Stat of the Day, 29th August 2012
Another frustrating day yesterday for SotD: firstly Monday's stat re: Scott Dixon at Epsom bore fruit a day late as Sacrosanctus won at 8/1 and then yesterday's advice was around the Kevin & Amy Ryan combination who duly had a 9/4 winner immediately after Shifting Gold had run terribly. We know that we're close to getting it spot on, but close isn't enough for us at SotD, we're a greedy bunch and we want winners.
I am, however, confident of a return to the winners' enclosure today, as we tackle a Class 3 Handicap Chase over 2 miles and 7 furlongs on Good ground that is already softer in parts and may well become even softer if this rain continues. Only 6 run today in this one, so we're looking for an outright winner in the...
This seems like an interesting and tightly competitive contest to open the Worcester card, but I'll nail my colours straight to the mast and immediately nominate Allerford Jack as our selection.
This horse was a fairly average hurdler, before changing yards and being sent chasing back in April. Since then he hasn't looked back (well, only to see how far his rivals were behind him!). He has contested 5 chases since mid-April with figures of 31111, including 2 wins here at Worcester: one of which was over today's trip. So we, know he gets the track and the distance.
He is now trained by Richard Woollacott, whose fledgling training career has got off to a great start, particularly with his chasers: 7 wins and a place from just 12 attempts, which is quite remarkable.
There's little more to add here really, other than to say that talented claimer Micheal Nolan is on board once again today and his 7lbs claim will be good to offset the penalty being carried by Allerford Jack. I fully expect our selection to win today and the 3/1 BOG currently on offer from Boyle Sports looks very attractive, but you can always...
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