Saturday's pick was...
3.10 Thurles : Sizing Pottsie @ 9/4 BOG fell at 9/4 (Led, mistake 7th and slight mistake next, pushed along and joined when fell 2 out) Aside from the fall, the jumping wasn't really up to scratch for this level.
Monday's pick runs in the...
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Hong Kong @ 10/3 BOG
...in a 14-runner, Flat Handicap for 3yo over 7f on heavy ground worth £26,549 to the winner...
This 3 yr old colt has already won in the mud here at Naas when scoring by two lengths over 6f last October and his breeding suggests he'll be better in time than his current mark of 88 would intimate.
He is trained by household name, AP O'Brien, who has won this race twice in the last seven runnings and is also 55 from 170 (32.4% SR) for 36.5pts (+21.5% ROI) here at Naas on the Flat with horses sent off at 7/1 and shorter over the last three seasons, including...
- 37/111 (33.3%) for 38.8pts (+35%) over 6f to 1m
- 24/78 (30.8%) for 25.5pts (+32.7%) with 3 yr olds
- 19/68 (27.9%) for 17pts (+25%) in big (ie 12+) fields
- and 7/19 (36.8%) for 12.6pts (+66.2%) on Soft to Heavy/Heavy ground
...whilst for a broad AP/Naas micro, try 2 & 3 yr olds @ 6f-1m in fields of 7-16 runners = 28/75 (37.3% SR) for 47.1pts (+62.8% ROI).
And that's possibly/probably enough to justify the selection today, but as Hong Kong is now returning from Group 3 action at Newmarket to make a handicap debut here, it's also worth looking at AP's runners making a handicap debut on the Flat and if we do that we see 38 winners from 164 (23.2% SR) for 105.4pts (+64.3% ROI) over the last six seasons, including of note/relevance today...
- 34/122 (27.9%) for 102.2pts (+83.8%) at odds of Evens to 10/1
- 28/116 (24.1%) for 85.7pts (+73.9%) with male runners
- 26/110 (23.6%) for 95.7pts (+87%) with 3 yr olds
- 19/65 (29.2%) for 91.4pts (+140.6%) over the last two seasons
- 17/62 (27.4%) for 83.3pts (+134.4%) in races worth £13-75k
- 9/26 (34.6%) for 37.8pts (+145.4%) at 7f
- 7/23 (30.4%) for 28.3pts (+122.9%) here at Naas
- and 5/25 (20%) for 32.3pts (+129.2%) under today's jockey, Seamie Heffernan
...and an AP/hcp debut micro? 3yo males at Evs to 10/1 over last two seasons = 8/23 (34.8% SR) for 28.3pts (+123.1% ROI)...
...but first...a 1pt win bet on Hong Kong @ 10/3 BOG as was offered by BetVictor, Hills & Ladbrokes at 8.05am Monday whilst Coral were a fraction longer, but as always please check your BOG status. To see what your preferred bookie is quoting...
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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!