As you know, Mal Boyle produces his excellent weekly racing preview every Tuesday for you, but it does often get buried amongst the daily additions of other quality articles on Geegeez, so here's a reminder of what Mal had to say about today's racing scheduled for the six meetings at Bath, Doncaster, Epsom, Folkestone, Sandown and Uttoxeter.
General stats: Marcus Tregoning is slowly getting his act together again and his 29% strike rate at Bath makes for good reading. Sir Mark Prescott tends to have his horses (particularly three-year-olds) entered in so many races around the same time but if any land up here at the highest course in the land, Mark’s 37% ratio is worth plenty of attention. I live ten minutes from the track and can assure you things are drying out rapidly at the time of writing.
General stats: David Lanagan held three options (via two horses) at Doncaster on Thursday and having saddled six of his thirteen runners on Town Moor to winning effect, Buzkashi and Tis Rock ‘N’ Roll (doubly engaged) are worth keeping on the right side if offered the green light.
General stats: Scott Dixon (3/5) and Mark Usher (2/5) both held options at the time of writing, whilst Sir Mark Prescott’s 40% ratio via ten winners makes for very impressive reading.
General stats: Sir Michael Stoute’s 41% record (7/17) takes the beating at Folkestone, whilst Sir Mark Prescott (30%) and William Haggas (29%) also have positive records at Kent’s only racecourse.
General stats: Jeremy Noseda (32% strike rate) is the only trainer who can get near to Sir Mark Prescott (35%) of the trainers likely to have runners at Sandown on Thursday.
Juvenile five furlong maiden event scheduled for 2.00: Four of the five favourites have secured toteplacepot positions to date (one winner), whilst Richard Hannon has won two of the four contests in which the trainer was represented.
Fourteen furlong 3YO handicap scheduled for 2.30. Five favourites have won during the last decade, whilst Andrew Balding has secured two gold, one silver and one bronze medal via the only four contests in which Andrew has been represented. Six clear market leaders and two joint favourites have won during the last fifteen years. Fourteen of the twenty market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions during the study period.
‘Star Stakes’ scheduled for 3.05: Luke Morris was already booked aboard Sir Mark Prescott’s only entry in the race Savanna La Mar on Monday, Mark having secured two of the last seven contests. Five clear market leaders and one joint favourite have prevailed in the last fifteen years, whilst thirteen of the nineteen favourites have claimed toteplacepot positions during the study period.
Class 4 ten furlong all aged handicap scheduled for 3.40: Three-year-olds have won four of the last five contests, whilst just one clear and one joint favourite have obliged during the last decade.
One mile Class 5 maiden for three and four-year-olds only scheduled for 4.15: Favourites have won five of the eight renewals thus far.
General stats: Gordon Elliott (4/7) and Paul Nicholls (6/14) lead the way at Uttoxeter. Dr Richard Newland’s runners are in form as mentioned elsewhere in the column and the trainer boasts a decent 31% figure here, coincidently producing thirty-one points of level stake profits into the bargain.