Trainer Stats: 28th Feb 2012

N Richards

Look Out For Nicky Richards Runners

See who’s made it onto Andy Newton’s HOT TRAINER’S list this week….


MARCO BOTTI (5 winners from his last 10 runners, 50% strike-rate): Three more winners last week for the this powerful yard, and that now puts them on 16 for the season from just 52 runners (31%). We can expect a big season ahead and in Adam Kirby, who rides the bulk of their horses, riding out of his skin then everything looks rosy at the Newmarket-based yard.  They will have the 52 winners then got 12 months ago in their sights as a firm target, while it could pay to know 25 of those successes came with their 3 year-olds. Of the four AW tracks they do best at both Wolverhampton and Southwell – both venues they boast 21% strike-rates at. Also keep a look out for runners at Meydan as they’ve got several entered at the Dubai track later this week.
Upcoming entries and track stats:  Lingfield (22 from 140, 16%), Kempton (37 from 245, 15%)


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SOPHIE LEECH (3 winners from their last 6 runners, 50% strike-rate): A yard that are really making a name for themselves and with 15 winners already in 2012-13 they’ve already beaten their tally of 10 from last season. Jockey Paul Moloney gets the majority of their rides, and has steered home all three of their recent winners, one of which was a 25/1 shot at Chepstow on Sunday. If the past few seasons are anything to go by then they seem to do equally well with their hurdlers and chasers, but have only had 1 NH Flat runner in the last 5 seasons. You will find the bulk of their jumpers at tracks like Fontwell, Newton Abbot, Stratford, Uttoxeter and Worcester, but note anything they send up to Cartmel – they are currently 4 from 19 there.
Upcoming entries and track stats:  Taunton (1 from 19, 5%), Newbury (0 from 6), Sedgefield (1 from 6, 17%)

NICKY RICHARDS (4 winners from his last 8 runners, 50% strike-rate):
Had a nice double up at Ayr last week, while his exciting Duke Of Navan could be seen next up at Kelso on Saturday in a decent Grade Two. And The Man got off the mark over fences last week, while their Simply Ned won well at Ayr and hold entries in the Coral Cup and Martin Pipe Conditionals race at the Cheltenham Festival. With 24 winners they need just 5 more to equal the 29 they managed last season, but will not better the 64 the managed in 2006-07. Sedgefield (entries there on Sunday), Carlisle and Kelso (entries there on Saturday) are the three tracks they do best at.
Upcoming entries and track stats:  Kelso (27 from 121, 22%), Sedgefield (9 from 45, 20%)


DEREK SHAW (3 winners from his last 7 runners, 43% strike-rate): A 43/1 double at Kempton on Monday underlined the well-being of the Derek Shaw horses at the moment – victories that followed a 13/2 success at Wolverhampton last Friday. They also seem to have found a decent apprentice in Adam McLean, who’s been on a lot of their recent runners and claims a handy 7lbs at the moment. That’s 8 winners now for 2013, a figure that’s already just under a quarter of what they got last term, but still some way off their best-ever total of 51 which they managed in 2007. Of their 25 winners last season a massive 21 came with their older horses (4+ year-olds), while the bulk of their runners will be found running over 1m or shorter. They have by-far their most runners on the AW, especially at Wolverhampton, where they’ve had 469 runners in the last 5 seasons. Over the sticks they’ve had 1 winner from 15 runners so far this season.
Upcoming entries and track stats:  Kempton (14 from 197, 7%), Southwell (16 from 152, 11%), Wolverhampton (47 from 469, 10%), Doncaster (0 from 3)


DAVID SIMCOCK (7 winners from his last 16 runners, 44% strike-rate): Seems to be a regular on here at present, so that tells its own story on how their horses are running at present.  Gabrial The Duke, who has won his last two in impressive fashion, looks one to look out for and at this stage could be heading to Lingfield on Saturday. That’s a staggering 15 winners from just 44 runners (34%), while they’ve had 34 of those 44 finish four or better – great stats! Add in that they are also showing an impressive +£21 level stakes profit for their runners this year then Simcock followers will be smiling too. Their best-ever tally was 68 (2012), and should get very close to that again, especially with 15 already on the board. As we move towards the flat turf season then make a note of anything they run at Brighton, Thirsk or Ffos Las – all tracks they’ve got excellent strike-rates at. In terms of the AW tracks they do best at Southwell (27%), and are 2-from-2 there with their juveniles.
Upcoming entries and track stats:   Southwell (4 from 15, 27%), Lingfield (32 from 173, 18%), Kempton (24 from 219, 11%)


ISMAIL MOHAMMED (3 winners from his last 7 runners, 43% strike-rate):  Based in Newmarket this will be a new name to many punters, but with three recent winners on the AW they are certainly an outfit to keep an eye on. Mubtadi, has been a real revelation with three wins on the spin and although the Dr Fong 5 year-old will probably have a break he’s one to look out for, albeit at a low level. The other horse that is flying the flag for the talents of this trainer is Light Burst – rated 80 when he won last week at Southwell you can expect him to go up a bit for that but he seems to love the fibresand surface at Southwell and could go in again. The yard also have plenty of runners out at Abu dhabi and Jebel ali and with a bit of backing behind them they could be set for a good season on the turf – they’ve got two entered at Meydan on Thursday. So far they’ve bagged 5 career wins, in the UK and considering they notched 7 in the whole of 2012 that’s another clear sign they are moving in the right direction.
Upcoming entries and track stats:   No UK entries but have two at Meydan on Thursday



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