GEORGE BAKER (8 winners from his last 15 runners, 53% strike-rate): Been going now since 2008 and have now notched up over 185 winners during that period. 49 has been their best yet (2011), while this season they are going along nicely with 25 winners. Of their 187 runners in 2013, 83 have finished in the top 4 (44%). Jockey Pat Cosgrave is their main man in the saddle – he’s ridden 6 of their recent 8 winners. Only 4 juvenile winners so far in 2013, but they only had 6 in 2012 and 8 the year before. In terms of tracks to note, look for anything they run at Wolverhampton, Yarmouth and Lingfield (AW).
ROGER VARIAN (9 winners from his last 18 runners, 50% strike-rate): The Varian team are flying at the moment with 56 winners and a 20% strike-rate in 2013 then all is rosy at Kremlin House. They also need just £30,000 in total prize money to make this their best-ever season, something they will do with ease with around 3 ½ months of the year left. Just 4 juvenile winners so far, but you can expect that to increase with 17 last year and 13 the year before. Of their 56 winners a massive 40 have been with their 3 year-olds, while jockey Dane O’Neill has started to pick up a lot of rides for the stable. Looking at their track stats they do very well at Bath, Brighton, Doncaster, Haydock, Wolverhampton, Windsor, Southwell (AW), Lingfield, Yarmouth and Leicester.
HUGO PALMER (3 winners from his last 7 runners, 43% strike-rate): Now in his third season with 7 and 6 winners in his first two years. They’ve smashed that in 2013 with 12 and there should be plenty more to come from this up-and-coming yard. They’ve got a few decent sorts in their care too and I suspect it won’t be too long before some of the bigger owners come knocking at their stable door. 5 of their 10 juvenile runners this year have finished in the top 4 (2 winners), while you will mainly find their runners at tracks like Kempton, Lingfield and Wolverhampton, but note anything they send up to Newcastle – they are currently 3 from 6 there!
CHRIS WALL (5 winners from his last 13 runners, 38% strike-rate): They’ve only had 17 winners so far this year, but 5 of those have been in the last few weeks. They normally get around 30 winners in a season so if that’s to be repeated then we can expect a good end to the year for the Wall team. Their Oh So Sassy was a very easy winner at Kempton last time and looks one that could easily go in again on that run. No 2 year-old winners from 7 sent to post so far this year, but they only had 1 from 37 in 2012 and are just 7 from their last 119 juvenile runners. They’ve plenty of entries on the horizon, but look for runners at Pontefract, York and Salisbury, while they have the bulk of their runners at Yarmouth and Kempton (AW).
RAE GUEST (4 winners from his last 12 runners, 33% strike-rate): A very consistent yard who seem to always fire in around 20-30 winners a season. That said, they bettered that in 2012 with 35 successes, which was their best yet, and being currently on 25 then they are in with a shout of bettering that again. They do very well with their fillies and mares, while they are also doing well with this season’s crop of juveniles (6 from 23, 26%). Jockey Chris Catlin gets the bulk of their rides, but they are another stable that have also recognised the talents of young Oisin Murphy, who currently claims a handy 5lbs. Their track stats suggest looking for anything they run at Beverley, Catterick, Leicester, Musselburgh, Newcastle, Salisbury, York, Warwick and Sandown.
MARCO BOTTI (4 winners from his last 14 runners, 29% strike-rate): In fact 13 of their last 14 runners have finished in the top 4, so their winning stats could easily have been a lot better. They are now on 54 winners for the season and that’s already their best-ever tally, with 52 their previous best. Since he started training in this country they’ve sent out 295 winners at the time of writing so are sure to break through the 300 barrier this season too. Jockey Martin Harley has been picking up most of their rides – he’s also been on their last 3 winners. So far they’ve sent out 5 juvenile winners from in 2013, but the bulk of their winners have been with their 3 year-olds (33). Look out for runners at courses like Beverley, Chester, Windsor, while of the AW tracks they do best at Wolverhampton.
Stats correct – 15th Sept 2013
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