It is widely perceived that stall 1, hard up against the stands’ rail, is a good draw in 6f handicaps at Windsor but this is not backed up by results. Since the start of the 2012 season, the inside berth has provided just one winner from 83 runners (1,2% strike-rate) and that was a 7-4 shot in a field of just five runners.
As a big fan of sprinters, I’ve always preferred the Epsom “Dash” to the Derby and, though we don’t yet know the draw for the former event, I’m going to have a dabble in the antepost market with the Paul Midgley-trained MONSIEUR JOE. I’ve just written the following piece for Racing & Football Outlook (out tomorrow) about the form of his trainer…
Andrew Mount 10:12am, Sun 29 May 2016
There’s a very interesting three-year-old only Group 3 sprint at Naas this afternoon – the Bar One Racing Lacken Stakes (4.15) – featuring the Aidan O’Brien-trained Washington DC (stall 5 of 7), who bounced back from a short-priced defeat at Ascot to score in Listed company at Navan last time. That looked a weak contest, as none of his rivals had won a race previously this year and I wonder how strong the Irish three-year-old sprinters are.
There are only seven runners in the 6f Betway Fillies’ Handicap at Chewster today (2.15) but it should still help to be drawn low. Since the start of the 2010 season, Chester has hosted 23 handicaps over this trip to feature nine or fewer runners and those drawn in stalls 7 or higher have a combined record of 0-32.
Trainer Mark Usher is in excellent form at present with his recent runners recording the following finishing positions…
GG.CO.UK 7:30pm, Fri 27 May 2016
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