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Judicial out to defend Golden Rose title

Judicial will bid for back-to-back wins in the Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield.

The eight-year-old sprang a 20-1 surprise in the 2019 edition of Saturday’s Listed heat, and trainer Julie Camacho was looking towards All Weather Finals Day with her charge until the April event was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Judicial returned with a fine effort to finish second in the Palace House Stakes back in June, before adding the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on his next start and then also winning the Queensferry Stakes at Chester in August.

He has not run since finishing fourth at York in September. But Steve Brown, husband and assistant to Camacho, revealed this weekend’s feature race has been the long-term aim.

He said: “Judicial has had a nice preparation for this. The ground at the back-end of the turf season is generally against him, which is why we planned to wait for the Golden Rose.

“I think it looks a stronger race compared to last year, and obviously he will have a penalty to carry for his Group Three win at Newcastle. It will be a tougher test for him, but at the same time we are looking forward to it.

“In winning this race last year, he really proved himself over six furlongs, and I think that extra furlong over the last 12 months has really suited him. He has looked a better horse over six furlongs, because he has been able to travel more within himself.”

While Judicial is now in his seventh season, Brown feels the fact he has been lightly raced is key to how he is maintaining his form.

He added: “For all he is eight going on nine, he has not had a hard time of things.

“He has run 40 times in his life, which is not a lot for a sprinter of his age, and touch wood he is a very sound horse with no aches and pains. It all contributes to him being in such good form at this stage of his life.”

Stat of the Day, 1st September 2020

Monday's pick was...

12.00 Southwell : Cape Greco @ 8/1 BOG 5th at 10/3 (In rear, pushed along over 2f out, some late headway, beaten by 6 lengths and never nearer) Absolutely dreadful tactics with a horse known for prominent/front running.

Tuesday's pick runs in the...

7.45 Hamilton :

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Who?

Kayewhykelly @ 5/2 BOG

...in an 8-runner, Class 4, Flat Handicap for 3yo+ over 1m½f on Soft ground worth £6,631 to the winner...

Why?...

Running late due to some tech issues at home overnight, so I'll keep this as brief as I can, starting, as ever, with the racecard, which pretty much is my way in to this race....

So, trainer Julie Camacho's only runner of the day is this 3 yr old filly who won handsomely by 5.5 lengths under today's jockey over a mile at Haydock 24 days ago. The sample sizes aren't the best, but trainer & jockey seem to fare well together and Julie has a decent enough record here at Hamilton to warrant a second look, whilst the speed ratings are gently persuasive too.

A closer inspection of Julie's 5 year record here at Hamilton shows that her runners are actually 7 from 16 (43.75% SR) for 23.09pts (+144.3% ROI at betfair SP) over the last four (inc this one) seasons with the following of relevance/note today...

  • 7/15 (46.7%) for 24.09pts (+160.6%) in handicaps
  • 7/10 (70%) for 29.09pts (+290.9%) at odds of 6/4 to 6/1
  • 7/9 (77.8%) for 30.09pts (+334.3%) with handicappers sent off at 6/4 to 6/1
  • 4/8 (50%) for 15.36pts (+192%) at Class 4
  • 4/7 (57.1%) for 13.32pts (+190.3%) in races worth £4k to £8k
  • 4/6 (66.6%) for 12.23pts (+203.9%) from those placed LTO
  • 2/4 (50%) for 9.4pts (+235%) stepping up a class
  • and 2/4 (50%) for 7.31pts (+182.2%) with female runners...

...pointing towards... a 1pt win bet on Kayewhykelly @ 5/2 BOG as was available at 8.30am Tuesday, but as always please check your own BOG status (*some firms are not BOG until later in the morning)To see a small sample of odds offered on this race...

...click here for the betting on the 7.45 Hamilton

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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!