Friday's pick was...
2.45 Ayr : Nomadic Empire @ 4/1 BOG 2nd at 5/1 (Prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on well final furlong but beaten by half a length)
Saturday's pick runs in the...
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Midnight Magic @ 3/1 BOG
...in a 9-runner, Class 5 Handicap Chase for 4yo+ over 3m2f on Good ground worth £3,165 to the winner...
Having lost out narrowly on successive days up at Ayr, I was sorely tempted to try again with Thursday's pick being turned back out again, but this 8yr old gelding then caught my eye, so it's chasing in Devon instead.
Our boy's overall career record of 2 from 26 isn't the most inspiring, but he has finished 151 in the three contests where he has worn a visor in a field of 8-1 runners at a trip beyond three miles. These include 2 from 2 in September/October, 1 from 2 under today's jockey David Noonan and 1 from 1 here at Newton Abbot, acquired in a course and distance success here last time out, eleven days ago.
That C&D win was what piqued my interest, because I remembered that Newton Abbot is one of a handful of courses where I look out for LTO C&D winners as since the start of 2017, such runners are 15 from 47 (31.9% SR) for 9.3pts (+19.8% ROI) profit at this venue and these include of relevance today...
- 14/38 (36.8%) for 15.9pts (+41.9%) from males
- 12/33 (36.4%) for 18.8pts (+57%) in fields of 5-9 runners
- 8/14 (57.1%) for 11.6pts (+82.9%) at 6-15 dslr
- 7/19 (36.8%) for 2.95pts (+15.5%) over fences
- and 3/6 (50%) for 2.93pts (+48.8%) over this 3m2f course and distance
...whilst males + 5-9 runners + 6-15 dslr = 6/8 (75% SR) for 13.56pts (+169.5% ROI) inc 4 from 5 (80%) for 9.62pts (+192.4%) over fences and 2 from 3 (66.6%) for 1.41pts (+47.1%) over this 3m2f trip : all over fences.
I could stop there, but I just couldn't put up a son of Midnight Legend with out referring to (as many long-standing readers will know!) one of my all-time favourite NH sires, who sadly is no longer with us, but his offspring continue to win races. I have a plethora of angles relating to Midnight Legend progeny, so here's one for today's contest...
...in hcp chases over 3m1.5f to 3m2f since the start of 2017, they are 17 from 70 (24.3% SR) for 20.63pts (+29.5% ROI), from which they are...
- 14/37 (37.8%) for 39pts (+105.3%) at the age of 8 or 9
- 13/51 (25.5%) for 15pts (+29.4%) from males
- 10/26 (38.5%) for 25.3pts (+97.4%) with 8/9 yr old males
- 4/13 (30.8%) for 2.5pts (+19%) here at Newton Abbot
- 3/8 (37.5%) for 5.5pts (+68.7%) from males here at N.A.
- 3/6 (50%) for 5.7pts (+94.8%) from 8/9 yo here at N.A.
- and 2/4 (50%) for 5.7pts (+142.9%) from 8/9 yo males here at Newton Abbot
...pointing to... a 1pt win bet on Midnight Magic @ 3/1 BOG as was widely available at 8.35am Saturday (bigger in places!), 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...
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