Stat of the Day: 5th July 2012
A frustrating first day back in the SotD hot seat for me yesterday! My initial selection fell foul of the great British weather, so I went with split stakes on two runners from the Fanshawe/Fallon partnership. Both drifted from my advised price and both were well beaten. There's little to add to that, as we move on to today's quest for a winner. Our search takes us off to the North West of England today to tackle a Class 5 Maiden Fillies Stakes for 2 yr olds.
The going is set to be Good to Soft, which itself is testimony to the excellent work done by the grounds staff (we've had a deluge up here in the last few weeks!) and 12 runners are set to do battle in the...
Trainer John Holt isn't exactly a household name, nor does he have the biggest string of horses: just 63 runners in the last 12 months! These 63 runners only produced 6 winners and 12 placed horses, so why are we looking at him for SotD?
His record at Haydock is out of kilter with his general profile: his career stats here are 4 wins and 4 places from just 11 entries and his record in the last couple of years is 3 wins and 3 places from just 7 races: excellent stuff if we can find an E/W opportunity!
And in true SotD style: Mr Holt has just one runner put today and it's at Haydock in the shape of Emperatriz. This horse is from a lightly raced dam and Holy Roman Emperor, who was no slouch himself, so the breeding looks good. She ran well on debut, finishing 2 lengths behind Boomshackerlacker at Newmarket on soft ground. She was a 66/1 shot that day and I expect her to come on for that run.
John Holt has only ever sent one 2 yr old to Haydock and that was a winner too, so here's hoping he can double up with Emperatriz. As I started to write this piece, our selection was a good 8/1 E/W prospect, but the withdrawal of 3 runners, including the favourite leaves us with a 9 runner race and best odds of 5/1 (bet365), I still think there's some value in that price as a win bet, so that's where my money's going today, but you can always...
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