The Shortlist, 26th April 2014


The early show turned into the late, late show yesterday, as the last of the five picks, Bermuda Boy, got up on the line in a very tight finish. He was nominated at 10/1, but a 20p Rule 4 made that 7.8/1. Still a good bit better than the 9/2 SP. Top Wood was heavily backed – our 9/1 capitulated to 4/1 joint favourite by off time, again a Rule 4 in place – and led until the last 100 yards, eventually finishing a length and a half fourth.

I’m off to Sandown to cheer Sire De Grugy this afternoon, and these are The Shortlist’s fancies, including a number of the Scoop6 races. I might have to do a £2 line!!!

Today’s racecards are here.

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2.40 San – I Have Dreamed e/w – 50/1 SJ
2.50 Rip – Body And Soul e/w – 10/1 SkyBet
3.25 Hay – Ingleby Angel – 12/1 Betbright
3.50 San – Burton Port e/w – 10/1 bet365 (5 places)
5.20 Rip – Extrasolar e/w – 20/1 Hills
7.20 Wol – Dangerous Age e/w – 7/1 bet365
7.35 Don – Spirit Of The Law e/w – 28/1 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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