Trainer Watch 7th July…

Roger CharltonOver the last seven days we saw a deluge of winners from last week’s featured trainers, with the highlights being four more from Roger Varian and a monster 16/1 winner for Noel Wilson – Andy Newton takes you through this week’s batch as we head into Newmarket’s July Meeting.....


Some highlights from last week’s spotlighted trainers........

Roger Charlton: The Wiltshire-based handler fired in a 6/1 winner at Epsom last Thursday night, while he added to that on Saturday with another winner at Leicester and a 16/1 runner-up at Sandown.

Noel Wilson: Wow! If you took the advice here you’d have been rewarded with a 16/1 winner after his Hypnosis got up at Doncaster on Friday.

Roger Varian: Continues to really make a name for himself with another four winners since he was flagged up last week, including a 6/1 sucess at Epsom last week and a 9/2 winner at Haydock on Friday.

Jeremy Gask: A 9/2 winner at Windsor on Monday night justified his inclusion on last week’s list.

Peter Bowen: Before Wednesday - from his last eight runners the Welsh-based handler has fired in three more winners (4/1, 9/4 & 8/1).

John Gosden: Still sending out plenty of runners that produced two more winners last week, but with 10 of his last 11 runners finishing fifth or better then it’s clear the yard are still in great nick.

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This Week’s Featured Hot Trainers.......

RAE GUEST (4 winners from his last 10 runners, 40% strike-rate): Okay, he’s not had many runners but it’s clear the ones he is sending to post are at the top of their game. The yard has sent out 4 winners from just 10 runners of late, including a 12/1 shot at Warwick last Friday. Jockey Martin Lane has been on one of those, but they tend to use the more experienced Ted Durcan, who’s been on the other three. In the coming days the team have plenty of entries at HQ, Ascot, York, Chester and Newbury.

ROGER VARIAN (7 winners from his last 19 runners, 37% strike-rate): Michael Jarvis’ protégé keeps justifying his old boss’s faith and there’s arguably no hotter flat handler at present. Four more decent winners last week, including two at 6/1 and 9/2 mean that his followers should be laughing all the way to the bank at the moment.  Looking ahead he’s got an army heading to Newmarket, including Elzaam in the July Cup, so keep a close eye on anything that lines-up, while he’s also got the well-fancied Pekan Star going in the John Smith’s Cup at York on Saturday.

PETER BOWEN (9 winners from his last 25 runners, 36% strike-rate): The Welsh-based handler has featured in almost all of the hot trainers lists for the last month and the way the yard is going there doesn’t seem to be much let-up just yet. Another 4/1 winner at Worcester on Wednesday night and a 28/1 double at Market Rasen on Sunday back up just what a good run the stable is having. Jockey’s Tom O’Brien and Jamie Moore are on most of his runners, but keep an eye if they jock-up Donal Devereux as he was onboard their latest winner. The only drawback when looking at their entries is that you’ll have to wait until Sunday at Southwell and Stratford.

ROGER CHARLTON (5 winners from his last 15 runners, 33% strike-rate): His last 10 runners have seen 4 winners and 3 seconds, so with entries at Newbury on Friday and more on Saturday at Newmarket, Ascot and Salisbury then he’s a trainer to keep on your side as we head into the weekend. His main hope looks to be Bated Breath in the July Cup at HQ on Saturday, while Genki also runs in the same race.

ED McMAHON (3 winners from his last 10 runners, 30% strike-rate): Not had many out on the track, but of the last 10 he’s sent out 3 that have won and another 2 were placed. Richard Mullen rides most of their runners, having been on two of those recent winners, while Seb Sanders was on the other.

DAVID BARRON (7 winners from his last 24 runners, 29% strike-rate): His stats are still being backed up by a treble on the 25th June, but he had another one go in on Saturday and with plenty entered this Thursday, Friday and Saturday then it will be a surprise if he can’t add to those stats. Lee Newman is the jockey to look out for with 4 recent winners for the yard.

JIM GOLDIE (9 winners from his last 34 runners, 26% strike-rate): A treble at Ayr on Sunday is a big reason the Goldie yard are in this week’s list, but they also had 3 winners last midweek so the signs were there. They tend to use Danny Tudhope and Gary Bartley the most, but Phillip Makin was in the plate on one of theirs on Sunday too. For the rest of the week he’s got a few heading down to Newmarket on Friday and Saturday, but most of his entries over the weekend are at the northern tracks so keep a close eye on anything that makes it to post.

ED DUNLOP (6 winners from his last 24 runners, 25% strike-rate): The Newmarket-based handler has sent out three winners from his last three runners, two of which William Buick has been on. Before that he’s also banged in another two winners since Red Cadeaux landed a Group Three in Ireland meaning it’s hard to overlook his two runners this Thursday at Doncaster and Newmarket.

RALPH BECKETT (7 winners from his last 30 runners, 23% strike-rate): Three winners from his last seven runners, including another at Bath on Wednesday means that the Beckett team head into the weekend at the top of their game. Interestingly six of those recent winners came with horses running over 7f of less, so keep that in mind, while Jim Crowley has ridden the most winners for the yard in that period. With such good racing over the weekend they’ve got so many entered to mention them all, however, because of the high volume of entries then anything that does make it to post is clearly going to be in good heart.

DAVID PIPE (4 winners from his last 18 runners, 22% strike-rate): The Pond House team are not having too many runners at the moment, but with three winners, including a flat success at Sandown, from their last eight then anything they run over the next week should be noted. They are trying to use AP when they can, but with plenty of entries this Sunday at Southwell then it will be a shock if they can’t bag another winner or two.

This Week’s Cold Trainer......

J R Jenkins (44 days and 39 runners without a win): With only one placed runner from their last 13 runners then there is clearly a slight form issue with the Jenkins horses at the moment. It’s almost a month and a half now since their last runner landed the first prize, so although they won’t have any heading to HQ this week they’ve still got a few scattered around the country so tread again tread carefully before parting with your hard-earned.

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