Itâ€™s that time of the week again as leading horse racing pundit Andy Newton arms you with some much needed ammo to take the bookies on with as he continues with his popular Hot & Cold Trainers feature………
Some highlights from last weekâ€™s spotlighted trainers………………
Sir Henry Cecil â€“ The former champion trainer continues to have one of his best seasons for many a year â€“ can the Warren Place handler win an 11th trainers title? Obviously the mighty Frankel grabbed all the headlines last week at Goodwood, but he followed that up with Chachamiadee (9/2) and Midday (6/4), who was winning her third Nassau Stakes.
Kevin Ryan â€“ Heâ€™s got a nice set of 2 year-olds this season so keep an eye on these, while a win and three seconds earlier this week suggests his string are still in cracking order.
John Gosden â€“ No let-up from the Newmarket based handler with 4 more winners last week, while at the time of writing his all of his last 8 runners finished fourth or better!
Barry Hills â€“ He was on the cold list a few weeks ago, but as we rightly pointed out last week the Hills team are starting to fire in the winners again. The last 7 days have seen 12/1, 5/1, 4/5 and 7/4 successes and itâ€™s odds-on this yard will be appearing in this weekâ€™s hot list again.
Jim Boyle (Cold Trainer) â€“ Okay, he finally got off the mark last Saturday night, but that was expected to win at 9/4 fav, but a run of 10 unplaced horses (some well-fancied) before that meant it was right to flag up the Epsom-based trainer as being a shade out of sorts.
This Weekâ€™s Featured Hot Trainers……
SIR MARK PRESCOTT Bt (6 winners from his last 12 runners â€“ 50%): Itâ€™s no secret that the Prescott team always seem to find their form around this time of the year, and this campaign is no different. The yard have been a regular inclusion in hot trainerâ€™s tables now for almost 2 months and with another 6 recent winners (7/2, 7/2, 3/1, 4/7, 6/4 & 4/9) then there seems to be no let-up yet. Okay, a lot of their runners now are well-fancied and the bookmakers seem to factor the stableâ€™s good form into the prices these days, but they can still be caught out from time to time by the master of Heath House. Again itâ€™s no secret to keep an eye on horses plotted up to win 2, 3 or even 4 races in quick succession â€“ so keep their future entries close at hand, while number one stable jockey Seb Sanders has been on 4 of their recent winners. Looking ahead they have plenty of entries to get stuck into, while at HQ on Saturday they could have Gooseberry Fool (Group 3) and Kinetica (Listed) in action.
TONY COYLE (3 winners from his last 7 runners â€“ 43%): Tony who? Yes, not one of the better known handlers on the circuit but at present there are fewer stables in better form. Based up in North Yorkshire this small yard has fired in winners at 9/2, 28/1 and 20/1 in recent days, so donâ€™t be afraid if their runners are a price, although if they keep on in this vain then Iâ€™m sure the bookmakers will start to take note. Obviously being based in the north most of his runners are at the northern tracks, while in terms of jockeyâ€™s it looks like they just use whoâ€™s available with five different pilots riding their last 6 runners â€“ the only exceptions was Barry McHugh and Shane Kelly who have ridden two each of this last 7 runners. Entries at this stage are very limited with recent Thirsk winner, Thatcherite, engaged at both Redcar (6th) and Thirsk (8th).
DONALD McCAIN (4 winners from his last 10 runners â€“ 40%): Despite being the Grand National winning trainer the bookmakers have seemingly quickly forgotten this as the Cheshire-based handler has fired in 16/1, 9/2, 5/1 and 20/1 winners in the last few weeks. Add in that only one of his last 10 runners has finished out of the top 5 then even those that arenâ€™t winning are running with credit. Stable jockey Jason Maguire has obviously been on the majority of their runners, plus donâ€™t forget they are also having the odd runner on the flat too – Theyâ€™ve got two heading to Worcester this Friday.
ROGER CHARLTON (6 winners from his last 16 runners â€“ 38%):Six winners from their recent runners is a clear sign that you should certainly keep the Charlton yard on your side in the coming weeks. Yes, most of those winners were expected to win, but they still have to do the business â€“ I once saw two 1/10 shots get beaten in the same afternoon! Add in they had Proponent (14/1) run an excellent second in the totesport Mile last week at Goodwood then this is another positive sign. Steve Drowne rides most of their fancied ones, but thatâ€™s no secret, but saying that Jamie Spencer, William Buick, Graham Gibbons and young Kieran Oâ€™Neill have all ridden winners for the yard in recent weeks too. Theyâ€™ve got a couple out on Thursday, and plenty heading to HQ on Friday and Saturday too, while it could be significant that Camberley Two, who won at Pontefract on Wednesday, and Thatâ€™s Dangerous have two entries each.
RAE GUEST (4 winners from his last 11 runners â€“ 36%): Another one of the smaller yards that are leading the way in terms of % strike-rate at the moment. Yes, theyâ€™ve only had a handful of runners, but 7 of their last 11 have been placed, while with Evs, 3/1,15/2 & 10/1 winners youâ€™d be showing a very healthy profit if youâ€™d have backed all their runners in recent days. Ted Durcan has ridden twice for the yard in that period, but apart from him theyâ€™ve used a different pilot each time. Looking ahead they have one entered at Chepstow on Thursday, plus a whole army heading to Lingfield, Brighton and Newmarket on Friday.
BARRY HILLS (11 winners from his last 42 runners â€“ 26%): The Hills team have really turned things around after a really quiet June and July and it looks as if theyâ€™ve got some nice juveniles to go to war with over the closing 3 months of the flat season. Only 4 of their last 18 runners finished outside the top 4, while although theyâ€™ve had a few short-priced ones go in theyâ€™ve also had a 12/1 and two 5/1 enter the winnersâ€™ enclosure, plus they had a double on Wednesday with a winner at Brighton and Kempton.Â Theyâ€™ve got too many entries to mention them all, but the fact they are represented heavily over the next few days further backs up that the yard must be confident of firing in plenty more winners.
ED McMAHON (4 winners from his last 16 runners â€“ 25%): The yard are heavily dependent on the support of owner John Fretwell, but theyâ€™ve only had 2 of their last 16 runners finish out of the top 5. Jockey Richard Mullen rides the majority of their runners, but Sean Levey steered home their impressive Bath winner on Tuesday. Looking ahead theyâ€™ve got entries every day up at Haydock from Thursday to Saturday, plus one at this stage heading to Leicester on Sunday.
KEITH DALGLEISH (5 winners from his last 21 runners â€“ 24%): This yard featured in this list a few months ago, but after a slight lull they are back in business with 5 recent winners (6/1,15/2, 2/1,8/1 and 6/4) – Theyâ€™ve even used the champion jockey Paul Hanagan for their two runners recently. Again being based up north they youâ€™ll tend to find their runners at places like Musselburgh, Catterick, Carlisle and Hamilton. Keep a close eye on anything they run up at Ayr this Saturday evening, at the time of writing the yard have several entered â€“ Blown It and Chookie Avon are also engaged in two races that night, so whichever one the yard opt for could be significant.Â
This Weekâ€™s Featured Cold Trainers……..
CLIVE BRITTAIN (48 days and 59 runners without a winner) â€“ This once powerful yard are having a really torrid time of it this season, and with over 6 weeks now and 59 runners without success you really should think twice about backing anything this yard send to post. Yes, 5 of their last 8 have finished second, which could hopefully be a sign that things could be about to turn around â€“ but, for me, Iâ€™d like to see a winner on the board before steaming in. Theyâ€™ve got several heading to Yarmouth on Thursday and plenty more at Lingfield, Brighton and HQ on Friday, but unless youâ€™ve got a strong fancy a word of caution is still attached to anything they run at present.
DAVID BARRON (33 days and 47 runners without a winner) â€“ This is another yard that could easily count themselves unlucky at the moment with a whole host of placed runners in recent weeks, but the fact is they are still looking for their first winner in over a month now and with 47 runners things must be getting a bit tense at the Barron stable. Of course, this trainer is far too experienced to let this current dip of form get to him and Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s only a matter of days rather than weeks before they can get back on the winning trail, but all I can do is put the information in front of you.