Stat of the Day, 30th November 2012
A frustrating day yesterday, as I quite fancied both of Phil Middleton's runners, but plumped for the wrong one for SotD! Our selection Gougane went well until he made a bit of a mess of the penultimate hurdle. His race was pretty much over and he went backwards from there, eventually finishing 5th, just over a length away from securing us a place return.
On the other hand Phil's other runner Sail And Return won quite impressively at 12/1 and I know many of you got on at 14's, but I can't, unfortunately count that for SotD purposes. A shame really, as that would have ensured a profitable month, despite the struggles we've had recently!
We're off to South Yorkshire today for some soft ground action as we take on a 2m 3f Novices Chase. Just six runners are set to go to post for the...
Trainer James Ewart seems to get the best results out of his chasers by sending them to compete on Town Moor. Today's meeting was held on the 25th November last year and both of James' chasers won that day. In fact his record from that meeting to today for chase events at Doncaster reads 111213116: six wins and two places from nine is a fantastic effort.
Those who have followed James' nine chasers and backed them are now 28pts better off: a magnificent 311% profit on their stakes. James has two runners at the track today, but Ueueteotl runs in a hurdle contest at 12.20, so his only chaser on display today is Let's Get Serious.
Let's Get Serious won two of only four races for Nicky Henderson. He won a bumper on debut and was then first and second in a couple of novice hurdles last season. He has gone well over good to soft and soft ground, so shouldn't be too inconvenienced by the cut in the ground and the trip should also be fine as he's has won over a trip just a furlong longer than today.
The fact that he's making his chasing bow, coupled with the fact there's likely to be a warm favourite (Rick is currently 8/11) means there's a reasonable price on offer today. At 10.40am, the best price on offer was 11/2 BOG with Stan James, so I'm taking some of that.
Therefore, my play today is a straight 1pt win bet on Let's Get Serious at 11/2 with Stan James, but please feel free to...