Friday, October 31, 2003

attheraces: "The profitability of backing riders unable to claim in apprentice-only races is a new phenomenon this year.

Certainly, a glance at the overall level stakes profits provided by the likes of Sam Hitchcott (170 points), Robert Miles (100 points), Lisa Jones (80 points) and Nicky Mackay (50 points) is a reminder of the advantages to be had by employing a claiming jockey who is riding as well as many fully-fledged pilots

Claiming jockeys who ride for yards that have lots of runners, but a low strike-rate, often seem to represent very good value during the latter stages of their claim."

Trainer Form

Yorkshire-based Ian McInnes provides an excellent current example of why winners alone are not the sole guide to a stable’s wellbeing. The yard hasn’t yet had a winner in October from seven runners…but there have been plenty of near misses. Shamwari Fire has been second of 15 at 20-1 and also fourth of 17 at 16-1; Rock Concert was third of 15 at 16-1 and third of 17 at 12-1; and H Harrison was third of 14 at 20-1. None of them were beaten far, and given that the yard also H Harrison won three times in September, it’s well worth keeping looking out for any runners in the next few weeks.

Similar comments apply to Neville Bycroft, who has had five horses placed from just 11 runners in the last three weeks at odds ranging from 12-1 to 33-1, with none of the placed horses beaten very far

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