Setback for in-form apprentice Marco Ghiani

In-form apprentice Marco Ghiani will be sidelined for 15 days following a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing on Thursday.

The 5lb claimer has ridden seven winners in the last two weeks, including a double at Lingfield on Tuesday.

However, he will be out of action on January 15 and January 20 to February 2 inclusive after the independent BHA panel found him to have breached the rules following his second place aboard Fard in the first division of the Play 4 To Win Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton on December 19.

Ghiani was found to have allowed his mount to drift and interfere with another runner, with the case referred by the local stewards as Ghiani had been suspended for more than 20 days in the last six months.

The rider was handed a 20-day ban, with five days deferred for three months, and instructed to spend the final day of initial suspension at the British Racing School, if coronavirus restrictions allow.

Marco Ghiani keeps his name in lights at Lingfield

Red-hot apprentice Marco Ghiani continued his sensational run of form with a double at Lingfield on Tuesday.

Since booting home two winners at Southwell on New Year’s Day, the Italian-born jockey had added further successes at Wolverhampton and Lingfield to take his recent record to five winners from his last seven rides ahead of his return to the Surrey circuit.

The 5lb claimer kept the run going with victory aboard the Amy Murphy-trained Jennivere in the Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap, with the 100-30 chance clinging on by a short head from Nozieres.

Murphy said: “She’s a tough little filly and she deserved that as she probably should have won the last day – she just ran out of time.

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“She’s a home-bred, so it’s great to get a second win on the board for her.

“Marco is riding out of his skin and is definitely a jockey to follow.”

An hour later, Ghiani successfully combined with boss Stuart Williams as Passional completed her hat-trick in fine style in the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap.

Bought for just 5,500 guineas out of Simon and Ed Crisford’s yard in October, the daughter of Footstepsinthesand was placed on her first two starts for Williams, before bolting up at Southwell last month.

Having followed up at Wolverhampton on Saturday, Passional was the 8-15 favourite under a 5lb penalty and quickened up smartly to score by a length and a half.

Williams, saddling a fifth winner from his last five runners, said: “I think she was a bit unlucky in a few of her races for Simon and our family actually bred her, so we always kept an eye on her progress.

“When she went to the sales we said we’d try to buy her back and see if we could win a couple of races with her. It’s worked out well.”

Passional (centre) charges home at Lingfield
Passional (centre) charges home at Lingfield (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

On Ghiani, the Newmarket handler added: “He’s doing really well. He had a really good year two years ago and I didn’t want him to ride his claim out through the winter, so I sent him over to Brendan Walsh in America, just to ride trackwork for three or four months.

“He came back just before the start of the season here last year and obviously we went straight into lockdown. He ended up not riding for about seven months and lost all the contacts that he’d built up the year before, so in hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do.

“It’s just taken him a while to build his contacts back up again. My horses weren’t in spectacular form after the lockdown either, so little things like that conspired against him.

“Now we’re in better form, Marco has been around for a bit longer and is getting more rides off other people and it’s all come together.”

Elsewhere on the card, the Roger Varian-trained La Tihaty (10-11 favourite) went one better than when runner-up on his course and distance debut with an emphatic victory in the Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Novice Stakes.

Stat of the Day, 22nd July 2020

Tuesday's pick was...

3.45 Chepstow : Daheer @ 10/3 BOG 5th at 9/4 (Stayed in centre early, prominent when edged across to join field after 2f, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong)

Wednesday's pick runs in the...

4.50 Yarmouth :

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Dashing Roger @ 7/1 BOG a 9-runner, Class 5 Flat handicap for 3yo over 1m on Good to Firm ground worth £3,493 to the winner...


Starting as usual with the UK's most informative racecard...

As you can see, this horse was of immediate interest, because his trainer William Stone is one of a number of trainers I look out for in Class 5 handicaps. In fact, since the start of last season, both Class 5 & 6 contests have proved to be very rewarding for Mr Stone's followers, as shown below...

...with the average win price suggesting that today's long-ish odds shouldn't put you off taking a punt here.

A quick look at the 12 from 40 record shows...

  • 11/32 (34.4%) for 80.24pts (+250.8%) during April to July inclusive
  • 11/26 (42.3%) for 86.43pts (+332.4%) in fields of 7-11 runners
  • 10/29 (34.5%) for 85.41pts (+294.5%) at odds ranging from 7/2 to 20/1
  • 10/26 (38.5%) for 81.44pts (+313.2%) over trips of 6f to 1m2f
  • 7/20 (35%) for 27.47pts (+137.4%) on good to firm ground
  • 6/19 (31.6%) for 50.95pts (+268.2%) with LTO placers
  • 6/13 (46.2%) for 51.96pts (+399.7%) at class 5
  • 4/9 (44.4%) for 47.95pts (+532.8%) here at Yarmouth
  • and 2/7 (28.6%) for 8.68pts (+124%) for today's jockey Marco Ghiani...

...whilst those sent off at 7/2 to 20/1 in 7-11 runners contests over 6f to 1m2f during April to July are 7 from 11 (63.6% SR) for some 84.45pts (+767.8% ROI) with the four beaten runners including two runners-up, a third and a fourth place, whilst those 11 runners have a 2 from 2 record here at Yarmouth... us... a 1pt win bet on Dashing Roger @ 7/1 BOG as was widely available at 7.40am Wednesday with bet365 BOG, buts always please check your BOG status (*most are not BOG until later in the morning)To see a small sample of odds offered on this race... here for the betting on the 4.50 Yarmouth

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