Stat of the Day, 22nd October 2016
By Steven Oliver
In preparation for Chris being on holiday at the end of the month, I am taking the reins of Stat of the Day for tomorrow, and will hope to keep the good form up. The format will be more along the lines of my Race of the Day feature, so I hope that's ok.
18:50 Wolverhampton - Whip Nae Nae @ 4/1 BOG
Saturday's selection is:
Young Dillon - 14:25 Cheltenham
This is a really competitive three mile novices' hurdle, and apart from Renewing at the bottom of the weights, all have a chance.
Young Dillon was a fine second place last time out, beaten by The Romford Pele when he ran out of steam over two furlongs further than today's distance. Prior to that he won nicely at Fontwell, so appears to be in decent form.
His jockey, Richard Johnson, is also in really nice form with a strike rate of over 20% for the past 30 days.
Another point to note is that he is rated second on the Speed Ratings, behind the favourite Wholestone.
Young Dillon really stands out on the Instant Expert tab. He hasn't run here at Cheltenham before, although him being able to win over two furlongs further than today is a big plus for when they hit the hill, but has excellent form for the other four sections.
Dr Robert Newland has a particularly good record with his hurdlers. He has 48 winners (22.43%) from 214 runners in the period covered with a place record of 99 (46.26%).
So, all of the above leaves us with a one point selection on Young Dillon @ 9/2. The price is widely available at 20:00 on Friday evening.