Stat of the Day, 9th March 2013

Stat of the Day: 08/03/13

Stat of the Day: 09/03/13

Stat of the Day, 9th March 2013

A change of chair and a change of tack today, after Refusal's bomb out yesterday. We'll head to Sandown for the trickiest race of the day, the Imperial Cup, which is the...

3.15 Sandown

This is a long established race, and a hard one to win, so the trends might be quite insightful. As it happens, I think they are, because the favourite, Mr Mole, has a couple of significant historical barriers to overcome.

The key stats are as follows:

13 of the last 16 winners finished in the top 3 or pulled up last time

14 of the last 16 winners were priced 14/1 or shorter

15 of the last 16 winners were aged 4 to 7 years

14 of the last 16 winners carried 11-01 or less

13 of the last 16 winners were officially rated 130 or less

7 of the last 16 winners were favourite or joint favourite

Of those seven winning favourites, six had either 11-01 or less to lug, or was rated below 130. The only horse to carry more and be rated higher was Blowing Wind, which went on to win the County Hurdle less than a week later.

It's possible that Mr Mole could be a future County Hurdle winner, but very unlikely. As such, he makes the market for anything else we might like here.

In today's race, a horse rated 130 will carry exactly 11-01, so that's an obvious ceiling for a selection here. Looking at those runners in the top part of the market, aged four to seven, and which placed last time (or pulled up) gives us a shortlist of Pine Creek, Tominator, and Whitby Jack.

For those who like to dutch, they'd be my three against the field.

However, looking at the trainer stats, Jonjo O'Neill - who trains Tominator - has had just one placed horse from eight tries at this race and that doesn't imply he knows what it takes to get the job done here. Tominator has also been a terrible jumper in his three runs to date and that may take its toll this afternoon.

Pine Creek is John Ferguson's first runner in the race, and he comes here off two narrow successes. Narrow successes make life difficult for the handicapper to assess the form, and he may well be ahead of his mark. Both his hurdling wins have been on soft ground so no worries on that score either.

Although he's currently a longer price than most winners, Whitby Jack is trained by Gary Moore, a man who may not have won this race, but has had five of his sixteen entries placed, including 2nd in 2011 and 3rd last year.

On balance, though, as I can only nominate one horse, I'm going with Pine Creek, each way, at 9/1 BetVictor.

Do make sure you...

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6 thoughts on “Stat of the Day, 9th March 2013

  1. Bill

    Looking at Barizan. Plummeting down the handicap. Previously rated 140+. Winner LTO. Entered up at Cheltenham. If it recaptures it’s best form could run well at a rewarding price.

    1. Matt Bisogno Post author

      I did have a second look at him, Bill. Heavy ground win last time, but it’s very hard to win this race from the front (if they adopt those tactics, which is when he’s run his best races). He’ll give you a run for your money all right, though, and the price is tempting.


  2. Steve


    Another in here based on stats and trends too!! Kazlian 9/1 both this and Pine Creek will hopefully offer more value that Mr Mole considering Pipe knows Mr Mole’s capabilities against Home Run

  3. Bob Smith (@RobertS00994664)

    Well done Matt – thanks to Bet 365 I got paid out on 5th place. Bill, David & Steve also offered good picks.
    Thanks for the Harry Fry prompt Matt – 18/1 on Chemisty Master. Had a good mentor in P.N.
    Great Service Geegeez

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