say they weren't kind enough for him to be in my immediate eye-line, but he can stay under consideration for now, but I'm going to put Rizg, Fresh and Jarraaf on the 'doubtful' list prior to checking the draw and pace stats.

The afore-mentioned Rizg is actually drawn in stall 1, which has done extremely well here in the past which I presume is down to having the rail as a guide. From a place perspective, I'd say those drawn in 5 or higher have fared best of all...

...in 50-odd races that have slightly favoured those willing to get on with things...



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...which could be good news for the relatively in-form Rhythm n Hooves if the field's last few runs are anything to go by...

...and although doubtful after Instant Expert, Jarraaf looks well poised from a pace perspective and he's just about on the 'right' side of the draw stats, so he could be interesting.

Summary

Glenfinnan was the one that I thought might come out of this the best, a course and distance winner just two months and three starts ago and arriving here off the back of a really good effort in the Wokingham. Sadly the pace/draw stats don't back up his claims entirely, but I think he's dangerous here. Jarraaf is unexposed under these conditions, is just about in the right part of the draw and may well be the pace-setter today, which puts him in contention alongside fellow front runner Rhythm n Hooves.

Rhythm n Hooves is in decent nick with a win three starts ago and a runner-up finish last time out, he'll be up with the pace and is drawn even better than Jarraaf. He doesn't have a great record at Class 3, but did win a 26-runner Class 2 handicap here last summer beating subsequent Group 2 and Listed class runners in the process.

So, that's my three against the field in what looks a pretty open contest.

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