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Dubai struck by a bout of the blues

Saturday’s Dubai World Cup proved a triumph for Team Godolphin, with the boys in blue scooping the three most valuable events.

Bob Baffert had hoped to land the Dubai World Cup for the second-year running, following Arrogate’s stunning success in 2017. West Coast was duly sent off a short-priced favourite but was firmly put in his place by the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow. A Group One winner at the three, the four-year-old has clearly flourished during his winter in Meydan. Sent to the front by Christophe Soumillon, he never looked in danger, romping clear in the latter stages for a five-length success. West Coast had tried to close him down in the home straight but lacked the gears to land a telling blow.

The winning trainer was clearly thrilled, when after the race he said: “This horse is brilliant. Christophe rode a great race. We spoke beforehand about what to do from the outside draw and he rode him to perfection. As soon as he was out the stalls and in a good position, I thought he would go well.”

The Thunder Snow show came little more than half an hour after Hawkbill had put in a stunning front-running performance to capture the Sheema Classic. Cloth Of Stars looked to be Godolphin’s leading hope but it was William Buick that got the fractions right aboard Charlie Appleby’s five-year-old, with the rest of he field finding it impossible to peg him back. Three lengths separated him from runner-up Poet’s Word, who battled on bravely to finish a neck ahead of Cloth Of Stars.

Buick had won the race 12 months earlier aboard Jack Hobbs and said of this impressive winner: “Physically he did well over the winter and we’ve always thought a lot of him. His run on Super Saturday got his head straight and his body right. He relaxed well in front and was in a lovely rhythm. It was going to take a good one to get past him.”

Appleby had earlier won the Al Quoz Sprint with Jungle Cat, following the late withdrawal of stable companion and Godolphin number one Blue Point. The boys in blue then captured the Dubai Turf when Benbatl proved far too good for a competitive looking field. The winner could now be aimed at Royal Ascot. Saeed bin Suroor clearly believes the horse is going places, saying: “We have thought a great deal about this horse over the last three years and he won for us at Royal Ascot last year (Hampton Court Stakes). He broke well tonight and had a nice position all the way. I wasn't surprised he won like that, because he had been working very well. The plan will now be to go back to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales's Stakes.”

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Whilst Godolphin stole the show, Aidan O’Brien also had an impressive winner on the card, when three-year-old Mendelssohn destroyed the opposition, knocking more than a second off the nine-and-a-half-furlong track record to land the UAE Derby.

“Obviously we weren’t expecting that,” said O’Brien. “We were very happy with him after his win at Dundalk, we knew there was a lot of dirt in his pedigree and that he had a lot of speed, but we weren’t sure how far his speed would carry him. We’re over the moon. The lads paid a lot of money for him.”

Ryan Moore was also impressed: “He’s a very fast horse. It was his first time in front and he was still green in places. He’s high quality; second in a Dewhurst, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He’s getting better with every start. He’s very exciting.”

A trip to America for the Kentucky Derby is now on the cards. He’s as low as 5/1 for the Churchill Downs renewal on May 5; the same day as the 2000 Guineas from Newmarket.

Stat of the Day, 15th August 2017

Monday's Result :

7.10 Windsor - Chiefofchiefs @ 10/3 BOG - 4th at 4/1 : Raced wide in touch, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on one pace

Tuesday's pick goes in the...

8.10 Chelmsford

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Who?

Golden Goal @ 5/2 BOG

Why?

The in-form (4 winners and 4 placers from 11 runners in the last 10 days) Saeed bin Suroor send this 3 yr old colt out to defend his 100% record here, having won both his previous starts, both over this course and distance and both under today's jockey Martin Lane, who has ridden 30 winners from 179 (16.8% SR) for profits of 78.25pts (+43.7% ROI) here at Chelmsford to date.

Of those 178 rides, he is...

  • 26/140 (18.6%) for 90.6pts (+64.7%) in handicaps
  • and 5/27 (18.5%) for 13.5pts (+50%) over 7 furlongs

Martin has also ridden 2 winners from 3 (66.6%) here for 1.94pts (+64.5%) profit for Saeed bin Suroor, whose own record on this track is pretty decent too with 19 winners from 38 (50% SR) for 24.4pts (+64.3% ROI) since the start of 2016.

Of these 38 SbS Chelmsford runners...

  • males are 12/25 (48%) for 10.61pts (+42.4%)
  • 3 yr olds are 11/19 (57.9%) for 14.79pts (+77.8%)
  • handicappers are 6/13 (46.2%) for 11.34pts (+87.3%)
  • over 7f : 5/9 (55.6%) for 3.93pts (+43.7%)
  • LTO winners are 3/8 (37.5%) for 1.89pts (+23.6%)
  • and in 3yo only races : 4/6 (66.6%) for 8.74pts (+145.6%)...

...giving us... a 1pt win bet on Golden Goal @ 5/2 BOG which was available with 7 different firms at 7.30pm on Monday, but those able to take the 10/3 from Stan James (no BOG 'til raceday) should do so, although I suspect not many can! To see what your preferred bookie is offering, simply...

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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!

Ascot Showpiece Taking Shape

Frankie Dettori appeared thrilled with Enable as the pair prepare for Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

After taking her for a spin on Tuesday morning, the Italian jock announced that both he and the Oaks heroine are ready for the challenge: “She is just full of herself right now and raring to go. It's been a tough rehabilitation but I'm delighted to report I'm feeling good and getting stronger every day. I'm glad to say the physio is all done but I'm still training myself in the gym and I can't wait for this weekend.”

Sounding pretty revved-up at the prospect of getting back aboard the flying filly, Dettori added: “I got allotted 8st 7lb in the King George which is my bare minimum, so I need to keep my weight down. She was the reason I came back from injury so early. She really is special. I pushed myself so I could ride her in Ireland and it was worth it. The King George is a tough race but I'm really excited. She's getting a big weight allowance (a stone from Highland Reel) so she's entitled to be at the head of the market.”

The opposition looks strong, but the ground is also set to play its part, with the forecast remaining changeable. The jockey continued: “Highland Reel is obviously the biggest danger to our chances. He ran very well at Ascot before, and we know he stays. He's just got a great CV. Her pedigree suggests the ground shouldn't be any issue. I'd never tried her on soft ground until this morning. It was only a small ‘breeze’ but she seemed to handle it. We shall find out on Saturday.”

With the ground likely to run on the soft side of good, the bookies expect Highland Reel to drift further in the market, with Enable possibly shortening to odds-on. O’Brien’s globetrotting star has appeared at his best on quicker ground, though the trainer has confirmed that the five-year-old will take his chance. He looks to emulate Swain (97 and 98) in winning the race in consecutive years.

“All is well with Highland Reel and Idaho," said the Master of Ballydoyle. "The better the ground, the more it will suit both of them. But whereas they wouldn't want really testing ground, we think they'll be quite adaptable if it is a bit on the easy side. The King George is always a very good race and that will again be the case on Saturday.”

O’Brien then spoke of Gosden’s filly, saying: “Enable has been very impressive winning the Oaks and the Irish Oaks. We've had fillies take her on three times this year, at Chester, Epsom and the Curragh, and we've been very impressed by her each time. She's obviously a very high-class filly.”

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Team Godolphin have had a successful campaign to date, and John Gosden looks sure to let Jack Hobbs take his chance, on ground that ought to be more to his liking. Speaking to At The Races, the trainer said: “We always wanted to run him in the Prince of Wales's, but the fact it turned out to be the hottest June day for 40 years and the ground lightning fast was entirely the wrong thing for him. Obviously he's got no problem with a mile and a quarter. He's run brilliantly twice in autumn ground there, but a mile and a half with cut in the ground is right up his street.”

Along with Charlie Appleby’s Hawkbill and Frontiersman, the ‘Boys in Blue’ are set to run three-year-old Royal Ascot winner Benbatl. He’s trained by Saeed bin Suroor, who has won this prestigious event on five occasions. He believes soft ground will help his horse, saying: “Benbatl worked on the Limekilns on Monday and he worked really well. It's so far, so good and he's ready to go – we're just waiting for the green light from the boss. It's a top-quality race, obviously, but he deserves his chance after winning at Royal Ascot. The more rain the better.”

One that now seems likely to bypass Ascot, is Mark Johnston’s surprise package Permian. He’s proved a sensation during a hectic summer, and assistant Charlie Johnston told Sportinglife.com: “I’d make it odds-against that he runs in the King George. We’ve got four options for him on the table at the moment, the two in the UK being the King George and the Juddmonte International and the Secretariat in America and a Group One in Germany in mid-August.

With the priority being to capture a Group One, Johnston added: “If the photo in France last time had gone our way (runner-up in Grand Prix De Paris) and we had that Group One in the bag then we might’ve started rolling the dice at races like the King George or the Juddmonte. But, it didn’t, so the priority in the short term has to be to try and get that Group One under his name and I expect the best chance of doing that would be going abroad.”

As the race starts to take shape, there’s no doubting the calibre of the entrants. This has the look of a stellar renewal. The weather is set to play a part in adding to the intrigue. Nevertheless, in Highland Reel and Enable, we have a talented duo capable of rising to the challenge. This should be a cracker.

Stat of the Day, 31st December 2016

Friday's Result :

2.50 Newcastle : Thello @ 5/1 BOG 5th @ 5/2 Held up, mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong.

Saturday's pick goes in the...

2.40 Lingfield

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Who?

Natural Scenery @ 5/2 non-BOG or 9/4 BOG

Why?

This 3 yr old filly has made just six starts to date, but already has 2 wins and 2 placed finishes, is 1 from 2 on the A/W and 1 from 1 at today's trip.

She's trained by Saeed bin Suroor, whose record in A/W handicaps over the last 8 years stands at 91 winners from 296 (30.7% SR) for level stake profits of 88.4pts at an ROI of 29.9%. Of particular relevance from those 296 runners are...

  • females winning 28 of 92 (30.4%) for 60.1pts (+65.3%)
  • Class 3 runners winning 32 of 87 (36.8%) for 50.3pts (+57.8%)
  • here at Lingfield : 16/44 (36.4%) for 6.9pts (+15.6%)
  • and ridden by Ali Rawlinson : 6/9 (66.6%) for 7.5pts (+83.3%)

As a 3 yr old in a 3yo+ handicap, the jockey's 3lb claim is also supplemented by a 5lb weight for age allowance, basically putting Natural Scenery well in by 8lbs here. This weight allowance increases with the race distance and Saeed bin Suroor is one of the better trainers at getting the most from this scheme.

Since the start of 2010, his 3yr olds in 3yo+ handicaps over trips of 1m2f and beyond are 36/145 (24.8% SR) for 11.4pts (+7.9% ROI), with the following at play today...

  • those priced at 6/4 to 4/1 are 27/75 (36%) for 30pts (+40%)
  • over the last 3 yrs : 23/74 (31.1%) for 28.1pts (+37.9%)
  • females are 14/48 (29.2%) for 13.6pts (+28.3%)
  • on the A/W  : 13/46 (28.3%) for 6.9pts (+15%)
  • and here at Lingfield : 3/10 (30%) for 0.79pts (+7.9%)

And finally a quick nod towards her father, Dubawi, whose offspring are 90/381 (23.6% SR) for 177.2pts (+46.5% ROI) over today's 1m4f trip, with 3 yr olds winning 52 of 206 (25.2%) for 137.7pts (+66.9%).

...pointing to...a 1pt win bet on Natural Scenery at 5/2 non-BOG which was available from Betfred and Totesport at 6.20pm on Friday, but as they don't go BOG until morning, I'll be settling the result at 9/4 BOG, which was widely available, especially from my preferred Bet365.

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Stat of the Day, 7th December 2016

Tuesday's Result :

2.50 Southwell : Royal Holiday @ 11/4 BOG 4th at 4/1 Prominent, led entering final 3f, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace and lost 2 places inside final furlong.

Wednesday's pick goes in the...

7.15 Kempton :

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Who?

Timekeeping @ 5/2 BOG

Why?

Towards the bottom end of my preferred odds range for SotD, but this 3yr old colt ticks so many statistical boxes here that I found it difficult to overlook him.

Firstly, he comes from a thriving Saeed bin Suroor yard that has had 10 winners from 30 (33.3% SR) in the past month and is 3/8 (37.5%) over the last fortnight, so I'm already interested in Saeed's only runner of the day.

Then we add in his record at Kempton, where since 2009, his runners are 110/367 (30% SR) for 105.2pts (+28.7% ROI) profit, including of relevance today...

  • 41/143 (28.7%) for 61.9pts (+43.3%) in handicaps
  • 41/137 (29.9%) for 26.3pts (+19.2%) at Class 4
  • 21/79 (26.6%) for 18.8pts (+23.8%) in Class 4 handicaps
  • and 3/5 (60%) for 8.5pts (+170%) over 2 miles.

And if that's not enough to send you to place a bet, today is Timekeeping's 2nd effort in a handicap and since 2012 the Suroor "second timers" are 45/171 (26.3% SR) for 85.6pts (+50.1% ROI), including...

  • 15 wins from 61 (24.6%) from those stepping up in trip for profits of 23.8pts (+39% ROI)
  • 13 from 51 (25.5%) at Class 4 for 13.1pts (+25.7%)
  • 7 from 23 (30.4%) for 42.5pts (+184.8%) here at Kempton
  • and 1 from 2 for 3.75pts (+187.5%) over this 2m trip.

And for those of you wanting/needing more, there's plenty, but I'll leave it after this next one!

As a 3 yr old in a 3yo+ handicap, Timekeeping will get an 8lb weight for age allowance and Saeed bin Suroor is a master at exploiting this weight loophole. On the A/W over trips of 1m2f and beyond (the allowance increases with trip!) since the start of 2014, his 3 yr olds are 10/28 (35.7%) for 17.2pts (+61.4%), including...

  • 5/12 (41.7%) for 13pts (+108.5%) here at Kempton
  • 4/9 (44.4%) for 13.5pts (+150%) at Class 4
  • and 2/4 (50%) for 1.2pts (+30%) over 2m/2m0.5f

...giving us...a 1pt win bet on Timekeeping at 5/2 BOG which was offered by a dozen firms including my preferred Bet365 at 6.00pm on Tuesday. To see your preferred bookies' odds, simply...

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Stat of the Day, 14th January 2016

Stat of the Day, 14th January 2016

Wednesday's Result :

2.40 Taunton : Top Wood @ 3/1 BOG 4th at 11/4 (Led to 4 out, weakening when hampered and left 3rd 3 out)

Thursday's runner goes in the...

6.40 Chelmsford :

Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Generally, I'll identify and share the selection in the evening before the following day's race and I then add a detailed write-up later on that night/next morning.

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Who?

New Strategy @ 11/4 BOG

Why?

It has been a quiet start to 2016 for the Saeed bin Suroor yard with as many runners at last Thursday's Meydan fixture (4) as he's had in the UK this year. Then again, it's all about quality not quantity and he's already had two winners and a runner-up from his three Chelmsford representatives since New Year.

As a high-profile trainer, there's nowhere to hide, but thankfully his results do all the talking. Backing every one of his A/W handicappers over the last 7 years (and 2 weeks!) has been a profitable exercise as 83 winners from 264 (31.4% SR) have generated level stakes profits of 96.2pts at a healthy return of 36.4%.

From those 264 runners, his horses are 80/253 (31.6% SR) for 96.8pts (+38.3% ROI) over trips of 6f to 1m4f and they're also 72/222 (32.4% SR) for 95.1pts (+42.8% ROI) at Classes 2 to 4.

The bin Suroor Class 2 to 4 A/W handicappers over trips of 6f to 1m4f are 69/212 (32.6% SR) for 94.7pts (+44.7% ROI) since the start of 2009.

More specifically, he does well at this venue too. At the previous incarnation of Great Leighs, he had 5 winners from just 17 runners (29.4% SR) for 9.5pts (+55.8% ROI) profit and since the course reopened, he has done particularly well at the sharp end of the market.

At the "new" track, Saeed bin Suroor's runners priced 4/5 to 4/1 are 10/28 (35.7% SR) for 4.1pts (+14.6% ROI) and in respect of this contest...

  • males are 8/18 (44.4% SR) for 6.9pts (+38.4% ROI)
  • handicappers are 6/16 (37.5% SR) for 2.7pts (+16.8% ROI)
  • those racing at 7/8 furlongs are 6/14 (42.9% SR) for 4.4pts (+31.4% ROI)
  • class 4 horses are 4/7 (57.1% SR) for 7pts (+100% ROI)
  • 4 yr olds are 4/5 (80% SR) for 5.24pts (+104.8% ROI)
  • and Ali Rawlinson is 1 from 1.

That 1 from 1 comes from Ali's 4 from 5 (11131) record on the bin Suroor string to date and has already generated 6.7pts (+133.9% ROI) profit.

And my recommended bet, based on my data and prices available at 7.35pm is...

A 1pt win bet on New Strategy and that's at 11/4 BOG with Coral, whilst Betfred / Totesport offer the same odds, but are non-BOG until morning. To see your preferred bookie's prices, you can always...

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Stat of the Day, 21st October 2015

Stat of the Day, 21st October 2015

Tuesday's Result :

7.10 Wolverhampton : Musical Taste @ 11/2 BOG : won at 9/4 fav (Soon close 2nd, led 6f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well to win by a length and a quarter)

Tuesday's selection runs in the...

4.55 Newmarket :

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Who?

Nice Future at 9/2 non-BOG (Betway) or 4/1 BOG (generally)

Why?

Here at Newmarket over the last four seasons, Saeed bin Suroor has enjoyed an overall 26.6% strike rate from his handicappers priced in the evens to 9/12 price range, as his 17 winners from 64 runners have produced level stakes profits of 36.7pts (+57.3% ROI).

His horses also tend to run well here when James Doyle sits on them and in that same 4 season time frame and at the same evens to 9/1 odds, James has ridden 9 winners from 31 (29% SR) for 22.6pts (+72.8% ROI)

Today sees this 2 yr old colt Nice Future stepping up in trip to make a handicap debut and he follows a pretty well-worn path that has brought Saeed bin Suroor plenty of success. In fact, since the start of 208, his handicap debutants are 67/276 (24.3% SR) for 36.7pts (+13.3% ROI) which are decent enough figures, but can be seen in a better light when placed in context of today's race, as they are...

  • 67/264 *25.4% SR) for 48.7pts (+18.4% ROI) at Classes 2 to 5
  • 58/225 (25.6% SR) for 69.8pts (+31% ROI) at odds of 13/8 to 12/1
  • 54/196 (27.6% SR) for 57.1pts (+29.2% ROI) with male runners
  • 49/165 (29.7% SR) for 59.5pts (+36.1% ROI) with those running at the the same trip as last time out or stepping up in trip by up to 1.5f
  • 17/53 (32.1% SR) for 17.4pts (+32.8% ROI) with 2 yr olds
  • 11/35 (31.4% SR) for 35.1pts (+100.3% ROI) on the Newmarket turf.

And your micro? Males, aged 2 to 4, priced at 13/8 to 12/1 in class 2 to 5 handicaps at the same trip as LTO or stepped up by up to 2.5f are 43/123 (35% SR) for 97.3pts (+79.1% ROI). Of which 2yr olds are 11/29 (37.9% SR) for 15.2pts (+52.4% ROI) and there's a record of 8 wind from 20 (40% SR) for 42.3pts (+211.5% ROI) at Newmarket.

And my recommended bet?

1pt win on Nice Future at 9/2 non-BOG with Betway. 4/1 BOG is widely available, but I think the price will contract, but you can make your own call when you...

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Bentley continues to Bloom

Bentley drives Hawksmoor home

Bentley drives Hawksmoor home

A double at Windsor for Harry Bentley on Saturday evening followed victory in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes on board Hawksmoor. The talented young rider continues to impress and has notched up four winners in the last two days from just seven rides.

From West Sussex, his big break came at 16 when due to take his A levels he was approached by Horsham trainer Gary Moore and encouraged to gain his apprentice licence. He was offered rides by Moore and said of the time: “It was a big risk to drop out of education, but I took it and so far so good.”

Though still a relative youngster at 23 he is already recovering from the setback of losing his post as jockey for Qatar Racing a year ago. The decision came as something of a shock at the time, but Bentley handled the matter with a great deal of style and maturity. When interviewed he said: “I had been retained by Qatar for two years so to part company after that period is naturally going to take a little time to sink in. These things have a habit of working themselves out, and I have no doubt that this will be for the best in the long-run. I am grateful for the opportunities which Qatar has offered and I still might pick up the odd ride for them next season.”

There’s little doubt that his handling of such a situation has been to his advantage. He is doing his talking on the track, keeping his head down and impressing those around with his stylish riding performances. He spent another hugely successful winter travelling to Qatar riding for the country’s leading owner, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. He set a new record with 105 winners, 69 ahead of his nearest rival.

His agent, Mark Robinson, said: “He really matured over the winter in Qatar. He has grown in confidence and he would be the first to admit it. He anticipates and tends to challenge wide. He rarely gets into trouble.”

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That was certainly true of his win on Hawksmoor at Goodwood. Extricated from something of a pocket two furlongs out, he came with a power-packed finish to get up in the shadow of the post. “I was stuck behind the wrong horse but once she's got some room she's picked up really well”, said Bentley. “I thought she'd be a convincing second 50 yards out but she flew and I just thought she'd got there. The ground is massive for her and she's always shown a lot at home. The obvious thing will be to step her up to a mile now.”

Those following the young jockey during this summer will be considerably wealthier thanks to a stunning profit of over £100 to a £1 stake. And it was the second Group 3 success of the year for Bentley on a Palmer trained filly, following the victory for New Providence back in July at York.

He continues to get rides for Godolphin though would clearly love more. One success at Windsor came on board Beautiful Romance in the listed Sri Lanka August Stakes. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the filly won with any amount in hand, giving Bentley few problems on top. The double took his tally to 40 for the season at a strike rate of 21%.

Supported by a number of high profile trainer’s including Ralph Beckett, William Haggas and Roger Charlton, Bentley will hope for further eye-catching performances as the season draws to a close. He looks destined for greater things, and it would come as no surprise to see him snapped up by a formidable outfit before the next season begins.

Stat of the Day, 28th April 2015

Stat of the Day

Stat of the Day

Stat of the Day, 28th April 2015

They say that when you're hot, you're hot and when you're not, you're not. At the moment, I'm pretty chilly and although April has been excellent overall, it's in danger of fizzling out with a whimper after another loss yesterday.

Not that Convicted ran badly, he just didn't run well enough. He led until there was just 2 of the 11 furlongs left to run, but once headed the game was up and he eventually surrendered another couple of places late on to finish 4th at 10/3, a shade longer than advised.

I don't mind admitting that finding a suitable selection for Tuesday was tough, but I think I might just have something in the...

3.05 Wolverhampton:

Where Saeed bin Suroor steps Always Smile up by 2.5 furlongs for her second outing and handicap debut.

SBS has his horses running well at present with 5 winners from 22 in the last fortnight and his record here at Wolvehampton is decent. Since the start of 2009, he has saddled up 48 winners here from just 132 runners, an impressive 36.4% strike rate yielding level stakes profits of 21.4pts at an ROI of 16.2%.

Those figures aren't skewed by some old data, as in recent years, he's done even better with 31 winners from 81 (38.3% SR) since the start of 2012 for profits of 19.1pts (+23.6% ROI). He fares better in handicap contests with a record reading 16/44 (36.4% SR) for 18pts (+40.9% ROI) in those last three years with those priced shorter than 6/1 winning 15 of 33 (45.5% SR) for 21.1pts (+64% ROI).

Always Smile makes her handicap debut today and becomes the yard's 242nd handicap debutant since 2008. 58 of the 241 (24.1% SR) won 1st time up for profits of 41.6pts (+17.3% ROI) with runners here at Wolverhampton winning 4 of 13 (30.8% SR) for 7.6pts (+58.1% ROI).

Those handicap debutants who, like Always Smile, were stepping up in trip by up to 2.5f for that 1st effort have won 28 of 94 (29.8% SR) for 44.1pts (+46.9% ROI) profit.

Always Smile was a winner on debut, coasting home by 3.5 lengths over 6f and being by Cape Cross and a half-sister to Oaks runner (5th and only beaten by 4.5 lengths) Ihtimal, the step up in trip should suit her, as I expect she'll end up being a 10f/12f horse in due course.

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Stat of the Day, 24th October 2014

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Stat of the Day, 24th October 2014

We didn't get much of a run from Minella Bliss at Southwell on Thursday as he only made it as far as the third fence before coming a cropper.

There'll have been plenty of discarded betting slips as our 4/1 advised selection was sent off as the 9/4 joint favourite, validating my belief that he was over priced. As it was, he was going along nicely, but didn't seem to get high enough at fence three, it looked like his knees went through the top of it and down he and jockey Ben Poste came.

Thankfully they were both unscathed by the incident, but we're still shy a winner or two this week, something I aim to rectify in Friday's...

1.20 Doncaster:

Where Saeed bin Suroor gives a handicap/nursery debut to the 2yr old colt Best Example, who comes here stepping up in both trip and class from his win over 7 furlongs in a Class 4 maiden at Musselburgh 26 days ago and he's priced at 9/2 BOG to follow up today.

The yard has an excellent record with their juveniles...

Since 2009, Saeed bin Suroor has trained 224 winners from the 780 two year olds sent to the track with this 28.7% strike rate producing a modest but handy 89.2pts profit at an ROI of 11.4% from blind backing and in nurseries that record is 19/68 (27.9% SR) for 18.4pts (+27.1% ROI)

Saeed's two year olds who were sent off at 9/1 or shorter won 216 of 688 (31.4% SR) races producing 120.1pts profit (+17.5% ROI) , with the sub-5/1 runners performing best with 192 winners from 498 (38.6% SR) generating an excellent 103.8pts profit at an ROI of 20.9%.

And these sub 5/1 two yr olds have a superb record here at Doncaster winning 10 of 21 (47.6% SR) races for 13.30pts (+63.3% ROI).

Today is Best Example's handicap debut...

Saeed bin Suroor's handicap debutants on the Flat have a record of 39 wins from 184 races (21.2% SR) with the 13.2 pts profit coming in at an ROI of 7.2% and from this we derive the following...

Two year olds : 8/31 (25.8% SR) for 2.9pts (+9.4% ROI)
Class 3 : 9/42 (21.4% SR) for 18.7pts (+44.5% ROI)
In October : 4/20 (20% SR) for 8.9pts (+44.6% ROI)
Over 1 mile : 12/49 (24.5% SR) for 28.4pts (+57.9% ROI)
Up In Trip by up to 1.5f : 14/37 (37.8% SR) for 35.7pts (+96.6% ROI)
Up In Class : 21/99 (21.2% SR) for 12.8pts (+12.9% ROI)
And those stepping up to Class 3 : 7/31 (22.6% SR) for 21.1pts (+68.2% ROI)

In addition to the proliferation of facts and figures above, we should consider the blistering recent form of the yard, who have had 21 winners from 72 runners in the past month (29.2% SR) and although Best Example steps up in trip today, he was staying on well when winning by the best part of three lengths last time out, suggesting that he'll definitely want further in future.

It has to be added, though, that an opening handicap mark of 81 makes this far from a gimme and this has been recognised by the trainer who has elected to put a 5lb (Kevin Stott) on board to make our runner that little bit more competitive at the weights.

And the presence of the claimer doesn't put me off either, as Kevin's proving to be no mug and is in really good nick himself with 6 wins from 28 (21.4% SR) in the last four weeks and this will be his fifth ride for Saeed bin Suroor and he hasn't let the trainer in the past. A defeat by just a neck on board Romance Story at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago is the only blot on a sequence reading 1211 in his four starts for the yard.

I think that the opening mark of 81 is partially responsible for what looks a fairly generous price here and so I have no qualms about placing a 1pt win bet on Best Example at 9/2 BOG with Paddy Power, but to see the rest of the market...

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Stat of the Day, 7th October 2014

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Stat of the Day, 7th October 2014

At 10.55am on Monday, Placidia became our second successive non-runner and so we still await our first run of the week.

In a bid to avoid any ground concerns for my Tuesday selection, I'm returning to a tried and tested A/W formula that has served both myself and SotD well over the last few years, with a runner in the...

6.05 Kempton:

Where I've just placed a 4/1 BOG bet on a horse, Blue Army, whose career form line reads 755 and hasn't yet got within five lengths of a winner so far. You'd be forgiven for thinking I'd lost the plot a little, but today is his first trip to Kempton, where he now makes his handicap debut for Saeed bin Suroor...

...a trainer who excels with this type of horse 

Since 2009, 145 of Saeed bin Suroor's 834 handicap runners (17.4% SR) have been winners and this is a decent strike rate from such a large sample size. The level stakes profits of 43.9pts (+5.3% ROI) are admittedly modest, but its's still a profit from blind backing and we can easily tweak things to our advantage here!

His A/W handicappers are more successful and also more profitable to follow with a record of 53 wins from 1983 runs (29% SR) for 75.3pts (+41.2% ROI), figures that most of us would be more than happy with for a stats-based selection, but I've only just started!

The record at Kempton reads 31 winners from 110 (28.2% SR) for 64.1pts (+58.2% ROI) with 20 of those winners coming from the 72 3 yr old runners. This 27.8% strike rate has produced 51.4pts profit at an ROI of 71.4% to date.

Coincidentally there were also 20 winners in the 5/2 to 8/1 bracket, that's 20 winners from 65 (30.8% SR) for 53 pts (+81.5% ROI). And from all this we find that...

...Saeed bin Suroor's 3 yr old horses have a record of 13/43 (30.2% SR) for 33.8pts (+78.6% ROI) when sent off in the 5/2 to 8/1 price range in Kempton A/W handicap contests.

Blue Army makes his handicap debut today...

Over the six seasons, Saeed bin Suroor has a record of 16 winners from 50 (325 SR) for 18.5pts (+37% ROI) profit with horses making their handicap debut on an A/W surface. From those 50 runners, there is an 11/33 (33.3% SR) record here at Kempton producing 12.3pts level stakes profits at an ROI of 37.4% to date.

Of the 11/22 record here at Kempton, the 3 yr olds have won 7 of 22 (31.8% SR) races for 10.7pts (+48.7% ROI) and the 3 yr olds running at odds of between 5/2 and 8/1 have won 5 of 11 (45.5% SR) handicap debuts here at Kempton, yielding 15.4pts (+14.3% ROI) profit.

He's also stepping up in trip by a furlong from his last run...

The yard often steps horses up a furlong for their handicap debut and enjoys a good degree of success from the tactic. Since 2009 the record stands at 16 winners from 39 (41% SR) for 40.7pts profit (+104.4% ROI) since 2009, with four winners from ten here at Kempton.

And finally, Blue Army has his first run on the A/W after three efforts on turf...

Saeed bin Suroor has a good record with horses starting out on turf and then switching quite early to the A/W during the Flat season proper. The fact that there is still plenty of Flat racing on offer shows this is a premeditated move that works well for him.

He has used this tactic with 140 horses since 2009 and 61 of them (43.6% SR) have won on their first crack at an artificialtrack, resulting in 93pts profit at an ROI of 66.4%.

From these 140 runners...
Those with just 1 to 4 previous outings won 57 of 127 races (44.9% SR) for 90pts (+70.9% ROI) profit.
At Kempton, the record is 31/73 (42.5% SR) for 62.2pts (+85.32% ROI)
The 7/4 to 9/1 odds range provided 48 winners from 106 (45.3% SR) for 105.6pts (+99.6% ROI)

Here at Kempton, those in that 7/4 to 9/1 range won 24 of 50 races (48% SR) for 71.7pts, with those with three or fewer runs under their belt having a record of 19 wins from 39 (48.7% SR) for 65.3pts profit at an ROI of 167.5%.

So, we've a whole stack of data to support the selection, but there's little to say about Blue Army himself other than he clearly comes from a top yard and his pedigree suggests he'll take well to the surface. His opening mark is understandably low at 66 and there could be room to exploit that and I consider the booking of Richard Hughes a positive move here, with no disrespect intended to the others that have ridden this horse in the past.

Finally, I should mention that not only does this yard go well here at Kempton, they are currently in excellent overall form with 5 winners from 12 in the last week and 23 winners from 70 over the past month, a month which has seen them notch up 9 winners from 23 on the All-Weather, including 5 of their last 10 runners here at Kempton.

The horse's previous form might mean this is a bit of a leap of faith, but the stats still point to a good run for our money from a 1pt win bet on Blue Army at 4/1 BOG. I'm on with BetVictor, but you can get the same price at Bet365, whilst you can see the full picture, when you...

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Stat of the Day, 20th September 2014

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Stat of the Day, 20th September 2014

A great run from Hawkhill yesterday put us back in profit for the week and ensured another profitable month for SotD in what are difficult times.

He led from the off and controlled the race from the front, never seeing another rival on his way to a comfortable 7 lengths victory, easing down on the run in.

He was returned at 11/4, but we got paid put at 164% of SP, thanks to an early 9/2 BOG price. We now move on to Saturday, where I'm quietly confident about the...

8.20 Wolverhampton:

Where there are a number of reasons why I've just backed Saeed bin Suroor's Night Party at 11/2 BOG with BetVictor for this 9.5f, Class 3 handicap on the all-weather.

Initially, I'm drawn to the trainer's record here...

Since 2009, Saeed bin Suroor's horses have won 38 times here at Wolverhampton from just 104 runners. This 36.5% strike rate has so far yielded moderate profits of 16.4pts at an ROI of 15.8%. We do prefer a higher return for SotD, but 16% is a good figure for blind backing and is an excellent starting point for some of my "digging".

From the 38/104 basic stat...

11/34 (32.4% SR) in handicap contests for 16.5pts (+48.5% ROI) profits.
Those in the 6/4 to 6/1 odds range are 21/53 (39.6% SR) for 22.2pts (+41.8% ROI).
And those in handicaps in that price range are 7/16 (43.8% SR) for 10.9pts (+68% ROI)

After three runs on turf, it's a first A/W start for Night Party...

Since 2009, the yard has switched 136 runners from the turf to the A/W for a horse's first crack at an artificial surface. 61 of these 136 have won at the first attempt and this 44.9% strike rate has generated 97pts profit at an ROI of 71.3%. Here at Wolverhampton,those numbers read 18 winners from 33 (54.6% SR) for 14.1pts (+42.7% ROI). An increased strike rate but a lower ROI suggests the runners attract market support here at Wolverhampton.

Also from the 61/136 stats for "switchers", a trip of 8 to 10 furlongs seems the optimum distance with a record of 30 wins from 59 (50.9% SR) for 61.8pts (+104.8% ROI) profit, whilst the best results also come from horses in the 5/4 to 9/1 price range with a 48/103 (46.6% SR) for 108.6pts (+105.4% ROI) profit. Class 3 runners are 10/19 (52.6% SR) for 22pts (+116% ROI).

You can, of course, mix and match those stats to match today's conditions, but the sample sizes become quite small.

Night Party makes her handicap debut today..

This too can be seen as a positive sign, as the yard's handicap debutants are 55/231 since 2008 with the 23.8% strike rate yielding 34.8pts at an ROI of 15.1%. And if we weed out the shorties and the longshots, we see a record of 49/176 (27.8% SR) for those running at odds of 6/4 up to 12/1 with the resultant 77.4pts profit equating to 44% of all stakes invested.

She's also stepping up in trip (by a furlong)...

The yard's handicap debutants who are stepping up in trip from their last run also have a very good record of 28 wins from 89 runs, a 31.5% strike rate producing 49.3pts profit at an ROI of 55.4% and from this we can see...

Those stepping up 1 furlong are 16/34 (47.1% SR) for 45.7pts (+134.4% ROI)
Those running at Class 3 level are 6/20 (30% SR) for 24.3pts (+121.5% ROI) and...
those sent off at odds of 6/4 to 6/1 inclusive have won 20 of 46 races  (43.5% SR) for level stakes profits of 38.4pts (+83.5% ROI).

The optimum type of of handicap debutant from this yard runs at Class 3 or 4, steps up by 0.5 to 2.5 furlongs and runs between 6/4 and 6/1, a bit like Night Party does today! 😀 Such horses have won 14 of 30 races (46.7% SR) for 28.5pts profit (+95.1% ROI).

It's a small sample size, of course, but let's just indulge ourselves a little by making a point that those at Class 3 stepping up one furlong are 2/3 at those odds for 9.2pts profit.

For her part, Night Party has had a promising, but short three race career in turf maidens. She was second and then fourth ( but getting closer to the winner!) in two 7f maidens at Newmarket last August as a 2 yr old, before taking an 8 month break. She then reappeared at Beverley five months ago, upped in trip to 8.5 furlongs where she ran on well to win by a couple of lengths.

She shaped as though a further step up in trip would be the plan and although she hasn't been done any favours by the assessor with her opening mark, the yard is in great form with a 13/33 record in the last two weeks and jockey Matthew Lawson will take a very valuable three pounds off the mark of 90. Matthew doesn't get a lot of rides, but did ride a winner on one of his two rides last time out (Bath last Saturday) and he's 2/7 on the bin Suroor horses.

Plenty of angles to consider, but if Night Party is as well prepared as I expect her to be, she could make her current odds look quite high come race time, which is why I'm placing a 1pt win bet on Night Party at 11/2 BOG with BetVictor. You can follow suit or you can...

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Stat of the Day, 10th June 2014

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Stat of the Day, 10th June 2014

We were "done" late on by a neck at Windsor on Monday evening as Tom Queally was unable to keep Red Warrior running on anything like a straight line to the finish. Whether it made any difference is arguable at best, but the bottom line is that having led inside the final furlong, our 5/1 shot (6/1 BOG) was collared.

Fair play to those of you who took the E/W option and made a small profit, but for me it's a point dropped. Mind you, being a Bolton fan, I'm used to dropping points when a victory looked almost certain!

Hopefully, history won't repeat itself with Tuesday's selection, which runs in the...

3.55 Salisbury:

Where Silvestre de Sousa will aim to maintain his recent good form aboard Saeed bin Suroor's handicap debutante Hidden Gold, who was a course and distance winner here at Salisbury on her racecourse debut 26 days ago and is currently best priced at 3/1 BOG to complete the double.

The trainer's horses are in fine form of late with a 24.6% strike rate (15 winners from 61) and an ROI of 23.3% (via 14.4pts profit) in the last two months and Saeed bin Suroor's horses are worth following here at Salisbury, even if there aren't many to follow! He has an overall record of 26 wins from 103 (25.2% SR) at the track which has produced modest profits of 14.33pts, or 13.9% of stakes. Better than a poke in the eye, I say.

And if you thought he didn't send many runners to this course, then his entrants in handicap events are almost as rare as hen's teeth. Just 24 runners in Salisbury handicaps, but a healthy 1-in-3 strike rate has been achieved, resulting in level stakes profits of 26.1pts (+108.8% ROI) from which there is a 7/15 (46.7% SR) record with handicap runners priced below 6/1: this has produced level stakes profits of 10.2pts, or 68% of stakes invested.

I mentioned that jockey Silvestre de Sousa was in good form earlier, and closer inspection shows him riding six winners from 22 in the last seven days and he'll come here fresher for having an unexpected day off on Monday, after his plans to ride at Pontefract were washed away.

He also has a decent enough record here at Salisbury, winning 5 of 21 races over the last 18 months: a 23.8% strike rate generating 30.4pts profit for an ROI of 144.7% with a 4/11 (36.4% SR) record with horses priced at 6/1 or shorter for 15.44pts (+ 140.4% ROI), and the record in handicaps is 3/11 (27.3% SR) for 23.35pts (+212.3% SR)

Saeed bin Suroor is also one of the best at getting his horses to win a handicap race at the first time of asking, particularly in these mid-grade contests, such as today. Over the last six seasons in handicap races at Classes 2 to 5 inclusive, his debutants have won 36 of the 114 races in which they were sent off at an SP of 12/1 or less. This represents a 31.6% strike rate and has been instrumental in registering level stakes profits of 72.8pts (+63.9% ROI).

If we apply a 6/1 odds cap to these runners, we lose 26% of the original subset of horses, but we only relinquish 11.1% of the winners, leaving us with a record of 32 winners from 84 runners (38.1% SR) and level stakes profits of 53.5pts (+63.7% ROI).

Hidden Gold comes here defending a 1 from 1 record gained with a C&D win at this very track 26 days ago and former Salisbury C&D winners returning to the course on the back of a win (achieved anywhere!) last time out have won 6 of 18 races on their return when sent off at odds of 10/1 or shorter. It is admittedly a small sample size, but a 33.33% strike rate is excellent, as are the 14.12pts (+78.4% ROI) profits achieved and if nothing else, it will serve to reinforce the earlier stats.

Hidden Gold comes from an impressive bloodline, being related to the likes of See The Stars and Galileo, so you'd be excused for expecting her to have some ability and she won well here on debut. She did run green when in front, but when for a little bit more to put the race to bed, she duly responded and seemed to have plenty in hand, had it been required.

I'd expect her to improve for having had the experience of that run and it can't do her any harm at all to be turned back out into virtually identical conditions to that debut outing. She seems to be on a very workable mark for her first tilt at a handicap and I'm confident that she'll do the business for us, Messrs de Sousa & bin Suroor and the whole Godolphin outfit.

So, with all this in mind, I'm more than happy to place a 1pt win bet on Hidden Gold at 3/1 BOG with Coral. A handful of bookies are currently offering the same price, as you'll see if you just...

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Stat of the Day, 10th May 2014

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Stat of the Day, 10th May 2014

Once again, Mia San Triple was placed without winning taking her career form line to 3232. She stayed on well at the end to close within a length and a half of the winner who had got first run on her. It might have been a different story had she been a little closer to the action on the home turn, but it wasn't to be.

It might be a little bit repetitive, but a 2nd place finish at 3/1 BOG on a horse sent off at 9/4 will make decent profits in the long run, Friday just wasn't our day. The last few weeks have still been great and the figures for the 30 months since the start of SotD are excellent and I aim to add to them in the...

2.25 Haydock:

Which is a Class 3 handicap over a mile, where Kieran Fallon will ride the handicap debutant Active Spirit for Saeed Bin Suroor. He steps this one up from her 6 furlongs maiden victory at Pontefract almost four weeks ago when he was an impressive winner by five lengths on his racecourse bow.

Active Spirit is priced up at 3/1 BOG in most places and I'm backing him, because...

1. Last season was a good one for Saeed Bin Suroor here at Haydock with seven of his nineteen runners priced at 8/1 or shorter going on to win. This 36.8% strike rate produced a tidy profit of 11.2pt, the equivalent of 59% of all stakes invested.

2. Haydock has also been a happy hunting ground for Kieran Fallon in the past, with an overall strike rate of just under 17.9% (15 winners from 84) and an ROI of 27.35% courtesy of the 23pts profit his winners have produced.

3. Saeed Bin Suroor is one of the best around when it comes to preparing a horse for his/her handicap debut and over the lat five years 53 of his 201 first-time handicappers have won for a strike rate of 26.4% and level stakes profits of 55.12pts (+27.42% ROI). These includes all the runners at all odds, so we need to drill down to ensure the stats aren't skewed by one (or two!) big winner(s). So, we apply some simple odds filters as follows...

Evens to 12/1 : 51/164 (31.1% SR) for 88.7pts (+54.1% ROI) profit.
Evens to 6/1 : 42/123 (36.6% SR) for 65.2pts (+53.0% ROI) profit.
Evens to 4/1 : 34/96 (38.3% SR) for 31.8pts (+33.1% ROI) profit.

So we can see that this angle is profitable at all odds.

4. This trainer is also quite happy to step up his horses up in trip for their handicap debuts and he has done this to good effect over the last five years when stepping up 76 horse by up to an extra 2.5 furlongs for their handicap debuts. 28 of the 76 were victorious for a strike rate of 36.84% and the profits realised of 59.44pts represent a 78.2% return above stakes.

Once again we should look further into the bare stats to ensure profitability at lower odds, hence...

Evens to 12/1 : 28/68 (41.2% SR) for 67.4pts (+99.2% ROI) profit.
Evens to 6/1 : 25/52 (48.1% SR) for 46.1pts (+88.7% ROI) profit.
Evens to 4/1 : 21/41 (51.2% SR) for 29.8pts (+72.7% ROI) profit.

Yet again, we can see that this angle is profitable at all odds.

5.  Over the last four years, runners in handicap races at Class 3 or worse here at Haydock, whose last outing was a win in a maiden have won 23 of 134 outings, a 17.2% strike rate yielding 28.1pts profit, an ROI of 21%.

As this is just Active Spirit's second outing, there's not a great deal we can tell you about him, but he was highly impressive when winning first time out. It was an effortless victory by a good five lengths and it really could have been as far as he and his jockey wanted. He looked to have plenty in the tank and shouldn't be too bothered about the extra quarter-mile.

He's by Pivotal, whose milers are profitable to back and his offspring don't usually mind some give in the ground. So, with all this in mind, I've placing a 1pt win bet on Active Spirit at 3/1 BOG. I'm using SkyBet for this one, but the price is widely available, so why not...

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Stat of the Day, 25th April 2014

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Stat of the Day, 25th April 2014

It was a good day for us yesterday, as we recorded yet another win in this extraordinary purple patch for SotD.

Dinneratmidnight quickened nicely inside the final furlong to beat the 33/1 shot Byron's Gold by a length and a slight drift out to an SP of 9/2 put an extra half point in the coffers, after I'd suggested a play at 4/1 BOG.

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4.55 Sandown:

Where I've just taken 9/2 BOG on the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Elite Army, who will today be ridden by Silvestre de Sousa. Today is just the second time the horse has appeared and he was a winner over a mile at Kempton on debut back in November. He steps up a couple of furlongs today for his handicap debut.

1. Saeed Bin Suroor has a good record with horses making their handicap debut. In the last six seasons, 164 of his horses have made their handicap debuts at odds of 12/1 or shorter with 51 (31.1% SR) of them going on to win at the first time of asking, generating level stakes profits of 88.7pts, an ROI of 54.1%. The record at 6/1 or under is an excellent 45/123 (36.6% SR) for 65.2pts (+53% ROI)

2. His handicap debutants also perform well when asked to step up in trip from their last run. In the last six seasons and once again at odds of 12/1 or shorter: horses stepping in trip by 0.5 furlongs to 2.5 furlongs (2f today) have won 27 of 70 races with that 38.6% strike rate netting backers 64.9pts (+92.8% ROI) profits. And the results with a 6/1 odds cap are as follows: 24 winners from 54 (44.44% SR) for 43.6pts profit (+80.8% ROI).

3. Silvestre de Sousa is in the saddle today and he has performed well on board this trainer's horses in the past. To date, he has ridden 66 winners from the 233 horses priced between evens and 6/1 with the 28.3% strike rate producing reasonable level stakes profits of 36.1pts, a return of almost 15.5% above stakes. It's not earth shattering, but it's far better than the bank pays. This year alone, he is 4/7 on the Suroor string, bringing in 9.6pts to the bottom line to a yard in good form (5 wins and 3 placed from 11 runners this year so far.)

As this is only Elite Army's second outing, there's not much to tell, other than he shaped like he wanted further when staying on to win on debut and his breeding suggests this should also be the case. He's a son of Derby winner Authorized out of a dam who stayed 1m2f & 1m3f from her racing days in Germany, so you'd imagine that today's trip will end up being his bare minimum from now on, assuming all goes well today, of course!

There's enough for me to go on here and I'm more than happy to place a 1pt win bet on Elite Army at 9/2 BOG and I'm reinvesting some of yesterday's winning back with Bet365, but to see what the other firms are offering, simply...

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