With the three-day York Dante Meeting this midweek Andy Newton highlights some yards to look out for, plus some high-profile stables that don’t have the best of records on the Knavesmire.
MARCUS TREGONING ( YORK STATS: 3 winners from his last 11 runners, 27% strike-rate): Only had 23 runners so far this year, but 5 of those have won (22%), while 13 have finished fourth or better. So far looking at their entries they might only have one heading to York this week – Opera Box, on Weds – but they are 2 from 8 with their older horses at the track and with that in mind should she run then she’s certainly of interest.
WILLIAM HAGGAS (YORK STATS: 16 winners from his last 61 runners, 26% strike-rate): Only had one winner last week, but they still had plenty placed and will, therefore, be heading into this week’s York meeting in decent form. Despite that single winner last week they are still 16 from 69 (23%) with their runners in 2013 and at this stage look to have a fair few heading to the Knavesmire this week. Look out for any 2 year-olds as they are 3 from 14 at York in that age group, but to be honest being 8 from 24 (33%) with their 3 year-olds and 5 from 23 (22%) with their older horses too then they seem to do well whatever the age group.
EVE JOHNSON-HOUGHTON (YORK STATS: 2 winners from her last 5 runners, 40% strike-rate): With both of those winners coming with their 2 year-olds at the track then that’s the first thing to note, but more importantly the yard seem to have their horses in cracking order full stop! With 9 winners from just 33 runners (27%) so far in 2013, including 3 from their last 9 sent to post then even away from York this week their horses should be noted. That’s the only slight negative, they’ve got plenty entered at Newbury and Newmarket this week but only their stable star The Cheka is running at York – that said, it’s in the Duke Of York Stakes on Weds, and could go off a very tasty price.
MARK JOHNSTON (YORK STATS: 11 winners from his last 208 runners, 5% strike-rate): Going great guns with 57 winners already in 2013, but they have had a staggering 324 runners already – a figure most yards would only dream of come the end of the year! Also an impressive 189 of their 324 runners have finished fourth or better (58%), and considering they have so many runners that’s amazing in itself. They are also 7 from just 26 with their 2 year-olds so far this season, so that’s a good sign for the coming months. However, despite all this, and in contrary to what a lot of punters might think, their track stats at York are very poor. With just 11 winners from a staggering 208 runners then it’s not exactly been a lucky course for the ‘Always Trying’ team. While if you drill into those figures further you’ll see that with their older horses they are actually just 2 from 73 (3%)! Let’s hope they can improve these figures this week.
JIM GOLDIE (YORK STATS: 3 winners from his last 85 runners, 4% strike-rate): They had a winner up at Musselburgh on Monday, but that’s been their only winner from their last 21 runners. They are another powerful northern yard that many will think do well at tracks like York – but with just three winners from their last 85 sent there then, like the Mark Johnston camp, they seem to struggle here. All three of those course winners came with their 4+year-olds, but with just 4 winners overall in 2013 from 55 runners then the form of the yard is in question anyway. They do have a few big names – like Nanton, Jack Dexter and Hawkeyethenoo – who they will be hoping can prove me wrong though.
BRIAN ELLISON (YORK STATS: 4 winners from his last 82 runners, 5% strike-rate): Had a couple of winners over the sticks at Market Rasen last week, and a whole host of other placed horses to suggest their string is in fair form at present. Overall for 2013 they are currently 15 from 148, but are showing a nice +£13 level stakes profit from their runners and have already banked over £115k in total prize money. However, they are another big yard that could have better stats at York. With just 4 winners here from their last 82 runners then that should be a worry if you fancy any of their runners this week – all 4 came with their 4+year-olds. They do, however, have a big team entered this week at York, so they will be hoping to improve these poor stats.
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