Thursday's Pick was...
3.40 Ascot : Wild Illusion @ 11/4 BOG 2nd at 9/4 (Raced keenly, tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd 2f out, ridden and no chance with winner over 1f out, plugged on)
Next up is Friday's...
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Duke of Yorkshire @ 7/2 BOG
A 14-runner, Class 6, Amateur Riders Handicap for 4yo+ over 1msf on Good ground worth £3369 to the winner...
In a race seemingly full of out-of-form horses, our boy's 5 length success at Haydock LTO 15 days ago stands out like a relatively sore thumb. That was another amateur riders' contest, but at a higher grade than today and the jockey from last time, Emily Easterby, retains the ride seeking her fourth win on this horse.
Emily doesn't get too many opportunities to display her talents, but over the last 2.5 seasons (assuming we're halfway through this one!), she has won 7 of 47 (14.9% SR) Flat handicaps for profits of 13.22pts at a healthy ROI of 28.1%, and of those 47 rides...
- Class 6 : 4/24 (16.6%) for 6.98pts (+29.1%)
- in Amateur Riders' handicaps : 4/19 (21.1%) for 11.98pts (+63.1%)
- at 1m2f to 1m4f : 5/13 (38.5%) for 27.17pts (+209%)
- and in Class 6 Amateur Riders' handicaps : 4/12 (33.3%) for 18.98pts (+158.2%)
As for today's trainer, Emily's father, Tim Easterby : he's been in decent touch of late with 25 winners from 139 (18% SR) generating profits of 54.47pts (+39.2% ROI) over the last 30 days, whilst more long term his Class 4 to 6 runners here at Ayr are 24/153 (15.7% SR) for 36pts (+23.5% ROI) since 2009, including...
- males at 20/111 (18%) for 44.2pts (+39.8%)
- 11-20 days since last run : 15/65 (23.1%) for 30.18pts (+46.4%)
- LTO winners are 5/19 (26.3%) for 7.22pts (+38%)
...and male LTO winners running 11-20 days later are 3/7 (42.9% SR) for 11pts (+157.2% ROI)...
The LTO winner stats are interesting (to me, anyway!), as in 2018 alone Tim's LTO winners are 10 from 32 (31.25% SR) for 12.49pts (+39.1% ROI), including...
- 8/21 (38.1%) for 13.4pts (+63.8%) this Flat season
- 6/12 (50%) for 19.97pts (166.4%) just 11-20 days after their last run
- 4/11 (36.4%) for 8.16pts (+74.2%) on good ground
- 5/7 (71.4%) for 6.96pts (+99.4%) who won by 3 to 10 lengths LTO
- 2/4 (50%) f0r 10.08pts (+252%) at Class 6
- and 1/1 for 8.46pts here at Ayr...
...all pointing to...a 1pt win bet on Duke of Yorkshire @ 7/2 BOG, which was widely available at 9.55pm on Thursday evening. 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!