Stat of the Day: 7th July 2012
Yesterday's selection Chain of Events ran really well for a mile and led the pack at a decent pace, but faded away quite badly late on and could only troop home back in 8th place, some 9 lengths or so away from the winner. We did, however, manage to beat the book again, as out recommended 14/1 shot was sent out at a little over half those odds at 15/2.
With the continuing uncertainty surrounding UK racing (inspections due at Beverley & Haydock with Carlisle, Leicester & Nottingham already abandoned!), we're off across the water to County Meath today for a 2 mile 4 furlong Handicap Hurdle for 4yr olds and over. The ground is set to be heavy for the 12 runners contesting the...
Trainer Tony Martin has only sent 7 NH runners to Bellewstown in the past couple of years and all of them have made the first three home, with four of them going on to actually win. Meanwhile, jockey Ruby Walsh's record at the track is almost as good and he's by far the most successful jockey at this track in recent years.
It will now come as no surprise that today's SotD horse is trained by Tony Martin and ridden by Ruby Walsh! Tony has 3 horses running today, whilst Ruby is down for 3 rides, but they only team up for the one race, where Ruby will ride our selection Redera.
Redera has a course victory under his belt and whilst not at the top of his game last time out hurdling at Aintree in April, has had a run on the flat to freshen him up. I'm not entirely convinced that he'll win today, but the trainer and jockey stats suggest a placed finish would be attainable. And if the horse runs to anything like the form he achieved in 2011 (3 hurdles wins inside 3 weeks under Ruby Walsh!), then that should be enough.
Redera is currently best priced at 11/1 (BOG, of course) with Paddy Power, so I'm taking 0.5pts E/W of that, but you can always...
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