Mar 09

Mal Boyle stats – Thursday 9th

Leading represented trainers at today’s two NH venues:


9/35–Donald McCain (+7) – 3 runners: Raise A Spark (2.00), Thomas Do (3.10) & Mazowski (4.20)

5/12–Malcolm Jefferson (+3) – 1 runner: Dama De Hierro (2.35)

4/22–Sue Smith (+9) – 2 runners: Dick Darsie (2.35) & Dartford Warbler (3.45)

Kanturk Bank is an interesting runner on the card at around the 12/1 mark in the 2.35 contest.  Trainer Stuart Coltherd secured a 59/1 double at the corresponding meeting last year and this is his only runner on the card twelve months on.  There will be worse 12/1 chances today I’ll wager.


20/39–Paul Nicholls (+11) – 1 runner: Dark Invader (5.10)

7/33–Nail Mulholland (+29) – 1 runner: Rainy Day Dylan (4.05)

A/W meetings:

NEWCASTLE (number of winners since February 1st): 

5 winners–David Barron (12/1, 9/2, 7/2, 4/1 & 9/4*) – 1 runner today: Twin Appeal (7.45)

4 winners–Richard Fahey (10/1, 9/2, 5/2* & 5/2*) – 2 runners in the 6.45 contest: Tatlisu & Luis Vaz De Torred

SOUTHWELL (number of winners since February 1st): 

5 winners–Michael Appleby – 7 runners: Major Tom (2.10), Brabsbound (2.45), Bounty Pursuit (3.20), Escalating (3.55), Stragar (4.30), Pick Of Any (5.05) & The Lock Master (5.35)

2 winners–Daniel Mark Loughnae (20/1 & 9/1) – 1 runner: Padleyourowncanoe (2.10)


Readers of my Twitter page were alerted towards this column today relating to next Friday’s renewal of the ‘Albert Bartlett’ for the following reason:

Races come and go at the Festival and trends emerge but one of the disappointing aspects of last year’s results were the Placepot dividends – until Friday that is.  Even then, the £1,680.90 dividend only resulted via two races which turned the apple-cart upside down.

The closing ‘Martin Pipe’ event is a typical handicap event that can produce results to inflate any dividend, though it was the ‘Albert Bartlett’ result that really changed the course of Placepot dividends on the week.

Just 6.3% of the units there were ‘live’ going into the race survived the contest.  The starting prices were as follows: 11/1 – 33/1 – 20/1.  That’s all it takes sometimes.

Speculative investors foolishly look for outsiders to finish in the frame in every race but that does not necessarily have to happy to produce a great return.

Be lucky but as always – be aware!


The following message will be on show until next week for ‘new’ readers to digest:


There are lots of stats being punted around these days but without boosting my own over-inflated ago further, it was yours truly that started revealing the facts that matter seventeen years ago when starting my daily column for the Sporting Life which ran for over 15 years,

Although I only offer three days of work for the ‘Life’ these days, I have long since been the only surviving freelance writer for them going back to the start of the Millenium.

Three years later I was the first person (and still am as far as I know) who had their stats published in a four page centre-fold in the Festival programme each day, nothwithstanding working for the Channel 4 Cheltenham Festival team the following year.

Websites come and go alongside their respective ‘experts’ but if you want to read the thoughts and stats of the person that has negotiated ‘ all the fences’ safely for the thick end of 20 years – you know where to come next week – my Twitter pages will have directions to all the details you really need, with all due respect to other columnists out there in the jungle.

Best of luck today and particularly – next week.