The Shortlist, 23rd January 2014


Arch Villain ensured it was a winning day when he prevailed, the 11/4 SP a lot shorter than the early 9/2. Two of our other three picks were second.

I’m off to Fakenham for the first time today, to watch Slipper Satin – a slow horse in which I own a share – run. She likes the ground but whether she has any ability is really something we’re not sure about. I couldn’t confidently advise betting her, but I will say I’ll be having a small place bet, more in hope than expectation…

There’s a fair bit to go at today, as per the below.

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Today’s racecards are here.

1.10 Sou – Abi Scarlet – 5/2 bet365
2.15 Gow – Zaidpour – 4/7 BetVictor
3.10 Sou – Slinky McVelvet – 9/2 Seanie Mac
3.15 Gow – Uncle Junior e/w – 22/1 Coral
4.10 Sou – Grandad Mac – 9/2 BetVictor
7.00 Kem – Captain Kendall e/w – 33/1 Coral
7.30 Kem – Insolenceofoffice e/w – 5/1 bet365


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.

As regular readers will know, it makes absolute sense to get the best price you can about any selection you’re backing. Put another way, it makes no sense whatsoever to accept a shorter price than the best available unless you’ve got too much money and are keen to give some away! 😉

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