Micro Angles

  • Apr- 2019 -
    8 April

    Tiger Rolls into History

    Tiger Roll became a Grand National legend on Saturday. As he became the first horse since Red Rum to win the race two years on the trot. Like Red Rum, Tiger Roll is bred to be a flat horse, and he’s not exactly built to jump a fence either. But like “Rummy”, he’s just a freak of horse. Travelling powerfully…

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  • Mar- 2019 -
    26 March

    Sean Bowen: A Future Champion Jockey?

    I am big fan of Sean Bowen, the son of trainer Peter Bowen, and brother of James. Indeed, I have praised his riding a few times this jumps season. Well there is no doubt he’s riding at the very top of his game now. At Kelso on Saturday, Sean’s talents were once again showcased. Bowen won the first two races…

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  • May- 2018 -
    14 May

    Who To Watch – Week Beginning 14th May

    An exciting week upcoming in the racing world with York’s Dante Festival getting underway on Wednesday for three days of high class action, with more classic contenders bidding to enhance their Oaks and Derby credentials in the Musidora (Wednesday) and the Dante (Thursday) respectively. Plus Saturday features one of my favourite cards of the season at Newbury, highlighted by the…

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  • Jan- 2018 -
    20 January

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Pointers

    Weather permitting Ascot and Haydock take centre stage this weekend with the feature race on the Ascot card being the 2m 1f Grade 1 Clarence House Stakes for which the Willie Mullins Un De Sceaux is set to go off the hot favourite if he runs. Meanwhile,  at Haydock, we have the valuable Peter Marsh Handicap Chase as the highlight…

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  • 13 January

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Trainer Track Stats

    Moving forward, this weekend sees some decent looking racing, weather permitting, with the 32Red Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton over 2m 5f and the Grade 3 Betfred Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick, over a stamina-sapping 3m 5f, which is the best race run at that venue over the season. Here are some notable trainer stats from both those two races…

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  • 6 January

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Stats and Trends Preview

    Hi all, Saturday Trainer Track Stats and Trends: Here are some of the keys stats for the races on Chepstow’s Coral’s Welsh Grand National card. I have also had a quick look at the last two aces on the Sandown card, including the Veterans Chase. Fingers crossed that the rain stays away and all three jumps meetings are on. Chepstow…

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  • Dec- 2017 -
    23 December

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Big Race Trends

    Let’s begin by having a look at some of the key trends and stats for Saturday’s big race at Ascot. Ascot – 3:35 – Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1) – 1m 7 ½ f Last years race was won by Nicky Henderson trained Brain Power who was sent off at odds of 12/1 and he’s got the…

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  • 21 December

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Trainer Track Stats

    We know that trainers are ‘creatures of habit’ and they don’t just target certain tracks but they also target certain meetings and race types at a particular track. Here are some of the more notable or in some cases the most interesting stats. All the stats below are from 2014 to date – They are mostly cover handicap races but…

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  • 20 December

    Micro-Angles – What’s happened to Venetia Chasers?

    Hi all, I like to think this weekly preview is the one-stop shop for all your weekend horse racing stats and trends needs.   This week I want to examine the form of the Venetia Williams stable. I am sure, like me, plenty of you have some systems based on Venetia Williams chasers in November & December or her runners on…

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  • 16 December

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Big Race Previews

    I will start by identifying some trainer track stats to note for the weekend’s action, before looking at some of the key trends for two of the big handicaps at Cheltenham on Saturday. Cheltenham 1:55 – Caspian Caviar Gold Cup – 2m 5f Let’s begin by having a look at some of the key trends and stats for Saturday’s Caspian…

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  • 14 December

    Micro-Angles – Trainers – Handicaps

    Hi all, This weekend we have the two day Cheltenham’s International Meeting which starts on Friday and features the latest running of the Caspian Caviar Gold on Saturday. Once again I have plenty to get through and, I like last week, I will start by identifying some trainer track stats to note for the weekend’s action, before looking at some…

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  • 13 December

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Trainer Track Stats

    Cheltenham International Meeting I will begin with some trainer stats from Cheltenham’s International Meeting. The figures for the meeting are from 2012 to 2016 and consist of 70 winners from 618 runners 174 placed. Below are the top five trainers in terms of the number of winners, two notable trainers with negative records at this festival and three interesting trainers…

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  • 7 December

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Big Race Trends And Previews

    Here are some of the key trends for the two big Aintree handicaps over the National fences. Aintree – Saturday 2nd December Let’s have a look at some of the key trends and stats for the two big handicaps chases at Aintree. Becher Handicap Chase – 3m 2f Last years race was won by the David Pipe-trained Vieux Lion Rouge…

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  • 6 December

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Trainer Track Stats

    Hi all, After the Ladbrokes Newbury Winter Carnival, the horse racing action continues apace this weekend with the Tingle Creek Day at Sandown and not one, but two races over Aintree’s National fences on Saturday with the Becher Chase and Grand Sefton Chase the highlight of that card. Plenty to get through this week and there is plenty for you stats…

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  • 2 December

    Micro-Angles – Weekend Big Race Preview & Newbury Stats

    Newbury – Ladbrokes Trophy Chase – 3m 2f Saturday’s biggest race and arguably the second best handicap chase of the season behind the Grand National is the race formerly known as the Hennessey Gold Cup. Last years renewal was won by the Colin Tizzard trained Native River who was sent off at odds of 7/2. Four of the last five…

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  • Nov- 2017 -
    30 November

    Micro-Angles – Profile Horse & Jockeys and Trainers To Note

    This week’s horse in profile is the Venetia Williams trained chaser Otago Trail. The 9-year-old has yet to make his seasonal reappearance but did win on his first start of last season when beating Bristol De Mai to land the 3m Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle 12 months ago before ending his season in February when winning 3m handicap chase at…

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  • 29 November

    Micro-Angles – Trainers to Note in December

    Hi all, Friday see’s the start of two tremendous day horse racing at Newbury which culminates in the first running of the Ladbrokes Trophy Handicap Chase which is effectively the old Hennessey Gold Cup but with a new sponsor. Plenty to get through this week and lots for stats fans to digest, so let’s crack on. So what can you expect…

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  • 25 November

    Saturday Preview – Big Race Trends

    It’s Betfair Chase Day at Haydock on Saturday but that’s not the big race I will be focusing in on. Instead, I am looking at one of the handicaps that make up an excellent supporting card. Haydock 2:25 – Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1) – 2m 7f This used to be known as the Fixed Brush hurdle…

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  • 23 November

    Micro-Angles – Profile Horse

    This week’s horse in profile is the Jessica Harrington trained, staying handicap hurdler, Oscar Sam. The 8-year-old wins his fair share of races with a career record of – 5 wins from 24 runs Strike Rate 21% SP Profit +0.38 10 placed Place Strike Rate 42% His time of year is definitely coming up as all his career wins have come…

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  • 22 November

    Micro-Angle – Trainers to Note in the Next 7 Days

    Hi all, Last weekend saw the first big handicap races of the winter jump season with the BetVictor Gold Cup, I can remember when the race was called the ‘Mackeson’ Gold Cup, and the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. Between now and Christmas there seems to be a big handicap every Saturday. Over the past two weeks, I gave you a couple…

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