I have noticed how trainers move from being in good form to being in indifferent form. The spells don’t seem to last that long and it’s important to recognise when yards, stables and in particular trainers who seem to be approaching a good spell.
This week I have observed three trainers who appear to be either in form or nearing a good spell of form. Have a read and see if you agree. I know that I will be looking very closely at these trainers day in day out for the next couple of weeks at least. Who are they? Well here we go let’s loose the cat out of the bag.
Marco Botti has a quality yard and Crowned Eagle, formerly with John Gosden, won the Roseberry Handicap at Kempton on Saturday and he should continue to win more races after a three quarters of a length victory over Kelly’s Dino….he shouldn’t go up too much in the handicap. Crowned Eagle ran in the Derby last June so obviously has class bred into him. Marco has several other horses we should be interested in one being Lady Al Thumama who was previously with Charlie Fellows…looks to have a lenient handicap mark and should not be ignored and has an entry at Lingfield on Wednesday. Sweet Symphony looks as if she could strike sooner than later as she goes up in trip which should suit. Has entries at Lingfield and Kempton. Volevo Lui won well at Chelmsford recently and could have more to offer the horse having several entries in the coming days. Ignore Marco Botti and it could be costly… look carefully at this yards entries and runners.
Michael Herrington has also attracted my attention. Michael has a very small yard and this has not detracted from his good form in March where only two of his twelve runners failed to finish in the first four places in their respective races and three won giving a twenty five per cent strike rate. Newstead Abbey was one of those three winners but as the horse is rising in the handicap weight Michael has him entered in a Claimer on Wednesday at Lingfield where stablemate Mishaal could join him. Horses too highly handicapped are often put into claiming races hoping someone will buy or claim them for an advertised price….over high handicapped horses don’t win races but have to be kept until their handicap mark reduces to a winning level… that’s why they run in the claiming races. Michael may run Street Poet this coming week at Chelmsford but this horse has run sixteen times with no wins so far but has finished second in his last four races. He can run at Chelmsford this week off the same handicap mark and I am wondering if Michael might try him in blinkers or some form of headgear… consider this horse. It’s worth viewing this stable positively and give them consideration.
Oliver Sherwood is in good form and with only four weeks of the jump season remaining he will be trying to make hay before the end of season. Oliver has had a disappointing season with only nineteen winners which is lower than normal. Versifier would appear to hold strong claims if running this coming week. Other horses from this yard to consider near at hand are Rayvin Black and Got Away have entries at Wincanton and deserve close scrutiny.
Robinsson had been off twenty two months but showed he retained his ability when third at Fontwell on his reappearance. He has entries at Chepstow and Fontwell next week after being given plenty of time to recover. So watch Oliver’s horses and their entries.
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