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Chichester keeps up big-race momentum for Fanning

Joe Fanning secured his first winner since steering Subjectivist to Gold Cup glory at Royal Ascot as Chichester came out on top in a thrilling three-way finish to the Stablemate By AGMA Carlisle Bell.

The 50-year-old enjoyed the biggest success of his career last week after Mark Johnston’s star stayer dominated his rivals in Ascot’s two-and-a-half-mile feature.

It was far harder work for the Keith Dalgleish-trained Chichester in the main event on one of the biggest days of the year in Cumbria, but the 11-2 chance dug deep for Fanning to see off Global Spirit and Lion Tower by a neck and a head respectively.

Dalgleish was completing a double on the card following the earlier success of Lady Lade (100-30) in the Book Your Christmas Party At Carlisle Racecourse Restricted Maiden in the hands of Callum Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was also on board as Dalgleish later made it a treble with Gometra Ginty (9-2) in the concluding Longtown Fillies’ Handicap.

Fanning said: “A good gallop suited this lad as I think he wants a bit further. We got a nice tow into the race and it worked out right.

“I think he’ll be a nice horse to go to war with in these big handicaps – I’m sure there’s another one or two in him.

“He could step up to a mile and a quarter. He’s grand and straightforward.”

The rider went on to reflect on Subjectivist’s Ascot triumph and is already looking forward to a rematch with Stradivarius, who finished fourth in his bid for a fourth Gold Cup, in the Goodwood Cup on July 27.

Joe Fanning celebrates with the trophy after winning the Gold Cup on Subjectivist
Joe Fanning celebrates with the trophy after winning the Gold Cup on Subjectivist (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“It was nice to go down there and have a winner at that meeting and in that race,” Fanning added.

“I wouldn’t swap him going to Ascot and I wouldn’t swap him going to Goodwood. He’s won around there before and he’s very easy – if there’s pace you can take a lead and if there’s no pace you can make the running.

“Ground doesn’t matter to him either – there’s no excuses.”

Tangled finished with a flourish to win the Carlisle Bell Consolation Race for the mother and daughter team of Karen and Gemma Tutty.

Successful at the course last month, the 17-2 winner powered home to follow up by half a length.

Karen Tutty said: “He seems to really love it here, doesn’t he? He was entered to run at Beverley after his last win here and it was abandoned, so we left him then to be fresh for today.

“He did it really well – he’s loving life at the moment.

“We obviously wanted to get in the Bell, but we just missed out. It’s nice to win a bigger race.”

Colony Queen made it two from two since joining trainer John Mackie with a half-length verdict in the Cumberland Plate.

Formerly with the now-retired Steve Gollings, the 13-2 shot followed up a recent Beverley success in good style under Ben Curtis.

“She ran a good race at Beverley when I thought she needed the run,” said Mackie.

“We felt she’d come on for it and stepped her up a little bit in trip, which we thought would suit.

“We were disgusted when we were drawn 17 of 17, but four non-runners has definitely helped, Ben gave her a beautiful ride and we’re very pleased to win a prestigious race like this.”

Spitting Feathers in the Carlisle winner's enclosure
Spitting Feathers in the Carlisle winner’s enclosure (Ashley Iveson/PA)

The Kevin Ryan-trained Spitting Feathers (5-1) impressed in winning the the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

The Iffraaj colt was not disgraced in finishing fifth on his racecourse debut at York and showed the benefit of that initial effort to get the better of Madame Bonbon by a length and a half.

Ryan said: “It was a good performance, he’s a big horse and mine always improve from their first run.

“He took a fair bit of pulling up today, which is a good sign. He’s done it stylishly and Tom (Eaves, jockey) said he had loads in hand. He was nearly down at the two-mile start by the time he pulled up, so the penny was only starting to drop late on.

“We like him and think he’s a good horse going forward.”

Quiet man Fanning celebrated by his peers after Gold Cup success

The warm reception Joe Fanning received from his fellow jockeys after he won the Gold Cup on Subjectivist at Royal Ascot spoke volumes of how much he is respected by his peers.

There was a mass exodus from the weighing room into the parade ring to greet the 50-year-old after his finest hour. Jockeys young and old, male and female, came out in force to applaud one of the quietest in their ranks.

Quiet, he may be – but at work during a race, Fanning is a fierce and well-respected competitor.

He does not shout his talents or exploits from the rooftops. He just goes about his job in a dedicated manner.

“I was surprised by the reception. They are a great bunch of lads. It was nice. It’s great to come here and win,” he said.

“To come to Royal Ascot and have any winner is nice, but to win the Gold Cup is very nice. It’s a very good race.”

Fanning did not ride Subjectivist in his first nine races, but has been aboard him for every one of his last eight.

The Dublin-born horseman has very much found the key to the new staying sensation and he took the crown in style from Stradivarius, who endured a nightmare passage in his bid to join Yeats as a four-time winner.

“He’s a horse that used to be a little bit keen, it’s best not to complicate things with him. If there’s no pace stride on with him, if there is pace just let him settle wherever he wants,” said Fanning.

“I always felt if the race collapsed in front, I’d let him stride on and I wouldn’t be clever on him.”

The horse had not run since winning the Dubai Gold Cup in March – but Fanning had not forgotten how impressive he was that day and employed similar tactics.

“In Dubai, the race collapsed and I took it up,” he explained.

“The plan was if he wanted to roll on, I’d let him roll on.”

Joe Fanning was presented with his trophy by the Princess Royal
Joe Fanning was presented with his trophy by the Princess Royal (Steven Paston/PA)

Though he was well clear in the straight, Fanning – who was presented with his trophy by the Princess Royal – did not take victory for granted.

“Even in the final furlong I was cautious something might come and challenge,” he said.

“There were some good horses in there, but I thought it would take a good one to come by me because I filled him up before the straight. I had plenty of horse under me and it took me a long time to pull him up.

“I was confident, but cautious as well.”

As for his enduring 30-year relationship with Mark Johnston and his Kingsley House stables in Middleham, Fanning said: “He’s a great man to ride for and Charlie (Johnston, son) is there now and the staff have been there years. It’s a great team. I’ve been there a lot of years now.

“I think I had a couple of winners for Mark in 1991 and went full-time in 1995.

“It’s great for the yard and Dr Jim (Walker, owner), who has been a brilliant owner with us for years.”

It was a first Gold Cup for Fanning, but a fourth for Johnston, after Double Trigger (in 1995) and two with Royal Rebel (2001 and 2002).

A big thumbs up from Joe Fanning
A big thumbs up from Joe Fanning (Steven Paston/PA)

Johnston praised Fanning for the ride he gave the horse.

“I was happy throughout,” he said. “We never tell to jockey to lead. It’s about going the pace that suits our horse and Joe is the master at it and when he sat in second and relaxed with the horse giving a beautiful lead in front it was perfect.

“With half a mile to go he was entering new territory, but you could see he hadn’t asked the horse for any effort yet. He gave him a beautiful ride round.

“Everybody talks about Steve Cauthen as a great front-running jockey, and I always put Jason Weaver up in the same sort of league, although he wasn’t around for so long, but I don’t think there’s anybody better than Joe Fanning. He is absolutely perfect at setting the pace.

“People kept saying is he going to lead today, is he not going to lead today? However many thousands of runners Joe’s had for us, we never tell him where he’s got to be in the field, and it was just a perfect pace all the way around.”

Sublime Subjectivist rules for Johnston and Fanning in Gold Cup

Subjectivist provided Mark Johnston with a fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, as Stradivarius – chasing a fourth win of his own – met trouble in running and could only finish fourth.

Joe Fanning sat second throughout as Amhran Na Bhfiann set steady fractions at the head of affairs, while Frankie Dettori on Stradivarius was happy to let the race unfold in front of him.

Fanning kicked clear with over two furlongs to run, just before the field turned into the straight, and as the runners bunched up Dettori found a wall of horses blocking his path on the favourite.

Subjectivist – so impressive in the Dubai Gold Cup last time out and a Group One winner in France before that – took three lengths out of the field and was never likely to be found out for a lack of stamina.

As he kicked clear Amhran Na Bhfiann was weakening rapidly – right into Dettori’s path – and all of a sudden Stradivarius was up against it.

Tony Mullins’ mare Princess Zoe came out of the pack to chase Subjectivist and although Dettori tried valiantly to weave his way through, he found himself with too much to do.

Subjectivist (13-2) had five lengths to spare over Princess Zoe, with Spanish Mission a further half-length back in third, just ahead of the 5-6 market leader.

Johnston had won the race previously with Double Trigger in 1995 and Royal Rebel in 2001 and 2002, and had been second in numerous big races to Stradivarius with Dee Ex Bee and Nayef Road.

The Middleham handler said: “He was on the up last winter, he won the Group One in France on heavy ground which made people think he wanted heavy ground.

“When he went to Dubai and won on fast ground, he put up the performance of his life, so I knew coming here – but I couldn’t be confident – that if he could reproduce that he would take an awful lot of beating.

Celebration time for the Subjectivist team
Celebration time for the Subjectivist team (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“Someone asked me earlier if he would lead, but we never tell the jockeys what to do, we always go a pace to suit our horse and when he’s sitting second like today, in a nice rhythm, I thought it was perfect.

“With half a mile to go we were in unknown territory, but Joe hadn’t asked for an effort and we knew from Dubai how he can finish off.”

He added: “The preparation wasn’t smooth, 45 minutes after his race in Dubai he was stood in a stable on one leg and we thought it was really serious and then last week he fell over in Middleham, scraping his knees and the only positive I could take was that Attraction did the same before winning the Queen Mary!

“I think we’ll look at the Goodwood Cup. We’ll have an eye on the winter in Dubai and Saudi given the money on offer. The number one thing, I think, will be to work back from this next year.”

Weighing-room veteran Fanning was afforded a tremendous reception by racegoers and his fellow riders on his return to the winner’s enclosure.

He said: “He’s a very straightforward horse, very uncomplicated, and he did all the hard work.

“I just let horses find their own comfort zone. He can be a little keen, but with every race he’s getting more relaxed. I always say to Mark it’s better off letting him jump and find his own rhythm.

“It was a steady pace, but he relaxed which helped. Six (furlongs) out I started to push a little and I was never going to take him back.

“It was nice to see the lads come out of the weighing room to welcome me in, it’s nice to come here and win a big race.

“Having the crowd back is great.”

Of the immediate Stradivarius reaction, John Gosden said: “It didn’t go to plan.

“I thought the winner was most impressive, but we were a long way back, had the filly beside us and couldn’t get out.

“We were just caught too far back. Frankie couldn’t get out when he wanted to. You need these races to go right, it didn’t exactly go to plan in running, but full marks to the winner, I thought he was mightily impressive.”

Dettori said: “I ran into a pocket turning for home. When you get stopped in a two-and-half-mile race, you never get going again. The winner’s a good winner, but I’d love to have had another shot at it.”

Princess Zoe ran a huge race on ground that would have been quick enough for her, leaving Mullins rightly proud of her effort.

He said: “Everything will revolve around the Prix du Cadran, with whatever presents itself beforehand.

“I think we’ve been beaten by a great champion, and she’s run the race of her life.

“The owners have expressed a view to consider the Cheltenham Festival. She’s jumped a few on the q.t, and seems to enjoy it, but it’s whether her legs would stand it and it’s just a thought.”

Her rider Joey Sheridan said: “I’m over the moon for all the connections and she’s shown the people who doubted her just how good she is.

“We would never have beaten the winner, but on easier ground would have been closer.”

Andrew Balding was also thrilled with Spanish Mission, saying: “We’re thrilled with his run and might look at the Goodwood Cup.”

Jockey William Buick added: “It was a great run, because that trip stretches him. He gave me a great ride.”

Subjectivist streaks to Dubai gold

Mark Johnston’s Subjectivist put up an impressive performance to win the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan.

The four-year-old, winner of the Group One Prix Royal-Oak on heavy ground when last seen at ParisLongchamp in October, demonstrated his adaptability on this much quicker surface, and put down a marker for all this summer’s top staying races.

Joe Fanning had the 5-1 shot prominent throughout as For The Top initially led the Group Two field.

Subjectivist took over to go clear in the straight and had a yawning five and three-quarter lengths to spare at the line – as outsiders Walderbe and Away He Goes stayed on best of the well-beaten rest to be second and third respectively.

Johnston confirmed he found Subjectivist’s dominant performance a joy to watch throughout.

“Always, from past the winning post first time I thought ‘this is perfect, I’m very happy, he’s going really well,” said the Middleham trainer.

“When he hit the front, I was thinking ‘well, I’m glad I’m not the trainer of one of the other horses!

“I just thought frankly, as proved to be the case … anybody who thinks they can go and catch this horse from back there and make up that sort of ground … I just thought it was absolutely perfect.

“It wasn’t as if he’d been running too free, or he’d been driven to the front. He eased to the front with five lengths to spare over the field, and it just couldn’t have been better.”

The trainer of former Ascot Gold Cup winners Double Trigger and Royal Rebel, and last year’s runner-up Nayef Road, believes Subjectivist could be lynchpin of a successful new era for his yard in the staying division.

Acknowledging huge respect for John Gosden’s three-time Ascot winner and title-holder Stradivarius, Johnston is nonetheless up for the challenge.

“You can never underestimate Stradivarius, because he’s beaten some fantastic horses – including Dee Ex Bee – and we thought in Dee Ex Bee, we had the absolute perfect Cup horse,” he said.

“Stradivarius made short work of him. But it’s not all about one horse, and we go into 2021 with this horse and Nayef Road – the nearest thing to Stradivarius last year – so it’s just very, very exciting.

“We love the Cup division. With Double Trigger and then Royal Rebel, we were always right up there with some of the best horses in the staying division.

“We’ve had a few relatively quiet years. But I just feel we are going into it (this year) with the best team in the world.

Goodwood Festival – Day One
Stradivarius may lie in wait for Subjectivist this summer (Dan Abraham/PA)

Fanning – making his first trip to Meydan – always felt in control on Subjectivist.

“He is a little bit keen – (but) he switched off nicely,” said the winning jockey.

“It was a nice even pace, and down the back I was going so well I just let him roll on a little bit because I knew he’d stay very well on this ground.

“I was very confident turning into the straight I had plenty left.

“I didn’t want the race to slow up, and I had so much horse before the straight. So I got a breather into him, then kicked, and was pretty comfortable.

“I’ve never been to Dubai before. I thought he had a big, strong chance – so I was glad to come over.”

Fanning had no doubts about Subjectivist on this quicker surface, either.

“Everyone thinks he wants soft, heavy ground – but I think he’s the type who’ll go on anything,” he said.

“So I was never worried about the ground here – I think he’s a very versatile horse.”

Johnston’s overdue Meydan victory came in a necessarily hushed atmosphere as coronavirus restrictions continue to limit attendances.

He added: “It doesn’t matter where we are in the world – this is not normal.

“Dubai World Cup night would normally be one of the biggest meetings in terms of attendances that we go to in the year.

“So this is very, very different – so sad for Dubai.”

In the year of the meeting’s 25th anniversary, it was also run following the death this week of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum – deputy ruler of Dubai and owner and breeder of many of world racing’s greats over the past 30 years.

“After Sheikh Hamdan’s death, we all wondered if it could go ahead – and we were told it would, because that’s what Sheikh Hamdan would have wanted,” said Johnston.

“All the odds were stacked against there even being a race meeting tonight – and it’s the 25th anniversary. So what better time to win?”

Mildenberger is determined winner at Wolverhampton

Mildenberger just prevailed in a thrilling tussle with Rainbow Dreamer to edge victory by a head in the Betway Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton.

Winning jockey Joe Fanning did his best to ensure a modest early pace increased with a circuit to go, taking Mark Johnston’s stayer briefly prominent for the first time as the field passed the stands.

It was a mid-race move which paid off as Outbox and eventual third Nate The Great took the hint and upped the tempo – to Mildenberger’s advantage by the time he moved to the lead entering the straight again.

Rainbow Dreamer, the 7-4 favourite to win this fast-track qualifier for the second year in succession, closed to produce a strong challenge in the final furlong.

But despite edging successfully through a gap between Mildenberger and Nate The Great to claim a rail position, Tom Marquand and the runner-up could not quite get to the 11-4 winner.

Mildenberger, who was turning round recent Newcastle form with Rainbow Dreamer, has therefore booked his place in the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championship at Lingfield on Good Friday.

Fanning told Sky Sports Racing: “It was a messy race – the pace kept steadying, and every time I went to go and put a bit of pressure on they kept quickening up, and then when I came back they slowed up again.

“If they’d gone a proper gallop, I’d have won (further).”

Mildenberger, second in last year’s Group Three Sagaro Stakes at Newcastle, nonetheless responded with great determination when it mattered.

Fanning, who was riding the six-year-old for only the second time, added: “Every time this guy’s won when I’ve seen him (previously), it’s been a good gallop.

“I was just worried it was slowing up a little bit for him.

“He’s a very good horse on the turf as well, and I thought he had a big shout in that kind of race.”

Stat of the Day, 15th June 2020

Saturday's pick was...

1.15 Newbury : Singing Sheriff @ 5/1 BOG 6th at 3/1 (Awkwardly and lost ground start, held up in last pair, headway on far rail over 2f out, ridden and hung left 2f out, weakened final furlong)

Monday's pick runs in the...

3.25 Pontefract :

Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Currently, I'll identify and share the selection between 8.00am and 8.30am and I then add a more detailed write-up later within an hour or so of going "live".

Those happy to take the early price on trust can do so, whilst some might prefer to wait for my reasoning. As I fit the early service in around my family life, I can't give an exact timing on the posts, so I suggest you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for instant notifications of a published pick.

Who?

My Girl Maggie @ 11/4 BOG

...in a 7-runner, Class 5, Flat handicap for 3yo over 1m4f on Good ground worth £3,493 to the winner...

Why?...

In my haste this morning to get out to my aunt's funeral, I inadvertently quoted Mark Johnston's Goodwood stats! So, much later than planned/usual (approaching 12.30pm!), here are the correct details for today...

Mark Johnston + Pontefract + Classes 2-5 + 1m2f and beyond + 9/1 max SP + 2016-20 = 16 from 55 (29.1% SR) for 10.03pts (+18.2% ROI), from which...

  • 10/27 (37%) for 10.23pts (+37.9%) were placed LTO
  • 7/18 (38.9%) for 7.09pts (+39.4%) with those with a run in the previous 10 days
  • 6/14 (42.9%) for 3.13pts (+22.4%) in 3yo contests
  • 4/13 (30.8%) for 10.05pts (+77.3%) with females
  • 4/11 (36.4%) for 2.18pts (+19.8%) in June
  • and 4/10 (40%) for 16.84pts (+168.4%) with Joe Fanning in the saddle

Plus from the unique Geegeez racecard pace/draw heatmap...

...which is why I placed...a 1pt win bet on My Girl Maggie @ 11/4 BOG as was widely available at 8.00am Monday, but as always please check your BOG status. To see what your preferred bookie is quoting...

...click here for the betting on the 3.25 Pontefract

Don't forget, we offer a full interactive racecard service every day!

REMINDER: THERE IS NO STAT OF THE DAY ON SUNDAYS

Here is today's racecard

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!

Stat of the Day, 15th June 2020

Saturday's pick was...

1.15 Newbury : Singing Sheriff @ 5/1 BOG 6th at 3/1 (Awkwardly and lost ground start, held up in last pair, headway on far rail over 2f out, ridden and hung left 2f out, weakened final furlong)

Monday's pick runs in the...

3.25 Pontefract :

Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Currently, I'll identify and share the selection between 8.00am and 8.30am and I then add a more detailed write-up later within an hour or so of going "live".

Those happy to take the early price on trust can do so, whilst some might prefer to wait for my reasoning. As I fit the early service in around my family life, I can't give an exact timing on the posts, so I suggest you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for instant notifications of a published pick.

Who?

My Girl Maggie @ 11/4 BOG

...in a 7-runner, Class 5, Flat handicap for 3yo over 1m4f on Good ground worth £3,493 to the winner...

Why?...

In my haste this morning to get out to my aunt's funeral, I inadvertently quoted Mark Johnston's Goodwood stats! So, much later than planned/usual (approaching 12.30pm!), here are the correct details for today...

Mark Johnston + Pontefract + Classes 2-5 + 1m2f and beyond + 9/1 max SP + 2016-20 = 16 from 55 (29.1% SR) for 10.03pts (+18.2% ROI), from which...

  • 10/27 (37%) for 10.23pts (+37.9%) were placed LTO
  • 7/18 (38.9%) for 7.09pts (+39.4%) with those with a run in the previous 10 days
  • 6/14 (42.9%) for 3.13pts (+22.4%) in 3yo contests
  • 4/13 (30.8%) for 10.05pts (+77.3%) with females
  • 4/11 (36.4%) for 2.18pts (+19.8%) in June
  • and 4/10 (40%) for 16.84pts (+168.4%) with Joe Fanning in the saddle

Plus from the unique Geegeez racecard pace/draw heatmap...

...which is why I placed...a 1pt win bet on My Girl Maggie @ 11/4 BOG as was widely available at 8.00am Monday, but as always please check your BOG status. To see what your preferred bookie is quoting...

...click here for the betting on the 3.25 Pontefract

Don't forget, we offer a full interactive racecard service every day!

REMINDER: THERE IS NO STAT OF THE DAY ON SUNDAYS

Here is today's racecard

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!

Stat of the Day, 11th June 2020

Wednesday's pick was...

5.20 Wolverhampton : Bavardages @ 10/3 BOG 2nd at 5/2 (Raced wide prominent, led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, edged left towards finish and beaten by a neck) : I'd say he was forced left rather than him edging over, but the neck margin of defeat wasn't as close as it seems.

Thursday's pick runs in the...

5.40 Lingfield :

Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Currently, I'll identify and share the selection between 8.00am and 8.30am and I then add a more detailed write-up later within an hour or so of going "live".

Those happy to take the early price on trust can do so, whilst some might prefer to wait for my reasoning. As I fit the early service in around my family life, I can't give an exact timing on the posts, so I suggest you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for instant notifications of a published pick.

Who?

Almqvist @ 11/4 non-BOG or 5/2 BOG

...in a 9-runner, Class 5, A/W handicap for 3yo over 6f on Polytrack worth £3,493 to the winner...

Why?...

We start with the entry in the racecard...

...which tells us instantly that both trainer and jockey have decent records at the track (green C5 icon), so I won't labour those individual points today and move straight on the horse itself, a 3 yr old Colt who was a course and distance winner under today's jockey when last seen 90 days ago. This makes him another qualifier for this angle I used yesterday that almost bagged us another winner...

...yesterday's losing selection hasn't been added to the stats just yet, but that doesn't alter the numbers too much and of those 52 (now 53, of course!) qualifiers...

  • those competing for less than £8k are 18/43 (41.9%) for 42.1pts (+98%)
  • on Polytrack : 12/27 (44.4%) for 24.1pts (+89.1%)
  • ridden by Joe Fanning : 10/26 (38.5%) for 16.3pts (+62.6%)
  • at Class 5 : 8/17 (47.1%) for 21.75pts (+128%)
  • here at Lingfield : 8/13 (61.5%) for 22.9pts (+176%)
  • LTO Winners are 6/10 960%) for 15.03pts (+150.3%)
  • and those coming back from 60-90 days off track are 4 from 8 (50%) for 11.5pts (+143.6%)

I wasn't surprised to see good numbers above for the jockey and track filters, because according to a simple angle I have stored in my Geegeez Query Tool...

this has happened...

and the above impressive 81% ROI at SP (which nobody should be using) is transformed to a brilliant 107.8% at Betfair SP! And of these 71 qualifiers from a really simple angle...

  • male runners are 16/45 (35.6%) for 45.4pts (+100.8%)
  • those racing in fields of 7-9 runners are 12/31 (38.7%) for 68.8pts (+222.1%)
  • those competing for prizes less than £4k are 10/34 (29.4%) for 48.8pts (+143.5%)
  • whilst Class 5 runners are 7/21 (33.3%) for 32.3pts (+153.7%)

...giving us...a 1pt win bet on Almqvist @ 11/4 non-BOG or 5/2 BOG as was offered generally at 8.10am Thursday, but as always please check your BOG status. To see what your preferred bookie is quoting...

...click here for the betting on the 5.40 Lingfield

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REMINDER: THERE IS NO STAT OF THE DAY ON SUNDAYS

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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!