The Shortlist, 11th February 2014


Frustration reigned on Monday: first, Plumpton was off, meaning no Slipper Satin. Then, on The Shortlist front, we had thirditis as Hartside (8/1), Alderbrook Lad (11/2), and Big Baz (evs) all took bronze. Epic Battle, nominated at 3/1, compounded the misery by finishing second at 11/8. Real Milan was a non-runner, having been backed from 4/1 into 9/4.

Onwards, to Tuesday, where I hope Bedloe’s Island will improve for the big trip increase, as he has everything else in his favour and is 16/1…

Today’s racecards are here.

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3.05 Sou – Bedloe’s Island – 16/1 bet365
4.00 Ayr – Too Cool To Fool – 7/2 bet365
4.10 Sou – Nick The Odds – 13/2 BetVictor
4.30 Ayr – Prosecco e/w – 16/1 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.

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