The Shortlist 21st October 2013

shortlist It was nice to get back on the winning track on Saturday, courtesy of two hyper-competitive handicaps. Balthazar King won at Cheltenham at 7/2, having been 13/2 early; while Breton Rock prevailed at 12/1 having been 14/1 early. Personally, I had a shocking day’s betting at Ascot – though a great day there – which was saved by Coral and Breton Rock: a most unlikely get out of jail!

I hope your weekend wagering was profitable too. Here’s Monday’s hopeful list, such as it is, on what is a dreadful day’s racing, even by Monday standards.

Today’s racecards are here.

5.10 Pon – Headline News – 11/4 PP

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My ‘also considered’ list comprises:

5.40 Pon – Eric The Grey – 9/2 bet365
4.20 Plu – Abbruzzi e/w – 16/1 BetVictor
4.50 Plu – Fair Bramble e/w – 15/2 BetVictor


The Shortlist is a simple concept: I go through the Race Analysis Reports each day to find horses which I consider to be of interest. I then publish that list of horses here. Some will win, many will lose. It is hoped that the winners will cover the losers and leave a bit of gravy on the punting platter. Now, before I go on, I need to make (labour!) a really important point. And it is this: the Race Analysis Reports are deliberately interpretive. That is, different people will highlight different horses depending on whether they’re using the win or place statistics, and which columns they sort on (based on which elements they consider most important in a given race). So, these will be the horses on MY shortlist. Feel free to do with them what you will. You may have a different shortlist, and you are most certainly encouraged to go and play with the numbers to find what works best for you.

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