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Fire Brigade @ 11/4 BOG
Here we have an in-form horse with some relevant positive race stats representing a yard also in good touch who do well at this track.
OK, let's go!
We've a 3 yr old gelding with three wins in his last six outings, including a win over this 1m trip last time out, on soft ground 27 days ago. He has won 4 of his 13 starts to date, which is a decent return for mid-grade horses, but the following suggest this is his kind of race, as his record includes...
- 3 wins and a place from 6 over the 1m trip
- 4 wins and a place when sent off at 4/1 and shorter
- 3 wins from 5 after a break of 2 to 4 weeks
- a win and a place from 2 runs on good to soft ground
- he won his only previous race in this grade
- he won his only previous race under Silvestre de Sousa
- and he made the frame on his only other visit to this track, which was at a higher grade than today
And the trainer?
Michael Bell has saddled up 5 winners from 21 runners over the last fortnight, so things are going pretty well there, whilst since 2008 his record here at Ascot stands at 20 from 174 (11.5% SR) for profits of 60pts at an ROI of 34.5% : these are decent numbers, of course, but in the context of this particular challenge...
- his male runners are 16/137 (11.7%) for 63.7pts (+46.5%)
- in non-handicaps : 8/66 (12.1%) for 56.7pts (+85.9%)
- over the last four seasons : 8/51 (15.7%) for 70.2pts (+137.7%)
- LTO winners are 10/48 (20.8%) for 22.9pts (+47.7%)
- and those coming off a break of 21-30 days are 9/46 (19.6%) for 26.4pts (+57.5%)
...giving us... a 1pt win bet on Fire Brigade @ 11/4 BOG, which was available from over half a dozen firms at 5.55pm on Thursday, so the choice is yours! For what it's worth, I'm on with Bet365. To see what your preferred bookie is offering, simply...
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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!