Stat of the Day, 24th November 2013
Men Don't Cry certainly proved his consistency on Saturday night, but was unable to get away with conceding a stone to the 3/1 favourite.
Men Don't Cry drifted a little from our advised 5/1 price to an SP of 11/2 and bravely attempted to steal the race coming off the final bend, but was eventually overhauled close to the line and suffered a defeat by just a head.
He was by no means disgraced and certainly belied his price tag, but still drew a blank for us which I'll hope to rectify in the...
In the last two years, Alan King has sent just nine chasers to Exeter, but it has been well worth his while, as he has netted five winners in that time for level stakes profits of 9pts at SP, basically doubling his followers' money.
In fact, he always has an excellent record in chase events here with his overall record reading as 16 wins from 59 races (27.12% SR) for profits of 32.37pts profit at Betfair SP, a return of 54.86% 0f stakes when backed blindly. The bulk of those horses have been ridden by Robert Thornton, whose own record on these King chasers reads 14/44 (31.8% SR) for 34.14pts (+77.6% ROI).
The best results from the original 59 runners have come from backing the ones priced between 5/2 and 12/1 with 12 winners from 41 (29.3% SR) for profits of 42.33pts (+102.3% ROI), of which "Choccy" has ridden 10 winners from 32 (31.25% SR) for 38.1pts (+119%).
And so to today, Alan King has one chaser here at Exeter today and Robert Thornton will be taking the ride on the 10 yr old warrior Oh Crick.
Oh Crick isn't the force that he was in years gone by, but his jumping is still as good as it ever was and he's certainly well treated at the weights if he's in the right mood here.
Despite his advancing years, he very rarely falls and it's only a year ago that he was running off the lofty mark of 145 at Cheltenham and comes here to compete off 127 and if he can run to anything like he is capable, then has to be respected with a chance of at least making the frame.
It won't be easy today, but the 10/1 on offer from Coral was too good to ignore and if things fall his way, then my 0.5pt E/W bet on Oh Crick might just pay dividends.
As always, my advice is to see what the other bookies are offering and the easiest way to do this, is to...