Trainers and Jockeys report 13/11/2018
A long list of winners and places for those mentioned last week including Listed class winner Donjuan Triumphant (2/1) so let’s all hope for more of the same in the next seven days or so. We do note the percentages are lower than is usually the case even for those at the top of the lists but these are the “crossover” months as some yards shut down for the winter while others are yet to get going, so nothing unexpected. Winners from off the list below do seem sure to crop up from among their other entries though we will leave that to our horse racing tipsters instead.
Philip Hobbs – 30% winners 43% placed runners
The quiet but popular trainer is certainly making hay while the sun shines. Long list of entries over the days ahead and the likelihood of plenty of winners in the next seven days as the National Hunt season clicks in to gear. Picking one hasn’t been easy but Katie Connell is expected to be happier stepped up in trip ahead of the 3.10pm at Taunton on Thursday afternoon and if that is the case she could well place at a price for the first time this season.
Fergal O’Brien – 25% winners 40% placed runners
Plenty of runners for the O’Brien yard in the next few days at all levels with Coolanly one of his better hurdlers engaged in the Hyde Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday. The six-year-old did fall at the fourth last time out at Chepstow when going well enough to suggest a challenge and with Paddy Brennan expected in the saddle again, a big run is eagerly anticipated.
John Ryan – 24% winners 47% placed runners
First time on our list for the Newmarket handler who has been doing well both on the flat and hurdles recently suggesting that he is equally at home under either code. Most of his runners will still start at a decent price and a little each way on Needs To Be Seen on Saturday afternoon in what looks sure to be a fiercely competitive Triumph Hurdle Trial could yield some return. A very easy winner at Musselburgh last time out he will need to go on from that but should go well at a decent price.
Harry Fry – 24% winners 47% placed runners
Another stable with a long list of possibles but hopefully they will unleash Samarquand for his first run over hurdles after winning his only bumper at Wincanton when all out over two miles. The added three furlongs in the 1.30pm at Taunton on Thursday looks spot on now and as he is sure to have been well schooled at home, a winning debut over obstacles is very much on the cards.
Jeremiah McGrath – 36% winners 50% placed rides
Welcome to the list for Jeremiah who has a decent placed rate (one in two) and can hopefully continue that statistic with the big priced Sparkling River who runs in the 1.50pm at Bangor on Wednesday afternoon. She hasn’t been seen yet this season but does look sorely tempting off a low weight here and should give a decent run for the places at the very least.
James Doyle – 33% winners 57% placed rides
A favourite of ours and finally getting all the plaudits his jockeyship deserves. The better he gets the more rides he is on with serious chances, and although currently booked to ride two different horses in the same race at Lingfield on Saturday, Addeybb looks the likeliest winner of the two for William Haggas and can hopefully add to James’ stats by the end of the weekend.
Barry Geraghty – 29% winners 47% placed rides
Top jockey riding for a top owner in J P McManus the majority of the time and with a decent list of top-class horses to choose from in plenty of the big races too. He travels over to Exeter to ride Evidence De Thaix among others on Wednesday afternoon and the dual French bumper winner seems sure to have cost a pretty penny when moved from Guy Cherel to Philip Hobbs over the summer.
Danny Tudhope – 28% winners 44% placed rides
Yet another newcomer to our list, Danny is perhaps best known for his partnership with David O’Meara, though he also rides plenty of winners for other stables. At the time of writing he has an intriguing mount on Sir Michael Stoute’s unraced Oasis Dream colt Madeeh in the 8.15pm at Wolverhampton on Friday night and although no good thing, he seems sure to give him a decent ride and a place could yet come their way.
Summary (in chronological order, all times subject to change):
Sparkling River – 1.50pm Bangor Wednesday
Evidence De Thaix – 4.15pm Exeter Wednesday
Samarquand – 1.30pm Taunton Thursday
Katie Connell – 3.10pm Taunton Thursday
Coolanly – 3.35pm Cheltenham Friday
Madeeh – 8.15pm Wolverhampton Friday
Needs To Be Seen – 12.40pm Cheltenham Saturday
Addeybb – 2.45pm Lingfield Saturday
Fancy a more up to date list of runners and selections – have a look at our race card page here.