Stat of the Day, 31st July 2015
Hats off to Andrew Mullen for the way he rode Fantasy Gladiator at Nottingham on Thursday afternoon. He blew the start lost plenty of ground and then once he'd played catch up had to be restrained quite vigorously for a while.
They then went three wide around the final turn and Andrew has to drive him on form a fair way out, but thy gradually passed all in front of them, getting up late on to win by half a length with possibly something to spare.
It was certainly an interesting race that we never really looked like winning until the closing stages, but a 3/1 winner at advised odds gets the week back on track and now I'll look to close July out with one more winner via Friday's...
A Class 4, 5 furlong fillies' nursery handicap for seven runners on good to soft ground and a 3/1 BOG bet on Lydia's Place.
Some days I have quite a few potential qualifiers for SotD and I find it hard to choose between them. Often the potential candidates have piles and piles of stats for me to throw at you to qualify the selection. Today, unfortunately, isn't one of those days!
What I do have is a horse is form with low miles on the clock, but with race conditions set to suit her based on past runs and although the sample sizes are very small, they're no less relevant in context of the race.
So, basically I've not much to tell you, but it's worth noting (IMO).
All four career runs have been over today's trip, finishing 8111.
She's 3 from 3 in Yorkshire.
She's 3 from 3 under jockey Rob Hornby.
She's 3 from 3 on a straight track.
She's 1 from 1 in handicaps and also 1/1 at this Class 4 level.
She did, however, win at Class 3 last time out, so despite a 3lb rise for her latest win, this is an easier race for her (on paper, at least) and with her trainer already having 4 winners from the 17 (23.5% SR) flat handicappers dropped in price this year (12.5pts profit at an ROI of 73.7%), the signs look promising.
And that's about it, short and sweet as intimated above!
I've taken my 3/1 BOG with Totesport, but as of 10.45pm on Thursday, at least six other firms were offering the same deal, so...
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