Tuesday's Result :
4.40 Wetherby : Lunar Flow @ 4/1 BOG 5th at 9/4 Led to 2nd, led again before 5th, headed 5th, weakened after 5 out...
Next up is Wednesday's...
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War Creation @ 9/4 BOG
A Class 4, 2m5.5f handicap hurdle on soft ground worth £5,263 to the winner and a shorter priced pick than I'm usually comfortable with...
Because it's pretty poor stuff out there and most of those that I like from stats angle are even shorter!
But the reasons why this one ticked some boxes begin with the excellent start she has made to her racing career, making the fame in four of six starts, picking up three wins along the way. Amongst those races so far, she is...
- 3 from 4 in fields of 4-9 runners
- 2 from 3 going right handed
- 1 from 1 here at Ludlow
- 1 from 1 on soft ground
- 1 from 1 under today's jockey Ned Curtis
In fact, Ned was on board last time out, when she won at Haydock by six lengths 53 days ago over 2m3f on heavy ground at this grade, so stamina hopefully won't be her undoing.
That LTO win also qualifies her for one of my LTO winner micro-systems, whose rules/criteria seem more complicated in print than they are in practice, but here goes...
Class 2 to 5 handicap hurdle races over 3 miles or shorter / horses aged 5 to 11 yrs old / won a hcp hurdle LTO by 4 lengths or more and are now running under the following conditions : same class or up one grade from LTO / off a mark (OR) equal or up to 14lbs higher than LTO and at a trip ranging from 4.5f shorter to 3.5f longer than LTO.
Since the start of 2013, we've had 987 qualifiers fitting the above criteria, so it's a decent sample size that has yielded 303 winners (30.7% SR) for profits of 341.7pts at an ROI of 34.6% and include of relevance today...
- same class as LTO : 194/565 (34.3%) for 194.72pts (+34.5%)
- won by 5 to 10 lengths LTO : 139/451 (30.8%) for 193.17pts (+42.8%)
- at Class 4 : 138/439 (31.4%) for 118.75pts (+27.1%)
- 6 yr olds are 81/277 (29.2%) for 55.5pts (+20.1%)
- on Soft ground : 73/246 (29.7%) for 74.76pts (+30.4%)
- in Feb/March : 60/207 (29%) for 93.45pts (+45.1%)
- up in trip by 1.5f to 3.5f : 59/187 (31.6%) for 90pts (+48.1%)
- and here at Ludlow : 12/28 (42.9%) for 10.77pts (+38.5%)
I think most people are aware of trainer Nicky Henderson's decent record here at Ludlow in the last few years (his hurdlers are 21 from 64 here since 2013), so I'm not going to bore you with those details, but I'm going to end with a quick note (or two!) about War Creation's father, Scorpion, whose offspring are 13 from 75 (17.3% SR) for 134.75pts (+179.7% ROI) in handicap jumps races on soft ground or worse since the start of 2017.
Those figures don't actually include Tuesday's results where one of his three progeny running went and won at 10/1 (Hoo Bally Diva at Taunton), but do contain the following...
- over trips of 2m to 2m5.5f : 12/51 (23.5%) for 154.91pts (+303.8%)
- on soft ground : 7/50 (14%) for 121.15pts (+242.3%)
- over hurdles : 6/47 (12.8%) for 114.24pts (+243.1%)
AND...in soft ground handicap hurdles over 2m to 2m5.5f : 4/21 (19.1% SR) for 128.18pts (+610.4% ROI)
...giving us...a 1pt win bet on War Creation @ 9/4 BOG which was available from Bet365, SkyBet and a couple of minor payers at 5.45pm onTuesday. 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!