Stat of the Day, 6th October 2012
It was another blank day of us yesterday, as Sally's Swansong was very disappointing. She never got involved at all and delivered a pretty tame effort if truth be told. Stable mate Ballarina wasn't much better, having faded badly late on, but at least had a run for the money.
And on to today, we're moving back onto the turf for a three and a half mile soft ground slog in West Sussex. Eleven runners are still set to go to post for a Class 5 Handicap Hurdle in the...
Trainer Martin Keighley has an excellent record in handicap hurdle races here at Fontwell with 3 winners and 2 places from 9 runs over the last couple of years, returning a level stakes profit of 11pts.
He runs just one handicap hurdler today: Always Bold.
Always Bold was a dual C&D winner on soft ground around this time last year and was only beaten half-a-length by Akbabend over 2m7f here last month, so he's already in decent nick. That race was evidently too short for him and the extra 4 fulronmgs today should suit him better.
This doesn't look to be a race with too much quality and the conditions do seem right for our mount today. he has won three times at today's distance, he has won three times (from just six) on soft ground, he has of course won twice at the track and been placed once: just from 5 attempts. And finally, his best runs have all come when Alain Cawley has been in the saddle, as he is again today.
Always Bold is very likely to be favourite today and I think he will fully justify that tag, but the 7/2 BOG still available at Betfred looks a decent price to me, so I'm in for a 1pt win , but as always I suggest that you...
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