PATRICK CHAMINGS (3 winners from his last 5 runners, 60% strike-rate): Yes, not the biggest yard out there, but with 3 winners from just 5 recent runners then they are certainly worth a mention. Those wins came over 6 and 7f,while all of their last 5 runners have been over that trip too. Jockey George Baker has ridden two of the three winners, with Jim Crowley getting the leg-up on the other. They are now on 10 winners for 2012, but they’ve come from just 48 runners (21%), and more importantly are showing a +£8 level stakes profit. 13 in 2003 and 2011 has been their best finish yet, but pay close attention to their 3 year-olds – they are 3-from-4 in that age bracket this season. The only downside is that they’ve not got any immediate entries on the horizon.
Upcoming entries and track stats: No up-coming entries
JOHN SPEARING (3 winners from his last 8 runners, 38% strike-rate): Another of the smaller yards that are doing well at the moment – both on the flat and over the sticks. All three of their recent winners have been on the level, but they are having the odd jumper on show. Jockey Cathie Gannon gets the majority of their rides and has been on two of those recent winners. Most of their flat runners will be campaigned over 1 mile or shorter, and with 10 winners in 2012 they’ve already equalled their 2011 tally – 21 is their best yet (2006). The other thing to note is that all of their 10 successes this year have been with their 4+year-olds and are 0-from-24 with their 2 and 3 year-olds.
Upcoming entries and track stats: Stratford (1 from 14), Lingfield AW (0 from 6), Sandown (1 from 9), Bangor, Salisbury (2 from 20, 10%), Beverley (2 from 10, 20%), Market Rasen (1 from 9, 11%), Newton Abbot (0 from 6)
RON HARRIS (6 winners from his lat 16 runners, 38% strike-rate): Yes, the in-form Juarla has provided two of those six recent wins, but with 4 other successes then it’s clear the Harris horses are in good nick at present. They are now on 48 winners for the 2012 season and need just 4 more to better last season’s tally and 5 more to make this their best-ever campaign. It’s no secret that most of their winners come with sprinters, but keep an eye if up-and-coming jockey Darren Egan rides. The Harris yard are just one of many yards cashing in on the talents of young Darren and his claim – he’s been 4 of their 6 recent winners, with Kieren Fox riding the other two. They have plenty of AW runners at all four of the sand tracks, with Kempton showing the slightly better strike-rate (12%), while on the turf you will often find the bulk of their runners at Bath or Chepstow. At this stage they’ve also got one of their stable stars – Silent Witness, entered in a Group 3 over at the Curragh on Saturday.
Upcoming entries and track stats: Lingfield AW (36 from 292, 12%), Sandown (4 from 31, 13%), Wolverhampton (41 from 531, 8%), Bath (17 from 250, 7%), Curragh (1 from 9, 11%)
ED DUNLOP (6 winners from his last 18 runners, 33% strike-rate): Snow Fairy winning her sixth Group One over in France a few weeks back was another master class of training by the Dunlop team, but they’ve backed that up with four domestic winners too. Yes, this still only puts them on 25 winners for the season, but they are more of a ‘quality over quantity‘yard these days, while looking at their last 10 seasons they generally get between 40-50 winners anyway. 16 of their 25 winners have been with their 3 year-olds, plus 46% of their juvenile runners have finished fourth or better (4 winners). In terms of jockeys they tend to use an array of pilots, with a different one being used on all of their five recent successes.
Upcoming entries and track stats: Kempton AW (25 from 235, 11%), Thirsk (0 from 9), Sandown (6 from 51, 12%), Chester (1 from 15, 7%), Beverley (2 from 18, 11%)
PETER MAKIN (4 winners from his last 12 runners, 33% strike-rate): This Wiltshire-based yard have their horses in fine fettle at present with four recent winners, while 10 of their last 1 have finished sixth or better. They use Seb Sanders in the saddle a lot, but he’s actually only been on one of their recent winners, with Paul Hanagan, Jim Crowley and Jimmy Fortune riding the others. The only negative is that despite this good recent run this actually only puts them on 5 winners for the season, and with 11 and 13 successes from the two seasons before then the winners have hardly been flowing in recent years. All of their 5 winners in 2012 have been with their 3 year-olds, while they are 0 from 15 with their 2 year-olds.
Upcoming entries and track stats: Sandown (3 from 24, 13%), Salsibury (7 from 49, 14%), Bath (7 from 62, 11%), Folkestone (1 from 4, 25%)
LUCA CUMANI (9 winners from their last 28 runners, 32% strike-rate): Probably not had his horses in better form all season as they are now, with a couple of decent winners at York last week backing this up. Add in Quest for Peace going in at Goodwood on Saturday and another success at Yarmouth on Sunday then the good times look set to continue. Kieren Fallon is obviously their main man in the saddle – he’s been on 6 of their last 9 winners. This purple patch puts them on 32 for the season, and now need just 13 more winners to equal their 2011 total. Looking at the breakdown of their winners the majority come with their 3 and 4+ year-olds (29 in total), but with 14 winners from just 50 runners in the 4+year-old bracket then that 28% strike-rate is not to be sniffed at.
Upcoming entries and track stats: Thirsk (2 from 6, 33%), Sandown (11 from 65, 17%), Salisbury (9 from 38, 24%), Beverley (0 from 1), Folkestone (8 from 34, 24%)
ALASTAIR LIDDERDALE (3 winners from his last 9 runners, 33% strike-rate): Based in Berkshire this yard are yet another of the smaller brigade that are flying high at the moment with 11/4, 5/1 and 16/1 winners. They are now on 23 winners for the season, and that’s already 11 more than they managed in 2011, meaning that no matter what happens now this is going to be their best-ever campaign. The bulk of their winners come with their 4+ year-olds (20), while they also have the odd NH runner too. In terms of track stats keep a look out for anything they send to Beverley as they are 2-from-2 there, while at Salisbury they are currently 2-from-7.
Upcoming entries and track stats: Fontwell (2 from 11, 18%), Kempton AW (7 from 96, 7%), Sandown (0 from 4), Wolverhampton (10 from 129, 8%), Folkestone (1 from 11, 9%)
JOHN QUINN (4 winners from his last 13 runners, 31% strike-rate): In fact they’ve got a 100% record with their last 3 NH runners, after a hat-trick of winners at Cartmel last week. Add in one success on the level too, then this takes them to 26 on the flat and 4 over the sticks. Reverting back to the flat keep a look out for any 2 year-olds they run in the coming weeks as they are generally fit enough to do themselves justice – they are currently 5 from 26.
Upcoming entries and track stats: Hamilton (6 from 41, 15%), Kempton AW (1 from 17, 6%), Hereford (0 from 3), Thirsk (4 from 74, 5%), Sandown (3 from 16, 19%), Wolverhampton (10 from 91, 11%), Chester (7 from 46, 15%), Market Rasen (5 from 45, 11%), Beverley (16 from 169, 9%)
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