See which handlers have made Andy Newton’s hot trainers list this week.
SHEENA WEST (4 winners from their last 5 runners, 80% strike-rate): Can seemingly do little wrong at present with all-bar-one of their last 5 runners going in! Jockey Marc Goldstein has been on all five of their recent runners, and, for me, is a jockey that probably doesn’t get used as much as he should. Based in East Sussex the West yard certainly know how to train and although most of their runners are over the sticks they do also have plenty of flat runners – they are 6 from 45 so far on the flat in 2012. Their NH numbers are currently sitting on 7 from 30 runners (23%) and that’s already 50% of their total tally 12 months ago. The only downside is that they’ve only got one entry on the horizon running at Bath this Friday, but Alfraamsey, Hi Note and Feb Thirtyfirst were all decent winners of late and if turned out again in the coming weeks are worth looking out for.
Up-coming entries and track stats: Bath (1 from 6, 17%)
NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES (7 winners from their last 17 runners, 41% strike-rate): We flagged up the Twiston-Davies yard last week and with four more winners I hope plenty of you profited. It’s no secret that this stable always seem to do well at this time of the year and with the big Cheltenham meetings not too far away then it looks as if this early part of the season is going to be business as usual for the Twiston-Davies team. I think that son Sam is set for a huge season in the saddle and from what I’ve seen so far has got even better over the summer – he’s already fired in over 30 winners as he motors on towards bettering the 81 winners he notched up last season. In terms of the stable numbers they are now on 28 and at this rate look good to get near the 70, or even the 97 (their best-ever) in 2010-11. I think I mentioned him last week, but keep a look out for The New One – he was an impressive winner on his hurdling debut last week and looks certain to be aimed at better things.
Up-coming entries and track stats: Towcester (10 from 103, 10%), Ludlow (13 from 128, 10%), Exeter (8 from 62, 13%), Worcester (16 from 120, 13%), Carlisle (7 from 36, 19%), Newton Abbot (13 from 60, 22%), Chepstow (11 from 105, 10%), Ffos Las (18 from 105, 17%)
JAMES FANSHAWE (5 winners from his last 14 runners, 36% strike-rate): The man from Pegasus Stables certainly has his horses flying at the moment – excuse the pun! With five winners already this month then this puts the ‘skeleton man’ on 30 winners for the season from just 191 sent to post, but more importantly they’ve banked almost £600,000 in total prize money. Yes, Society Rock’s win in the Group One Sprint Cup was responsible for a large chunk, but let’s not forget they’ve still got the injured Deacon Blues to come back next season – let’s just hope is in the same sort of form that saw him mop-up all the leading sprints in 2011. It’s no surprise that they’ve had just 1 juvenile winner as it’s no secret they are a yard that likes to take their time with their horses, backed up with over half of their 30 winners coming with their 4+ year-olds.
Up-coming entries and track stats: Kempton (39 from 189, 21%), York (2 from 14, 14%), Wolverhampton (15 from 71, 21%)
GEORGE BAKER (4 winners from his last 12 runners, 33% strike-rate): Another winner on Tuesday to add to the others earlier in the month, but they’ve also had a few more placed, while the ones that weren’t were all double-figure prices to suggest their horses are in great order at the moment. Jockey Pat Cosgrave gets the bulk of their rides and was on 2 of those recent winners, with Richard Hughes and Jamie Spencer on the others. This puts them on 24 for the season, but despite their good current form this is still some way off the 49 (their best-ever) they managed in 2011. They have had 4 juvenile winners, but have had 55 runners in that age group, while the majority of their winners this term (14) has been with their 3 year-olds. They also have the odd jumper, with one winner over the sticks from just 4 sent to post so far this season, and do have one entered at Worcester this Thursday at this stage.
Up-coming entries and track stats: Kempton (10 from 112, 9%), Worcester (3 from 22, 14%), Bath (6 from 32, 19%), York (0 from 6), Goodwood (4 from 34, 12%)
REBECCA CURTIS (3 winners from her last 9 runners, 33% strike-rate): Yes, three recent winners, but 8 of their last 9 runners have hit the frame too suggesting all is well at the Curtis camp. AP McCoy has struck up a great partnership with the yard and has ridden all but two of their recent runners – with young Patrick Corbett, who claims a handy 8lbs, getting the leg-up on the other two. True, a lot of theirs, especially if the champ is riding, go off quite short in the betting, but with 19 winners from just 52 runners this term they are quite a selective outfit. 39 was their best tally yet last season, but I expect them to smash that in this their sixth full season in operation. Keep a special look out for any NH Flat runners as over the past 5 seasons they’ve fired in 29 winners from just 97 runners in that sphere.
Up-coming entries and track stats: Exeter (1 from 15, 7%), Worcester (10 from 33, 30%), Chepstow (5 from 33, 15%), York (no runners), (Ffos Las (26 from 114, 23%)
DR RICHARD NEWLAND (3 winners from their last 10 runners, 30% strike-rate): Can you believe that this yard, with 19 winners, are already just 2 away from last season’s total, and 4 from making this their best ever – we’re only in October! Yes, big things are expected from this stable in what will be their 9th season. In fact, 8 of their last 10 runners have finished fourth or better, and with their three recent winners going in by 11, 24 and 11 lengths then if they are turned out again soon you can expect them to go close to following-up. In terms of jockeys Tom O’Brien and Chris Ward are used the most, but they also booked AP last week with success to ride one of theirs at Sedgefield. Looking at their breakdown so far this season 15 of their 19 winners have been with their hurdlers, so you might want to take that into account too. Finally, make a note of anything they send to Ffos Las later this week as they have a 44% record at the Welsh track.
Up-coming entries and track stats: Worcester (4 from 37, 11%), Newton Abbot (4 from 20, 20%), Chepstow (1 from 11, 9%), Ffos Las (4 from 9, 44%)
BRENDAN POWELL (4 winners from his last 16 runners, 25% strike-rate): Scottish Boogie at 10/1 was a decent winner for the yard at Windsor on Monday, but that was their fourth of the month and with two of those priced 33/1 and 16/1 then their followers will be laughing all the way to the bank at the moment. Obviously they are a yard that operate over both codes, but all-bar-one of their recent winners has been on the level, and that puts them on 12 for the flat season now and need just one more to better last year’s tally. Over the sticks they sent out 31 winners last season and with 8 already then they’ve already made a decent start.
Up-coming entries and track stats: Ludlow (1 from 22, 5%), Towcester (7 from 74, 9%), Kempton (6 from 134, 4%), Worcester (8 from 72, 11%), Exeter (6 from 62, 10%), Bath (1 from 56, 2%), Newton Abbot (9 from 44, 20%), Chepstow (1 from 27, 4%), Goodwood (1 from 27, 4%), Ffos Las NH (1 from 31,3%)
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