Saturday's Pick was...
2.50 Fontwell : Notnow Seamus @ 10/3 BOG non-runner (Withdrawn by the Trainer at 14:14, because the going was changed to Good to Soft from Good / Good to Firm in places)
Monday's pick runs in the...
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Who's My Jockey @ 7/2 BOG
In an 8-runner, Class 3, Handicap Hurdle for 4yo+ over 2m6½f on Good ground, worth £8837 to the winner...
This 5 yr old gelding has 3 wins and 3 places from just 7 outings so far, including 2+3 from 5 over hurdles. He's 3+1 from 5 on good ground, 2+2 from 5 under jockey Richard Johnson and 2+1 from 3 in fields of 7-9 runners, so conditions should be fine for him here.
This is his first outing in just over 20 weeks (143 days to be precise), but whilst that can be a concern for some horses, he did make the frame on this very date last year off a break of 182 days and then in April of this year won after a 126 day absence, so my fears on that score are allayed somewhat.
His trainer Philip Hobbs has had a quiet late summer/early autumn thus far, sending out just 19 runners in the last 60 days but with 7 winners (36.8% SR) in that period and a 30-day record of 4 from 12 (33.3%), I think the yard is just getting to ramp up for the season proper. His record here at Stratford is decent enough too, with 22 winners from 83 (26.5% SR) yielding punter profits of 40.5pts (+48.8% ROI) since the start of 2013 and with this contest in mind, those 83 runners are...
- 17/59 (28.8%) for 53pts (+89.9%) in handicaps
- 13/40 (32.5%) for 15.9pts (+39.7%) with Richard Johnson in the saddle
- 12/33 (36.4%) for 42.3pts (+128.2%) at Class 3
- and 6/28 (21.45) for 6.6pts (+23.5%) over hurdles
...whilst from the above : Hobbs + Johnson + Class 3 handicap = 6/13 (46.2% SR) for 18.2pts (+140.1% ROI).
That 13/40 trainer/jockey stat above is unsurprising as more generally the partnership is 32 from 146 (21.9% SR) for 33.4pts (+22.9% ROI) in Class 3 handicap hurdles here in the UK since the start of 2012.
And finally, I'd like to refer back to this horse coming off a break of just over 20 weeks. I already said he'd run well previously after a lay-off, but it's worth noting that this yard's runners do very well when the market money is down on one coming back from a lay off. In numerical terms, I'm telling you that since the start of 2010, Philip Hobbs' runners priced at 11/8 to 9/2 returning from an absence of 4 to 8 months are 54 from 167 (32.3% SR) for level stakes profits of 42.9pts (+25.7% ROI) and once again with this race in mind, this stat includes...
- male runners at 52/153 (34%) for 50pts (+32.7%)
- in the August-January half-year : 48/141 (34%) for 49.6pts (+35.2%)
- with RJ in the saddle : 37/109 (34%) for 37.7pts (+34.6%)
- over hurdles : 29/84 (34.5%) for 32.4pts (+38.6%)
- in handicaps : 29/83 (34.9%) for 31.2pts (+37.6%)
- at Class 3 : 17/46 (37%) for 17.3pts (+37.5%)
- and over trips of 2m6½f to 2m7f : 6/11 (54.5%) for 15.43pts (+140.3%)
And those pretty consistent numbers can be combined to make several profitable angles. of course, each time you add a layer, you dilute the sample size but if you wanted, you could go with...RJ on male hcp hurdlers from Aug-Jan for 10 wins from 22 (45.5% SR) and 18.33pts (+83.3% ROI) profit from which those racing over trips of 2m6½f to 2m7f are 3/5 (60%) for 7.5pts (+150%)...
...all pointing towards... a 1pt win bet on Who's My Jockey @ 7/2 BOG , a price widely available at 7.45pm on Sunday evening. 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!