Wednesday’s Pick was…
6.20 Chelmsford : Coachella @ 4/1 BOG 6th at 7/2 (Held up in last trio, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, not pace to threaten)
Thursday’s pick runs in the…
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Handy Hollow @ 11/4 BOG
…in an 8-runner, Class 4 Handicap Hurdle for 4yo+ over 3m3f on Good ground worth £4094 to the winner…
Here we have a very consistent 5 yr old gelding who has finished in the first four home in 8 of his last 9 starts, all under today’s jockey Lorcan Murtagh and including 2 wins. He’ll like the ground today and he stays this far (probably further too, based on what I’ve seen on replay).
Stat-wise, it’s a simple starting point with trainer Donald McCain Jnr’s record here at Sedgefield in recent seasons. Donald’s runners are 41 from 213 (19.25% SR) for a modest 2.83pts (+1.33% ROI) profit since the start of 2015 and whilst those aren’t terribly exciting returns, the strike rate is excellent from blind backing and it’s always good to start from a profitable position.
We, of course, wouldn’t have advocated backing all 213 runners, of course, we’d rather find some logical filters that are applicable today and would also reduce our outlay whilst increasing our returns, such as…
- 5 to 10 yr olds are 41/197 (20.8%) for 18.83pts (+9.56%)
- males are 35/186 (18.8%) for 6.61pts (+3.55%)
- those sent off at 5/4 to 10/1 are 36/166 (21.7%) for 12.22pts (+7.36%)
- handicappers are 25/142 (17.6%) for 14.04pts (+9.89%)
- handicap hurdlers are 14/94 (14.9%) for 7.83pts (+8.33%)
- on Good ground : 13/71 (18.3%) for 7.73pts (+10.89%)
- and at trips beyond 3 miles : 5/24 (20.8%) for 10.88pts (+45.3%)
Now, with the exception of the stayers, those numbers still don’t do enough to get the pulses racing, although 7 to 11% is far better than a bank offers and we’d have fun doing it! The answer, of course, is to tie the filters together and the simplest angle from above is to back Donald’s male handicap hurdlers here, as they are 12/79 (15.2% SR) for 14.37pts (+18.2% ROI). This means we’ve multiplied our ROI by 14 whilst only placing 37% of the original 213 bets!
We can, of course, drill into those 79 male handicap hurdlers if we wished and if we did, we’d find that…
- 5-10 yr olds are 12/71 (16.9%) for 22.37pts (+31.5%)
- Class 2 to 4 runners are 8/57 (14%) for 16.93pts (+29.7%)
- in 2017/18 : 9/45 (20%) for 23.23pts (+51.62%)
- at odds of 5/4 to 10/1 : 11/60 (18.3%) for 15.74pts (+26.24%)
- on Good ground : 5/29 (17.2%) for 21.49pts (+74.09%)
- and over today’s 3m3f course and distance : 2/11 (18.2%) for 7.82pts (+71.05%)
And from the above, 5-10 yo male hcp hurdlers at Class 2-4 in 2017/18 at odds of 5/4 to 10/1 are 5/17 (29.4%) for 20.49pts (+120.53%) including 2/7 (28.6%) for 10.32pts (+147.5%) and 2 from 4 (50%) for 14.82pts (+370.4%) over this 3m3f C&D…
…giving us… a 1pt win bet on Handy Hollow @ 11/4 BOG, as offered by more than half a dozen firms at 5.35pm on Wednesday evening, whilst there was some 3/1 BOG available at Bet365 for those able/quick enough to take advantage. In fact 7/2 was widely available at 9.00am Thursday! To see what your preferred bookie is quoting…
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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!