Did you know that Tim Vaughan is now 52 days and 57 runners without a winner? Andy Newton looks at who’s hot and who’s not this week…….
JOHN GOSDEN (4 wins from his last 7 runners, 57% strike-rate): He’s still firing in the winners folks! Yes, this powerful Newmarket stable are only sending a select few to post, but the ones they do are clearly sent out to win. So far in 2012 they’ve run just 20 horses, but a monster 18 have finished third or better – including 9 wins. Considering a lot of there’s also go off odds-on then it’s fantastic that they are also showing a +£19 level stakes profit this year too. Six of their 9 AW winners have been with 3 year-olds, while in terms of their AW track stats (2011-12) then you might want to steer clear of any Wolverhampton runners (just 1 from 8), but they are boasting excellent records at all the other three in 2012 – Lingfield (5 from 17), Kempton (5 from 15) and Southwell (2 from 7). The only downside is that looking ahead the yard doesn’t seem to have any many AW entries in the coming days, only Derivatives at Wolverhampton next Monday. It’s still worth knowing the stable are in good form though and they are bound to have more entries in the next week or so, while it’s actually not that long until the flat turf season gets going!
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Wolverhampton (19 from 88, 22%)
JAMIE OSBORNE (4 wins from his last 9 runners, 44% strike-rate): Another name that’s been dominating this feature in the past few weeks and although they’ve not had another winner since we last spoke – they’ve actually not had any runners! Plenty, however, on the horizon this week with entries at Kempton, Lingfield and Wolverhampton to look out for. In terms of sheer numbers this makes excellent reading with 13 winners from just 34 sent to post in 2012, plus an eye-catching +£35 level stakes profit . Jockey Fergus Sweeney gets the bulk of the rides and has done the steering on three of their last 4 winners. While at the moment they are 5 from 10 with their 4+year-olds on the AW.
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Kempton (4 from 13, 31%), Lingfield (2 from 10, 20%) & Wolverhampton (4 from 17, 24%)
ANTHONY HONEYBALL (4 wins from his last 10 runners, 40% strike-rate): Another new name that we’ve not seen on the hot trainers list before, but with another 10/1 winner at Taunton on Tuesday then followers of the Honeyball yard are laughing all the way to the bank at present. That puts them on 18 wins for the season – their best-ever – from just 64 runners (28%) and are sitting on a cool +£54 level stakes profit. In fact, if they stay in positive figures for the remainder of the season then this will be the third campaign in the last 4 years they’ve managed that – suggesting that the bookmakers are still letting their runners go off at handsome prices. Jockey Rachael Green is the pilot to look out for, having ridden 3 of their recent four winners – Aidan Coleman was on the other. Finally, for a small yard they do extremely well with their NH Flat horses too – this season they are 5 from just 18 in that arena, but with 9 from 19 over fences then anything they run over the bigger obstacles is where punters have made their money this season. The final thing to note is they do very well at Fontwell (5 from 16) and with racing there this Sunday then keep an eye for any Honeyball runners at the figure-of-eight venue.
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Lingfield (NH) (0 from 3), Huntingdon (0 from 1), Sandown (no runners), Warwick (0 from 4), Chepstow (2 from 17, 12%), Kempton (NH) (0 from 4), Fontwell (5 from 16, 31%) and Towcester (1 from 6, 17%)
DAVID C GRIFFITHS (3 wins from his last 8 runners, 38% strike-rate): A new name that some punters might not be familiar with, but anything they run at the moment should be noted. You will find all their runners on the flat and, therefore, at this time of year on the AW tracks. This Yorkshire based yard has only been in operation since 2010, and with 4 wins during their debut season and 8 last year then they are going in the right direction. They’ve already fired in six successes in 2012, so looks certainties to push on again, while despite being based in the north it’s Lingfield they do best at – they are 4 from 12 (33%) there. Last season they had six turf winners but I fully expect them to improve on that – keep an eye on any Catterick runners once the flat season kick in – they are 2 from 6 there in recent years!
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Lingfield (4 from 12, 33%)
MARK JOHNSTON (9 wins from his last 27 runners, 33% strike-rate): Only had one winner since last Friday, and their last five of their last six to go off favourite has been turned over too. Therefore, there is a tiny word of caution advised, but with another AW trainers’ title in their sights I can see things getting back on track soon and let’s be honest – they are still operating at a 33% strike-rate! They are now 24 wins from just 79 runners in 2012 and for a big yard whose horses are normally always on the short side it’s encouraging to see them on a +£12 level stakes profit. 15 of their 24 winners have been with their 3 year-olds, while jockey Joe Fanning is their main man in the saddle at this time of year, and with his AW jockeys race with Luke Morris hotting up he’ll be hoping the yard continue in good form. Of the four AW tracks then if there is one slight negative it’s their record at Kempton (48 from 327, 15%)
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Southwell (67 from 283, 24%), Kempton (48 from 327, 15%), Lingfield (70 from 348, 20%) & Wolverhampton (86 from 380, 23%)
NICKY HENDERSON (15 wins from his last 49 runners, 31% strike-rate): No let up at Seven Barrows and with Cheltenham just around the corner and coughing rumours coming out of the Nicholls yard then everything is pointing towards a good festival for Henderson. Long Run, Sprinter Sacre, Binocular and Riverside Theatre all advertised their Cheltenham claims with impressive wins over the last 7 days and although we are unlikely to see many of their festival fancies from here on in you can still expect them to have plenty on show. It was also great to see Barbers Shop get back to winning ways in a Hunter Chase at Fakenham last Friday. They need just over £6,000 to make it £1mill in winning prize money this season; while in the total prize money stakes they are on £1,350,000 – still around £350,000 adrift of Nicholls though! Looking at their winning numbers they are now on 125 for the season, and need only 28 to equal last season’s haul of 153, while they are still farming impressive NH Flat figures – they are now 14 from 45 (31%).
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Lingfield (NH) (5 from 14, 36%), Huntingdon (38 from 108, 35%), Sandown (29 from 139, 21%), Warwick (12 from 41, 29%), Kempton (NH) (60 from 205, 29%), Chepstow (3 from 24, 13%), Fontwell (11 from 38, 29%) & Towcester (15 from 53, 28%)
TOM GEORGE (4 wins from his last 16 runners, 25% strike-rate): A near-on 80/1 double at Southwell last week was a sign that the Tom George yard was about to hit form and they followed that up with a 12/1 bumper winner at Taunton on Tuesday. With 9 of their last 16 runners also finishing in the first three then the yard could be in for a good few weeks. Gold Cup winning jockey Paddy Brennan gets the bulk of the rides and has been on three of their 4 recent winners. This good run puts them on 29 for the season and although it’s hard to see them bettering their best-ever tally of 50 (2003-04) I still think they will easily end with 40+, and considering they finished last season with a poor 18 winners then they must be pleased things are going better this time. Finally, they are 4 from 10 and +£35 with their NH Flat runner so far this season.
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Warwick (3 from 23, 13%), Sandown (3 from 19, 16%), Kempton (NH) (3 from 29, 10%), Chepstow (6 from 56, 11%) & Towcester (4 from 46, 9%)
COLIN TIZZARD (5 wins from his last 23 runners, 22% strike-rate): The Tizzard team fired in an unbelievable five-timer in the space of an hour last Saturday afternoon and anyone that was lucky enough to back them all would have been rewarded with a cool £3,380 for a £1 stake. Son, Joe, gets the majority of the rides, but four different jockeys were used for Saturday’s haul of winners, so don’t be too put off if you see the likes of Tom O’Brien, Dave Crosse or Brendan Powell doing the steering. Looking at their numbers they need just 5 more winners to make this their best-ever season. The other thing to note is they do slightly better with their chasers (21 of their 37 wins), and in fact 60% of their horses running over the bigger obstacles have finished fourth or better this season!
Upcoming Entries and Track Stats: Lingfield NH (0 from 1), Sandown (No runners), Warwick (1 from 5, 20%), Chepstow (2 from 19, 11%), Kempton NH (0 from 6) & Fontwell (0 from 11)
This Week’s Cold Trainers……….
TIM VAUGHAN (52 days and 57 runners without a winner)
TIM EASTERBY (66 days and 29 runners without a winner)
KEITH GOLDSWORTHY (181 day and 47 runners without a winner)
Click on a trainer’s name to see all their future entries……….