Stat of the Day, 21st December 2013
Russe Blanc was a never nearer third yesterday, plugging on when others had cried enough, but finishing six lengths behind the winner, Hollins. He was returned at 11/4, so there was a good bit of value in the early 7/2.
Chris is away until Boxing Day now, so you're lumbered with me for the last two days racing before Christmas, and today, it's off to the beach at Leafy, for the...
John Gosden is a man whose winter team are in stellar form at the moment, with a 14 day strike rate of 71% - that's five winners from his seven runners in a form string which reads 1161131. His form in December as a whole is 1401251141161131, which is nine wins from sixteen runs (56%).
Today he saddles three at Lingfield, so there's a fair chance I'll plump for the wrong one, especially as I'm siding with one of a pair in the same race. While Dick Doughtywylie is no back number, his form is probably slightly below that of stablemate and today's SotD nominee, Gatewood.
Winner of a Listed handicap at Royal Ascot in 2012, Gatewood's form dipped a little when taken for a campaign down under. But, freshened up and on his first all weather start last time, he ran a fair second in this same Listed class at Kempton. That was over a mile and a half and all of Gatewood's winning form has been at a mile and a quarter, today's trip.
In fact, his record at the trip reads 2141112. William Buick rides, and the 11/4 BOG generally probably has a touch of value about it.
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