See who’s made it onto Andy Newton’s ‘hot trainers’ list this week…….
DAVID O’MEARA (9 winners from his last 12 runners, 75% strike-rate): Certainly the form yard at the moment with winners flying in all over the place. Yes, the bookmakers have been taking no chances and have quickly latched onto this good run as 6 of those successes have been sent off as favourite. It’s worth keeping a close eye on their entries (click on trainer’s name) to see if any horses have quick multiple entries as this generally means that the yard think that horse is in good heart, and also could take in 2-3 quick races to take advantage – Rosie’s Lady, who won easily on Monday, is an example of this being also entered the next day with a 7lb claimer on – suggesting the stable were confident of her winning on Monday and then by booking an apprentice to ride the following day this will offset her penalty. They fired in 69 winners last season, and with 9 already in 2013 then we can expect big things from this up-and-coming Yorkshire-based stable.
Track stats and upcoming entries: (Wolverhampton 12 from 43, 28%), Lingfield 1 from 2, 50%)
KEITH REVELEY (3 winners from his last 7 runners, 43% strike-rate): Already had 3 winners from just 7 sent to post in 2013 and this is another yard that are certainly on the up. Having to follow in his mum, Mary’s, footsteps was never going to be easy as she was a legendary northern jumps trainer, but if things continue in this vain this season then the yard could be heading for their best-ever campaign in terms of winners. They are on 21 so far, and need just 12 more to better the 32 then managed in 2005-06. However, what’s even more impressive this season is that their 21 winners have come from just 99 runners (21%), and with son James a huge asset in the saddle then things are looking rosy at the Reveley camp. The front-running Brave Spartacus, if kept to the tight tracks, looks a horse to follow after this impressive 21 lengths victory on New Year’s Day – he’s entered at Doncaster on Wednesday and Catterick on Thursday.
Track stats and upcoming entries: Doncaster (8 from 73, 11%), Catterick (19 from 91, 21%), Sedgefield (10 from 65, 15%), Huntingdon (2 from 24, 8%)
JJ LAMBE (3 winners from their last 8 runners, 38% strike-rate): Based over in Ireland but they are one of many trainers that have regular raids to these shores – and with success too. A recent double (4/1 & 16/1) up at Ayr backs this up, while they are also capable of attracting the services of a certain AP McCoy – who rode all 4 of theirs at the Scottish track that day. Yes, those wins were their first over here this term, but you can expect more trips over and when they do make the effort they rarely leave empty-handed. They are also no strangers to having the odd AW runner too, most often at Dundalk, where they’ve got several entered last this week.
Track stats and upcoming entries: Dundalk (1 from 36, 3%), Fairyhouse (1 from 47, 2%)
JOHN FERGUSON (4 winners from his last 11 runners, 36% strike-rate): We all know now that Mr. Ferguson is Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor and, therefore, he’s been doing really well with some old expensive flat cast-offs over jumps. Obviously the bulk of his NH runners are flat bred horses, so most of them have to be ridden with kid gloves and there are not too many better at that than Denis O’Regan, who rides the bulk of theirs. Ruacana was a somewhat lucky winner in a decent-looking Grade One at Chepstow on Saturday, but that win would have given him plenty of confidence and he rates a horse to note, while their Chat Room was an impressive winner in heavy ground at Catterick last month and could be worth following in similar conditions too. They managed 24 winners from just 78 runners last season and they are already halfway there this term too with 12 successes. That said, they have had a lot more runners than they had at this stage of last season (62), but that’s mainly because their string has increased. Finally, they’ve got plenty of impressive track stats, but look out for anything they send to Ludlow and Catterick as they are currently 3-from-4 at both courses.
Track stats and upcoming entries: Leicester (0 from 2), Doncaster (2 from 6, 33%), Ludlow (3 from 4, 75%) Catterick (3 from 4, 75%), Sedgefield (0 from 1), Huntingdon (4 from 11, 36%), Kempton (0 from 5), Fakenham (3 from 15, 20%)
GARY MOORE (5 winners from his last 14 runners, 36% strike-rate): Sunday’s Sussex National win was a great moment for the yard and although their Well Refreshed is sure to go up a far bit for that 28 length win he still remains an exciting prospect for the yard. Don’t forget they are a yard that operates on both codes, with plenty of flat runners on the AW at this time of year too – two of their recent 5 winners have been on the level. That was their first flat success of 2013, but they generally get in the region of 30-40 winners, so take that into account as the year moves on, while in terms of their jumping figures they are currently sitting on 18. Their best-yet over the sticks is 63 (2005-06), so it’s unlikely they will get near that, but you can expect them to surpass the 29 they managed last season. In terms of the AW tracks you’ll find most of their runners at Kempton and Lingfield, but once the Southwell track is back in operation after the flooding keep a look out for anything they send there as they are currently boasting a 41% strike-rate at the fibresand venue.
Track stats and upcoming entries: Lingfield (53 from 457, 12%), Doncaster (0 from 17), Kempton (45 from 352, 13%), Huntingdon (12 from 107, 11%)
VENETIA WILLIAMS (8 winners from their last 25 runners, 32% strike-rate): Fired in a great treble down at Taunton on Monday to back up the excellent form their horses are in. Jockey Aidan Coleman is riding out of his skin at the moment with bags of confidence and with 60 winners already he needs just 10 more winners to better his best ever tally in a season. Back to the yard and this run of good form puts them on 51 winners for the campaign, and although it might be tight they will be fully hoping to get near the 89 (their best yet) that they notched in the 2003-04 season. It could pay to know that of their 51 winners 34 have been with their chasers and they do look to have some really exciting prospects in that sphere at the moment – most notably Katenko, who won a decent-looking handicap at Sandown last Saturday.
Track stats and upcoming entries: Leicester (8 from 39, 21%), Chepstow (9 from 96, 9%), Ludlow (12 from 62, 19%), Doncaster (2 from 24, 8%), Catterick (1 from 3, 33%), Huntingdon (6 from 64, 8%), Warwick (8 from 56, 14%), Wetherby (2 from 8, 25%), Kempton (4 from 59, 7%)
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