One third (9 winners/27 races) of the market leaders won during the first four meetings at Catterick last season, statistics which include joint and co favourites. Tim Easterby led the way with three winners (11/4*-5/2**-25/1), with Ruth Carr (12/1 & 5/1) and Paul Midgley (22/1 & 16/1) chipping in with a brace apiece during the study period. Nineteen of the twenty seven winners were returned at odds of 9/1 or less.
2.00: Five renewals had slipped by without a successful favourite being recorded before last year‘s 4/1 market leader obliged. Nine of the last ten winners have scored at 8/1 or less. Six of the last eight winners have carried a minimum burden of 8-12 to victory.
3.20: David Nicholls has saddled three winners via just six renewals to date, with Rio Cobolo representing the yard on this occasion. That said, the last four winners have all carried 9-1 or more.
3.50: Three-year-olds have won nine of the last contests, whilst three clear market leaders have scored during the last decade alongside one joint favourite. The last six winners have been returned at 15/2 or less.
4.20: This is the second division of the 3.20 contest, with David Nicholls set to be represented by Mujaadel on this occasion. Three of the five runners saddled by Michael Dods at Newcastle on Saturday won (1520/1 treble) and the trainer in next represented on Wednesday here at Catterick and at Nottingham.
4.50: Four successive favourites (of one description or another) had won (including three five-year-olds) before last year’s 25/1 gold medallist rocked the boat. Brian Ellison (Knightly Escapade & Royal Opera) and Alan Swinbank (Anna’s Arch) have both saddled two winners of this event within the last eight years.
Mick Channon led the way via the first four meetings at Nottingham last year by saddling three (7/4-10/3-10/3**) winners. Paul Midgley (3/1* & 11/1) and Willaim Muir (7/2* & 9/2) saddled two winners during the study period. Eight of the twenty seven races were won by market leaders, with twenty two gold medallists sent off at odds of 9/1 or less.
2.40: Just one (13/8) favourite has obliged via the last eight renewals of this handicap event, with three winners returned in double figures at 33/1-14/1-14/1. Six of the last eight winners have carried a maximum burden of 9-2.
3.10: Favourites have won six of the last ten contests with the biggest priced winner being returned at 9/1 during the period.
3.40: Favourites have won four of the last nine renewals during which time, four-year-olds have scored four times. Nicky Henderson creates a ‘double first’ here as the trainer has not saddled a runner here at Nottingham since the old king died, whilst Andrea Atzeni takes his first ride for the Seven Barrows stable.
4.10: The last seven favourites have all been beaten whilst the last five gold medallists were burdened with a maximum weight of 9-1.
5.10: The three winners to date have scored at 14/1-10/1-7/1, all three winners having carried 8-13 or less.
Ralph Beckett has his team in fine each way form at present and with the trainer boasting a 22% strike rate at the track (alongside an LSP figure of sixty six points), Ralph’s runners demand close attention at the Sunbury circuit.
Plenty of claiming jockeys rack up early winners via their allowance but Robert Tart’s 25% strike rate here at Lingfield suggests we are witnessing the emergence of a rare talent.