Stat of the Day, 4th April 2013
Banna Boirche was never really in the hunt yesterday, he ran too far from the head of affairs for my liking in a very competitive race. The handicapper will have been pleased, however, as only three lengths separated the first nine runners. Unfortunately for us, our mount was at the rear of that 9-runner pack.
There's apparently some racing in the Liverpool area today, but it's another spin on the polytrack today for a six furlong, Class 4 handicap where ten runners are set to contest the...
Whilst looking through the cards/stats this morning, I noticed that Martin Lane doesn't ride for Michael Blake very often, but when they pair up the results are generally very good.
In fact, they have only come together on seven occasions in the past with a record of 3148111, four wins from seven giving 33.5pts profit and five successful E/W bets for a return of 46.9pts. So, it was an eye-opener to see them matched up again this afternoon with Pick A Little.
Martin has ridden this horse for Michael once before, in a 16/1 win on the horses last appearance, just over 3 weeks ago. That was at Kempton over today's trip and he stayed on gamely that day. He is up 3lbs for that win, but looked like he still had more to give and as this is Martin Lane's only ride of the day, we can be sure he'll also be giving it all in a bid to pick up some extra wages!
As for Pick A Little himself, this may well be the 5 yr old's course debut, but he has already shown that he's no mug on the all-weather. Six wins (31.6%) from nineteen so far with him making 23.2pts for his followers have shown his preference for the surface (he's only 3/19 on turf!). At today's trip of 6f, his all-weather record improves to 4 wins from 11 (36.4%) with profits of some 22.2pts (+201.8% ROI) and whilst he won't have it all his own way today, any repeat of last time's performance will see him very close today.
As this is a tougher contest that his recent win and the increase in weight comes into consideration, there's plenty of scope in the market for an E/W bet. I've just taken 19.5 /4.8 on betfair, but 12/1 BOG is widely available this morning. so we'll take that as our official advice. For your preferred bookmaker, simply...