Friday’s Pick was…
3.30 Sandown : Euginio @ 11/4 BOG 4th at 7/4 (Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, chased leaders, held when not much room and no extra towards finish, beaten by less than a length)
Saturday’s pick goes in the…
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Ventura Gold @ 4/1 BOG
In a 7-runner Class 5 Flat Handicap for 3yo over 1m2½f on Good To Firm ground worth £3881 to the winner…
This 3yr old gelding has won two of his last six runs and his sole turf success came two starts ago in another small field Class 5 handicap on good to firm ground, so conditions won’t be alien to him.
Despite not managing to land SotD’s 4th winner on the bounce yesterday, I’ve no hesitation is trusting Silvestre de Sousa with the reins again today. I mentioned yesterday that he was riding well and although he couldn’t get Euginio up for us, he did have two more winners on the day.
Like Sandown, Nottingham has been another good venue for this jockey in recent years, where he has won 30 of 158 races (19% SR) for 36.7pts (+23.2% ROI) profit since the start of the 2014 season and with today’s race in mind, that record includes…
- in fields of 5-11 runners : 27/115 (23.5%) for 36.4pts (+31.6%)
- in handicaps : 18/107 (16.8%) for 16.3pts (+15.2%)
- at Class 5 : 16/86 (18.6%) for 4.6pts (+5.3%)
- on Good to Firm ground : 10/56 (17.9%) for 6.8pts (+12.2%)
- and over trips of 10/10.5f : 7/27 (25.9%) for 37.6pts (+139.3%)
Now, although he doesn’t get to ride for today’s trainer Richard Fahey too often, it’s certainly not because he doesn’t win on that yard’s horses. In fact he is 4 from 11 (36.4%) for 12.56pts (+114.2%) on them since the start of last season with a 4/6 (66.6%) record in handicaps that has produced 17.56pts profit at an ROI of 292.7%!
And finally, we really should consider Mr Fahey’s own recent record at this venue and I’m happy to report that it’s also very good with 28 winners from 150 since the start of the 2014 season.
This 18.7% strike rate has rewarded followers with profits of 50.7pts at a healthy ROI of 33.8% with his handicappers winning 19 of 104 (18.3%) for 47.4pts (+45.5%) and it is these 104 ‘cappers I want to focus on, because under today’s conditions, they are…
- 15/68 (22.1%) for 55pts (+80.8%) in fields of 5-11 runners
- 10/52 (19.2%) for 42pts (+80.7%) as 3 yr olds
- 6/44 (13.6%) for 37.5pts (+85.3%) when beaten by 5 to 30 lengths LTO
- 7/33 (21.2%) for 24.5pts (+74.1%) in 3yo races
- 7/30 (23.3%) for 36.2pts (+120.5%) racing 6-15 days after their last run
- and 9/24 (37.5%) for 14.7pts (+61.4%) when sent off at odds of 2/1 to 9/2
…pointing to…a 1pt win bet on Ventura Gold @ 4/1 BOG, which was available from BetVictor & SkyBet at 7.10pm on Friday evening. To see what your preferred bookie is offering, simply…
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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that’s unclear, please ask!