Andy Newton continues with his weekly look at the trainers that have their strings in good form..........
ROBERT EDDERY (3 winners from his last 7 runners, 43% strike-rate): This yard got a mention a while back and with 3 winners in quick succession recently then it looks as if they have their string in good heart again. They fired in 7 winners last season and being already on 6, from just 30 runners in 2012, then they should have little trouble overtaking that tally. Jockey Andrea Atzeni has been getting the majority of the rides – he’s been on all of their recent successes. Three of their six winners have been with their older horses, but it’s worth knowing that 2 (from just 7) have also been with their 2 year-olds. On the horizon they’ve only got one entered, and that’s Rafaaf, down at Sandown on Friday, but as the summer progresses keep a look out for any Brighton runners – they are currently 2 from 3 at the seaside venue.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Sandown (1 from 3, 33%)
JO HUGHES (4 winners from their last 12 runners, 33% strike-rate): This Lambourn-based yard are another of the smaller outfits making hay at present and with 9/1 and 12/1 returns of late then their supporters will be happy too. This is only their second season in operation (11 winners in 2011), and with 12 successes they’ve already bettered last season’s total, while you can expect to see the bulk of their runners on the fibresand at Southwell – they are currently 9 from 40 (23%) there. Finally, they are another yard that does have the odd runner over the sticks, backed up by a 12/1 winner at Uttoxeter on Sunday and are now 2 from 7 with their NH runners this season.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Sandown (0 from 1), Haydock (1 from 4, 25%)
RALPH BECKETT (5 winners from his last 15 runners, 33% strike-rate): Since the end of June the Beckett yard have hit a real purple patch with 12 of their last 17 runners finishing third or better – including five winners. This sees them now on 23 for 2012, and, yes, still a bit of a way to go to get near the 56 they notched in 2011 and the 69 (their best ever) in 2010. That said, with just 144 runners their win strike-rate stands at around 16%, and having had 350+ runners for the past three campaigns then if this is to be repeated you can certainly see them firing in plenty more winners before the season is out. They’ve sent out 4 juvenile winners, but with ten 3 year-old successes this has been their most successful age group. Stable jockey, Jim Crowley, gets the first choice of rides, but he’s only been on 2 of their 5 recent winners – Richard Hughes, Harry Bentley and Richard Thomas have been on the others. Looking ahead make note of any 3 year-olds they send to Ayr (2 from 3), plus any 2 year-olds they run on the AW at Southwell (4 from 9).
Track stats and up-coming entries: Newbury (10 from 96, 10%), Warwick (7 from 44, 16%), Sandown (6 from 56, 11%), Beverley (1 from 3, 33%), Leicester (12 from 54, 22%), Nottingham (11 from 58, 19%), Ayr ( 2 from 8, 25%), Windsor (19 from 116, 16%), Ripon (2 from 10, 20%).
BRIAN ELLISON (8 winners from his last 28 runners, 29% strike-rate): With 30 flat winners so far the shrewd Brian Ellison team are well on their way to bettering last season’s tally of 53, and making this their best-ever campaign. Keep an eye if the money comes for any of their runners as their last 9 to be sent off favourite have been placed at worse, with 3 winning. They are still having the odd jumps runner too, but one horse that has stood out in recent weeks is Best Trip. This 5 year-old dotted up at Carlisle last week to land his third race on the spin and although the handicapper is sure to hike him up again if anyone saw the way he won last time then you’ll agree he could still be one step ahead of the assessor – he’s entered at Haydock (Thursday/Friday) and Warwick (Friday).
Track stats and up-coming entries: Haydock (2 from 26, 8%), Doncaster (2 from 69, 3%), Warwick (1 from 4, 25%), Sandown (0 from 5), Carlisle (13 from 62, 21%), Market Rasen (8 from 49, 16%)
ROGER CHARLTON (4 winners from his last 14 runners, 29% strike-rate): With Cityscape still entered in the Eclipse at Sandown this Saturday then at least his supporters will know the yard have their horses is cracking form. One of their star sprinters, Definightly, was a big winner over at the Curragh on Saturday under Johnny Murtagh and with 15 successes now for 2012 then they are heading in the right direction as they aim for the 43 they notched in 2011. They’ve not had a juvenile runner yet this season, with 12 of their 16 winners coming with their 3 year-olds, however with 9, 7, 10 & 16 juvenile successes over the past seasons then I’m sure we’ll start to see a few of their youngsters in the coming months. Looking at their up-coming entries anything they send to Haydock towards the end of the week should be noted – they have a 24% record at the Merseyside venue.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Haydock (10 from 41, 24%), Newbury (24 from 149, 16%), Sandown (4 from 44, 9%), Leciester (5 from 32, 16%), Beverley (0 from 3)
ED McMAHON (3 winners from their last 11 runners, 27% strike-rate): Not having many runners at the moment, but the ones they are sending to post should be respected. 8 of their last 11 have managed to finish third or better and despite only firing in 5 winners so far for the season they have consistently managed 20+ in the last five seasons and if that’s to be continued then they are another yard that should start to have more winners in the next few months. Jockey Franny Norton has been getting the majority of the rides, with Richard Mullen the other pilot to note. They’ve also sent out two juvenile winners this season from just 12 runners, with 4 seconds too.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Haydock (11 from 65, 17%), Doncaster (2 from 29, 7%), Haydock (11 from 65, 17%), Leicester (4 from 43, 9%), Nottingham (9 from 44, 20%)
ED DUNLOP (4 winners from his last 16 runners, 25% strike-rate): Got a mention last week and with two more winners didn’t let us down. Okay, so one was 1/5, but the other was a respectable 11/2 and that now puts them on 16 winners for the season. They are still some way off the 54 they managed in 2011, so it’s debatable if they can get near that figure, but with their horses clearly in good heart I’m sure we'll be seeing plenty more winners this month. Silvestre De Sousa has been on two of their last three winners, while it’s worth knowing that 12 of their 16 winners this season have been with their 3 year-olds. Their track stats for the up-coming meetings are only average but as the season progresses keep a look out for anything they send to Catterick (3 from 5) or Newcastle (5 from 10).
Track stats and up-coming entries: Yarmouth (6 from 95, 6%), Newbury (7 from 67, 10%), Epsom (2 from 17, 12%), Warwick (1 from 15, 7%), Sandown (6 from 49, 12%), Haydock (2 from 33, 6%), Leicester (3 from 38, 8%), Beverley (2 from 18, 11%), Nottingham (8 from 69, 12%)
SIR MARK PRESCOTT (4 winners from his last 19 runners, 21% strike-rate): This is normally the time of the year that the Prescott team start to hit top gear and we are sure to see a few of their well handicapped horses running up quick sequences. Luke Morris is their main man in the saddle, but it’s worth knowing that Chris Catlin has been on two of their recent winners too. Still, however, only on 10 winners for the season, and with 40+ winners in all of the last 23 seasons then you can be sure the next few months will see a flurry of winners - July is normally their best month. Of their youngsters they are 3 from 12, with half of their 10 winners coming with their 3 year-olds. It can also be helpful looking at their entries – anything with multiple engagements suggests it could be one of their plotted sequence horses. Finally, with the Epsom Thursday evening fixtures starting this week, keep a close eye on anything they send to the Downs – they currently have a 43% record at the southern venue.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Haydock (6 from 30, 20%), Yarmouth (13 from 52), Epsom (10 from 23, 43%), Newbury (0 from 8), Doncaster (2 from 15, 13%), Warwick (1 from 8, 13%), Beverley (3 from 18, 17%), Sandown (8 from 22, 9%), Leicester (1 from 18, 6%), Nottingham (5 from 24, 21%), Ayr (5 from 12, 42%)
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