Saturday's Runner was...
2.45 Bangor : Red Devil Star @ 11/4 BOG 3rd at 11/4 (In touch, hampered 1st, chased leaders 5 out, pushed along next, stayed on same pace from 2 out)
We seek an upturn in fortunes via Monday's...
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Sky Full Of Stars @ 3/1 BOG
A 11-runner, Class 5, 1m7.5f Handicap Chase (5yo+) on soft ground worth £4549 to the winner...
This 8 yr old gelding has one win and one place from three runs over fences this year, all over 2m 0.5f on heavy ground and he was only narrowly beaten (0.75 lengths) when 21 lengths clear of the 3rd place horse at relatively nearby Newcastle last time out nine days.
He jumped much better than the winner and the omission of the last fence that day possibly made a difference to the end result, but who knows?
He also has one win and one place from three efforts over fences at this trip and this slight drop in distance allied to better racing ground might just swing it for him/us.
His trainer James Ewart has actually been profitable to back blindly in NH handicaps over recent years, as his 79 winners from 523 (15.1% SR) since the start of 2013 have been worth 81.1pts at an ROI of 15.5%, but rather than blanket betting, let's just take a quick look at the chasers from that dataset...
- on soft ground : 10/56 (17.9%) for 16.46pts (+29.4%)
- 4-15 days since last run : 12/34 (35.3%) for 14.48pts (+42.6%)
- at Class 5 : 10/33 (30.3%) for 27.32pts (+82.8%)
- and here at Hexham : 6/17 (35.3%) for 19.67pts (+115.7%)
...giving us...a 1pt win bet on Sky Full Of Stars @ 3/1 BOG which was available from Betfair & Paddy Power at 5.10pm on Sunday. To see what your preferred bookie is offering, simply...
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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!