Stat of the Day, 12th March 2013
Nothing to report from yesterday, as Rocky Bender was a non-runner. The race itself justified my thoughts that Qalinas was the danger, but that's about as involved as we got!
There is hopefully some racing taking place at Cheltenham today, I may have received the odd email or so alerting me to this, but SotD is going to attempt to fly under the radar a little bit by heading to the West Midlands for some All-Weather action. We're looking at a 13-runner, Class 5 Handicap and the trip is a shade under 6 furlongs for the...
Today's piece is going to be short and hopefully sweet. There's no reams of trainer stats, nor years of back data to wade through: today is all about one horse that seems to have "clicked" at the Dunstall Park track of late.
Hab Reeh, whose trainer Mrs Ruth Carr is pretty well-known to Geegeez readers, is today's selection. This horse has really enjoyed running here at Wolverhampton of late and today will be the 7th outing here in 2013 for this 5-year-old grey. His form here since the turn of the year makes for impressive reading at 162113. He has notched up three wins already this year and was very unlucky when finishing second in mid-January. His third place finish last time out off today's mark was by no means a poor show either. I don't think he was kept quite enough to the action that day, but managed another place finish.
His 50% strike rate here this year has generated decent profits of 3pts or 50% of stakes, whilst E/W backers have reaped the rewards too. Five E/W successes from six has given a slightly better rate of return ie 57.33% (6.88pts to be precise!)
It should be pointed out, however, that he has been ridden by apprentice/amateur jockeys during this recent run, yet today the more experienced Amy Ryan is on board. Without casting any aspersions towards the ability of Hab Reeh's previous jockeys, it is hoped that Amy's wealth of experience might just get a little more out of our selection today, as he looks to build on that creditable 3rd place off today's mark.
And that's pretty much that for today. He's in form, he likes the track and acts on it well and we're hoping the change of jockey might just squeeze a little more out of him.
There seems to be enough in the market for a safety-first approach and his placing record suggests this is the way forward too. So, the call is a 0.5pts E/W bet on Hab Reeh at 7/1 BOG with Stan James, but for your preferred bookie...