Stat of the Day, 9th November 2012
Again, we walloped the price yesterday, but the race wasn’t run to suit Everaard, who would definitely have preferred a more searching gallop. No use to us.
We’re headed to the South east this afternoon, and the…
Three times during the current run, I’ve had a choice of two horses to nominate and the other one has won. One of that trio of frustrations was when failing to go with an Oliver Sherwood runner. He will have his moment in the spotlight today though.
Sherwood has an excellent record at Fontwell, especially in bumpers and hurdle races. Whilst I could have nominated Bertie’s Desire, who runs in a novice hurdle (1.10), I’ve decided to go with his National Hunt Flat – or bumper – runner, Beforeall.
In NHF races at Fontwell, Sherwood has run ten horses over the past five years, four of which have won. Perhaps more remarkable is that all four were since this meeting in 2010, a period in which his Fontwell bumper form reads 1241181. And perhaps more remarkable still, is that Sherwood also won this race last year, with a 14/1 shot.
He goes for the hat-trick today, and there’s little I can tell you about the horse except that it’s an ex-Irish pointer, who won under that code, and is obviously fancied today.
There was some 3/1 earlier, but 11/4 is now the best available, with bet365 guaranteeing that price should he drift.