The Shortlist, 24th January 2014


A good start but a tame finish for yesterday's lengthy The Shortlist. Closer to home, Slipper Satin ran a blinder to win, beating the odds on favourite by sixteen lengths, with a further fifteen back to the third. She clearly loves the mud, and her hurdling was markedly more fluent than on her debut. She's entered next week in a claimer but we'll have to have a think about whether we seriously want to go there with her.

Today's racecards are here.

2.00 Lin - Kuanyao - 9/4 PP
2.45 Don - Minella Definitely - 13/2 bet365
2.55 Hun - Cannon Fodder e/w - 11/1 BetVictor
4.00 Hun - Chase The Spud e/w - 8/1 Seanie Mac
7.45 Dun - Akasaka - 11/2 Boyle

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The Shortlist is a simple concept: I go through the Race Analysis Reports each day to find horses which I consider to be of interest. I then publish that list of horses here. Some will win, many will lose. It is hoped that the winners will cover the losers and leave a bit of gravy on the punting platter. Now, before I go on, I need to make (labour!) a really important point. And it is this: the Race Analysis Reports are deliberately interpretive.

That is, different people will highlight different horses depending on whether they're using the win or place statistics, and which columns they sort on (based on which elements they consider most important in a given race). So, these will be the horses on MY shortlist. Feel free to do with them what you will. You may have a different shortlist, and you are most certainly encouraged to go and play with the numbers to find what works best for you.

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