ALAN KING (5 winners from his last 19 runners, 26% strike-rate): Add in a whole host of placed finishes then it’s clear that along with their 5 recent winners the Alan King team are in flying form – just in time as the NH Season starts to hot up. A fit Robert Thornton is back riding as well as ever so fingers crossed he can have an injury-free campaign. They’ve also had 10 winners on the flat this year so keep a look for the odd runner on the level, but with 33 winners over the sticks already then they are already well on their way to bettering last year’s haul of 60 (136 was their best finish in 2008-09). Look for any NH Flat runners too as they are 4 from just 11 so far this term, while in terms of tracks to note look out for anything they run at Fontwell, Plumpton, Towcester and Stratford.
MALCOLM JEFFERSON (3 winners from his last 7 runners, 43% strike-rate): Their classy Cape Tribulation was pulled up in the Charlie Hall Chase last weekend, but I’m sure there will be a few good races in him later in the season. Urban Hyam was an impressive NH Flat winner up at Carlisle on Sunday and looks a really exciting prospect to look out for. Brian Hughes has been on all bar one of their last 12 runners, while in terms of winners they are on 7 jumps successes for the season. So far – they managed 23 last season and 31 was their best finish in 2006-07. They are 4 from 16 with their NH Flat runners this season – actually 11 of their last 16 have finished in the top 4. Keep a note of anything they run at Musselburgh and Perth – both tracks they do very well at.
VENETIA WILLIAMS (3 winners from her last 5 runners, 60% strike-rate): An nice Ascot treble on Saturday has really kick-started the Venetia Williams team into gear and once they get on a roll they are certainly a stable to follow. Aidan Coleman has never ridden better and is their main man in the plate, but they still use Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell when they can too. This puts them on 10 winners for the season as they try and better the 90 they managed last term – that was also their best finish yet. They are 2 from 3 with their NH Flat runners, while although they have more runners over fences it’s also worth looking out for their hurdle runners as they are 5 from just 22 so far. Looking at their track stats – Musselburgh, Ffos Las, Cartmel, Carlisle, Catterick, Southwell and Wetherby are the course to note.
HENRY DALY (3 winners from their last 6 runners, 50% strike-rate): The Shropshire-based yard are having a purple patch at present with some nice winners of late. They are giving jockey Jake Greenall plenty of chances – he’s been on the majority of their recent runners and 2 of their last 3 winners. They’ve had 11 winners from their last 49 runners over the sticks this season (22%) and are showing a nice +£14 level stakes profit too. They are 1 from 1 with their NH Flat runners, and a decent 9 from 32 (28%) with their hurdlers this season too. Keep a track of anything they send to Ffos Las and Market Rasen.
NEIL KING (3 winners from their last 7 runners, 43% strike-rate): Based in Suffolk the Neil King yard are another that have their horses in rude health at the moment. Trevor Whelan rides the bulk of their horses – he’s been on 2 of their last 3 winners. They are on 7 winners for the new NH season as they look to better last terms 21 (their best yet) – at this rate they should have no problem bettering that. They are also showing a +£21 level stakes profit with their runners this season, while in terms of tracks to note look for runners at Leicester, Sandown and Sedgefield.
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