DANIEL LOUGHNANE (3 winners from his last 6 runners, 50% strike-rate): Not a trainer everyday punters will be that familiar with, but this Staffs-based yard are certainly making a name for themselves, especially on the AW tracks. The sent out 12 winners last year, but are already on 11 for the season from just 59 runners (19%) and are also showing a decent +£13 level stakes profit this term. Jockey Shane Kelly is their main man in the saddle – he’s been on all three of their recent winners, while with 56% of their runners this season finishing in the top four too then if their horses aren’t winning a lot are getting placed. Most of their winners come with their older horses, and of the four AW tracks they do by far the best at Southwell (22%). They also have the odd NH runner – keep a special look for any Stratford runners as they are currently 2 from 3 (67%) there.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Wolverhampton (15 from 157, 10%), Newcastle (no runners), Doncaster (1 from 2, 50%), Market Rasen (0 from 1)
HENRY CANDY (3 winners from his last 6 runners, 50% strike-rate): In fact, they’ve only had 6 runners so far in 2013, but with half of those winning then it’s clear the yard’s horses are fit and ready. They’ve never been prolific in terms of winners – normally getting between 20-30 winners each year, but last season they sent out 32 successes, which was their equal best total. Jockey Dane O’Neill gets the pick of their rides, but has only ridden one of their recent three winners – with Fergus Sweeney and Jimmy Fortune booting home the other two. Over the past 5 seasons they’ve done best with their 3 year-olds (16% strike-rate), while in terms of the turf tracks look for any runners they send to Bath (21%), Haydock (22%), Pontefract (33%) & Thirsk (100%). Looking at the AW tracks they’ve only had 7 winners combined over the last 5 seasons, so you might want to think twice about siding with their sand runners.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Wolverhampton (0 from 10), Leicester (6 from 45, 13%), Sandown (5 from 38, 13%)
TRACY WAGGOTT (3 winners from her last 10 runners, 33% strike-rate): With 18/1, 16/1 and 10/1 winners in the last week then Tracy Waggott supporters will be sitting on a nice profit at the moment. Based in Co Durham the yard have been going since 2005, and so far the 2010 season, with 18 winners, has been their best yet. They sent out 16 successes last term, and despite only having 3 winners in 2013 are on course to have another decent campaign. Because they are not one of the more fashionable yards then you can expect a lot of their runners to go under the radar – hence the big-priced winners they had of late. They use a lot of different jockeys, and despite not riding one of their recent three winners Royston Ffrench has been used the most so far this season. As the turf season moves on look for anything they send to Beverley (21%), but in contrast at Southwell AW they are just 1-from-31 (3%).
Track stats and up-coming entries: Catterick (5 from 54, 9%), Newcastle (8 from 94, 9%), Ripon (22 from 22, 9%)
DEAN IVORY (4 winners from their last 9 runners, 44% strike-rate): No luck with their runners on Monday, but with 4 winners from only 9 runners they are still sitting on a very nice strike-rate. Add in the most recent of those successes returned at 16/1 then currently all is rosy at the Ivory camp. Another yard that use a variety of jockeys, but Jim Crowley did ride two of those recent four winners. Their best-ever winners total is 33 (2007) and with 10 already this year are well on their way to getting close to that. Most of their runners will be found at a mile or shorter, and with their older horses – in the last 5 seasons they’ve only had 9 juvenile winners from 169 sent to post. Over the years they have by far their most runners at Windsor (108 runners in the last 5 years), but have actually only had 7 winners in that period at the track.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Wolverhampton (10 from 71, 14%), Yarmouth (2 from 37,5%), Lingfield AW (20 from 182, 11%), Ripon (no runners)
MARK JOHNSTON (4 winners from his last 10 runners, 40% strike-rate): Yes, they seem to have bundles of runners each day, so backing all their entries blind is not really an option - Since 1988 they’ve only ended the season twice with a positive level stakes profit. They sent out a staggering 215 winners last season, one shy of their best ever tally of 216 (2009), and with 38 already are pushing fast towards a similar total. They’ve also broken the £2million total prize mark in 4 of the last 5 seasons and with £345k already banked they are well on their way there too. This season their juveniles look well forward with 4 winners from just 11 sent to post (36%), but 26 of their 38 winners so far have been with their 3 year-old horses. Look for anything they send to Beverly (31%) and Chepstow (29%), while with a 26% strike-rate at Southwell AW then that’s by far the best they do at the sand tracks.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Wolverhampton (89 from 461, 19%), Yarmouth (10 from 94, 11%), Catterick (no runners), Epsom (15 from 143, 10%), Beverley (58 from 188, 31%), Newcastle (24 from 133, 18%), Lingfield AW (77 from 378, 20%), Sandown (12 from 138, 9%), Doncaster (21 from 208, 10%), Ripon (14 from 142, 10%), Leicester (22 from 109, 20%), Haydock (21 from 206, 10%)
ED DUNLOP (3 winners from their last 9 runners, 33% strike-rate): Nothing on Monday, but they are still ticking along nicely with 9 winners from their 38 runners in 2013 (24%), and will be hoping to better the 43 they managed in 2012. 74 was their best ever tally in 2001, while over the years with the likes of Ouija Board, Snow Fairy and Red Cadeaux in their care then banking some big prize money has not really been a problem. Ryan Moore has been on three of their last four winners, while over the past 5 seasons they’ve done best with their 3 year-olds (109 winners). Look for any Southwell AW runners as they’ve got a huge 40% strike-rate there, but in terms of the turf tracks Catterick, Beverley, Brighton, Ffos Las, Newcastle and Pontefract are all tracks they’ve done well at in the past.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Beverley (4 from 17, 24%), Sandown (5 from 38, 13%), Doncaster (6 from 59, 10%), Leicester (5 from 37, 14%), Ripon (4 from 22, 18%), Haydock (2 from 33, 6%)
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