Stat of the Day, 21st January 2013
Apologies all round for the late arrival of SotD today: unforeseen circumstances etc etc.
And it's Hobson's Choice on what looks like a day for favourite backers at Dunstall Park. Our race is a seven runner Class 5 handicap over 1m 6f aka the...
Trainer David Barron hasn't sent many runners of late, but the three he has run so far this year have all appeared here at Wolverhampton, resulting in two winners and a third place finish, so the yard is in decent nick, albeit off a small sample size.
In fact David's runners are 3 wins and a place from 6 runs here in the last three months with one of those wins coming over Course & Distance from today's selection Sohcahtoa.
Sohcahtoa reappeared here on 4th January after a 3 month break and looked as fresh and as good as ever when landing the C&D victory. Hie is unexposed on this surface, that being his only race at this track in his career to date. There should be some decent early pace in this contest today and that should suit him.
He looked full of running towards the end of that last outing and despite a 3lb rise in the weights, a repeat of that effort should be enough to see him home again today, as he did seem to have quite a bit left in reserve. Luke McNiff (5lb claimer) judged the ride perfectly that day and he's back on board again today.
At the moment (1210) he's the 3/1 jt favourite, but don't let that put you off. I actually marked him up at 11/4 and I think he'll probably go off even shorter than that, so there's still some value in taking the 3/1 as I'll be doing. It'll be BOG, of course and I'm using bet365 today, but other are matching this price at present, so why not...