There are four meetings to get stuck into on Sunday afternoon. Goodwood and Newton Abbot in the UK and the Curragh and Limerick both boasting excellent cards in Ireland. We have looked over all four cards and found a stats pick at each meeting. Get involved with VirginBet for tomorrow’s stat runners on the banner below.
3.25 Goodwood – Mubaalegh
Trainer Marcus Tregoning is having a remarkable 2020 at Goodwood. He’s had five winners from eleven runners, a strike rate of 45% and sends just this horse on the trip along the coast from Whitsbury on Sunday. To add to that, when teaming up with Jim Crowley at Goodwood as he does here, they have a 36% strike rate. Mubaalegh produced a career-best RPR this time last year on the softest ground he’s encountered so if a first-time visor has the desired effect, he’s a solid each way player.
5.20 Newton Abbot – Ewood Park
Olly Murphy has found Newton Abbot a happy hunting ground so far in his career. 9/22 which is a 41% strike rate for a level stakes profit of £23.06. Ewood Park’s dam is a half-sister to a multiple Grade 1 winner over fences so as with most of these, his future will be very different to bumpers but he still needs plenty of respect given the yard he represents.
2.40 Curragh – High Heels
Aidan O’Brien has trained the winner of this race seven times in the last decade, including five of the last six renewals. He has two representatives this year with High Heels looking the more likely of the pair but La Joconde should also get a mention. The former was runner-up in a soft ground maiden to Shale who has won in Group 1 company since which is clearly solid form and leaves her no questions to answer over this ground.
4.00 Limerick – The West’s Awake
Paul Townend over fences at Limerick is an interesting angle. He only rode three times over fences there last season, winning on two of them. In the last five years, he has notched up a record of 12/32 which is a 38% strike rate. That’s his third best in Ireland behind Cork (50% but only 12 rides) and Clonmel (39% – 7/18.) Fourth in both the Galway Plate and the Kerry National, The West’s Awake will be looking to continue his solid run of form in marquee handicaps already this season.