Friday’s Pick was…
3.00 Newmarket : Main Edition @ 10/3 BOG 3rd at 5/2 (Overall leader far side, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish)
Saturday’s pick runs in the…
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Intransigent @ 11/4 BOG
In an 11-runner, Class 4, Flat Handicap for 4yo+ over 7f on Good to Soft ground, worth £6081 to the winner…
This 9 yr old gelding was a winner last time out 15 days ago when comfortably landing the spoils over this very course and distance in a better race (Class 3) than this one, despite being poorly drawn in stall 8 of 10.
His trainer Andrew Balding has got his runners firing of late, as his Flat handicappers are 19 from 86 (22.1% SR) for 8.27pts (+9.61% ROI) over the last 30 days, whilst more long-term (ie since 2010) his record here on the Roodee stands at 61 from 265 (23% SR) for 157.4pts (+59.4% ROI).
These are excellent track records and include of relevance/note today…
- handicappers at 42/166 (25.3%) for 116.8pts (+70.4%)
- over the last three seasons : 29/116 (25%) for 96.8pts (+83.5%)
- at Class 4 : 30/107 (28%) for 92.9pts (+86.8%)
- in September : 18/67 (26.9%) for 33.5pts (+50%)
- LTO winners are 12/54 (22.2%) for 33.7pts (+62.5%)
And that LTO winners stat isn’t restricted to Chester as since 2012, Mr Balding’s LTO winners are 137/664 (20.6% SR) for 142.9pts (+21.5% ROI), including 72 winners from 337 (21.4%) for 126.5pts (+37.5%) over trips of 6 to 8.5 furlongs.
Our jockey today is Joshua Bryan, who didn’t have a ride yesterday, but did win both his contests on Thursday over at Pontefract, firstly landing an SotD win on Francis Xavier, before winning for Andrew Balding later on the card.
Joshua has already won three races here at Chester this season from just 12 (25% SR) handicap contests for profits of 14.72pts (+122.7% ROI) and these include…
- over 6 to 7.5 furlongs : 3/6 (50%) for 20.72pts (+345.4%)
- for Andrew Balding : 2/7 (28.6%) for 1.52pts (+21.7%)
- and over 6 to 7.5f for Mr Balding : 2/4 (50%) for 4.52pts (+113%)…
…giving us… a 1pt win bet on Intransigent @ 11/4 BOG, a price offered by ten different firms at 6.00pm on Friday evening. To see what your preferred bookie will give you later…
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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!