Friday's Result :
7.30 Haydock : Take Cover @ 5/1 BOG WON at 11/4 (Led to post, made all, ridden and ran on to win by a length and a half).
Saturday's pick goes in the...
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Chelsea Lad at 9/2 BOG.
This unexposed (just 2 starts to date) was a winner here at Newmarket on debut in a Class 4, 7 furlong contest, where stayed on to snatch the win late on, getting home by just a short head, but the runner-up has won since to frank that form.
Chelsea Lad was then off the track for almost six months, before returning to action at Doncaster four weeks stepping up in both class and trip to run at Class over a mile, as he will today. Despite needing the run, he still ran well enough to finish as a runner-up, beaten by just three parts of a length and I'd expect him to improve further for that outing.
That feeling is backed up by the fact that since the start of 2012, 3 to 5yr olds on the Flat racing over 5f to a mile who had won two starts ago and then finished as a runner-up 16 to 60 days ago, returned to winning ways on 114 of 514 (22.2% SR) occasions, returning profits of 296.2pts at an ROI of 57.6%.
These are very good figures, but actually improve under today's conditions, as follows...
- those last seen 16 to 30 days ago : 86/364 (23.6% SR) for 241.7pts (+66.4% ROI)
- 3yr olds are 76/325 (23.4% SR) for 205.6pts (+63.3% ROI)
- those racing over the 1m trip are 36/170 (21.2% SR) for 121.7pts (+71.6% ROI)
- and Class 3 runners are 23/74 (31.1% SR) for 71.7pts (+96.9% ROI)
In addition to the above, trainer Martyn Meade's runners are 6/23 (26.1% SR) for 132.25pts (+575% ROI) here on the Rowley mile, of which those ridden by today's jockey Fergus Sweeney are 4/17 (23.5% SR) for 64.7pts (+380.3% ROI) and those racing over trips of 5f to 1m are 6/16 (37.5% SR) for 139.25pts (+870.3% ROI).
And when Fergus has ridden Martyn's horses over 7f /1m here, they are 3/9 (33.3% SR) for 62.4pts (+693.4% ROI).
Obviously the Meade P/L & ROI figures are skewed by a couple of big priced winners, but the strike rates are still impressive.
And so the call is...a 1pt win bet on Chelsea Lad at 9/2 BOG with any of Bet365, BetVictor, SkyBet and/or Hills who were the best on offer at 9.40pm. To see what your preferred firm is offering, simply...
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