Stat of the Day: 6th July 2012
Good Morning (just!), apologies for the lateness of SotD today. Atrocious weather in East Lancashire overnight resulted in a loss of power, which has only recently been restored and conditions here are more suited to the Boat Race than horse racing. Today's cards & weather do not make for an easy punting experience and I'd suggest you tread very carefully. If this rain persists, it could make life very difficult for racing at Haydock, Doncaster & Beverley: Warwick has already gone!
Our difficulties have been further compounded by the sudden withdrawal of today's selection whilst I was compilng this piece, so I've had to go back to the drawing board for a secondary option!
So, we're now going to tackle a 10-furlong, Class 3 Handicap on what is probably the dryest track being used today! Our race is the...
Trainer Sarah Humphrey isn't renowned for her flat racing prowess: just 13 runners in 5 years! And before March of this year, she'd never sent any horses (flat or jumps!) to Sandown Park. Her charge that day was a faller in the grand Military Gold Cup priced at 40/1. Since then she has had 2 entries on the flat here at Sandown: both contested by and indeed won by today's SotD selection: Chain of Events.
Chain of Events ran twice at Sandown in 2011 for previous trainer Neil King, resulting in two places (a 2nd and a 3rd). Since moving to Sarah Humphrey, he has woth both outings over Course & Distance, once on Soft ground and once on Good ground.
He obviously likes the course, will get the ground, even if it softens up a touch and is in good heart as he attempts to complete a hat-trick in a shade over 5 weeks. This race, however, looks tougher than his 2 previous outings and as such, I'm putting him forward as an E/W bet today, and I've taken some of the 14/1 BOG widely available this morning, but you can (and really should!)...
Click here for the latest odds for the 4.35 Sandown .