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
Place Strike Rate 42%
His time of year is definitely coming up as all his career wins have come between November & January and his optimum distance is races in excess of 2m 4f –
5 wins from 9 runs
Strike Rate 56%
Place Strike Rate 67%
That’s not to say he won’t win outside of those three months and indeed his best performance last season came in February. He is 9lb above his last winning mark but his career-best performance on RPR’s came on soft ground over 3m at Punchestown last February off a mark of 138 which is 2lb higher than he starts this season off.
He might need to come down a pound or two in the handicap before he wins again but he still needs respecting in staying handicap hurdles in the coming months.