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24/11/20 – 26/11/20

A review of four of our recent Sectional Racecards.

24/11/20 – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Nursery, Wolverhampton 17:00

1st Tilaawah, 2nd Highest Ambition, 3rd Night Narcissus

Marco Botti’s Highest Ambition went off 10/11 favourite in this nursery, having been introduced into handicaps off a mark of 75 and off the back of a short head second in his last novice start. While the argument for progression on handicap debut was obvious, his best Sectional Rating wasn’t enough to enter our top 10 performances for this race and he was there to take on at the price.

Tilaawah’s profile was less sexy, being nudged up 2lb having won a Yarmouth nursery last time. But that run, and a previous run on the all weather over course and distance, put him clear on our Sectional Racecard once racing weight had been accounted for. While the final result was close, the value was in the prices regardless.

24/11/20 – Betway Handicap, Wolverhampton 18:00

1st Lord Riddiford, 2nd Top Breeze, 3rd Pop Dancer

Top Breeze and Pop Dancer were just outside of the top 10 Sectional Ratings in what was a tight race on the figures; tight, apart from a couple of horses at the top who had achieved Ratings in the 100’s.

Ornate has a tendency to produce a high Rating each year on the turf when running at a quick track favouring early pace, which he did again when running behind Battaash at Goodwood. Lord Riddiford was allowed to go off at 12/1 here and possessed by far the best Sectional Rating on the all weather. He is building up quite a nice record on the surface and I can only think he was so overpriced because his best runs had all come at Chelmsford. However, he’d only ever ran twice on the all weather away from that venue and he should be a horse to keep on side through the winter.

25/11/20 – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Nursery, Kempton 17:30

1st Fools Rush In, 2nd Toussarok

Fools Rush In and Toussarok were 5/1 and 13/2 respectively in this seven runner field and so at the prices and on the Sectional Ratings they were the two to be interested in. Having been BHA rated 87 in August, Fools Rush In was down to a mark of 77 here and being bottom weight in this field was a tempting proposition for a bet at 5/1.

26/11/20 – CCR Handicap, Chelmsford 18:00

1st Ghalyoon, 2nd Mohareb

Another seven runner field, this time much tighter on the Sectional Ratings, headed by Ghalyoon at 9/4. A lightly raced 5 year old from the Marcus Tregoning yard is always going to go off short in the betting, but on this occasion it was probably justified. Ghalyoon’s recent form had been in races that were slowly run and he had been waiting for an even tempo to show his true worth. Sectional Upgrades of a maximum of 20+ over 6 and a half furlongs at Doncaster and 13 in a strong all weather race at Lingfield marked him out as a horse who had more to give. He won here pretty comfortably from the rear.


19/11/20 – 22/11/20

A review of one race a day where our Sectional Ratings would have been helpful in analysing a race.

19/11/20 – Free Streaming Every UK Race Handicap, Chelmsford 17:30

1st Aberama Gold, 2nd Nigel Nott, 3rd Merhoob

The recent form on the table came to fruition here, as top rated Aberama Gold scored from Nigel Nott, who posted a credible 89 at the course only 12 days prior. Aberama Gold had disappointed a little this season before winning at Doncaster, but she’s clearly in good form at the moment, as she was last Autumn as well.

20/11/20 – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Nursery Handicap, Newcastle 17:15

1st Annandale, 2nd Stanley Baldwin, 3rd Military Man

Victim’s win at Redcar on soft to heavy ground was a performance a few lbs clear of the field here, but being by Fast Company he obviously enjoyed the ground that day and had since come 21 lengths last at Doncaster, going off in this race an unfancied 25/1 for Richard Fahey.

The winner, Annandale was joint second rated here alongside favourite Albert Camus. Whilst Albert Camus run at Sandown from a slow pace can be improved on, Annandale was four times the price on the day and had Richard Kingscote booked for his only ride at Newcastle. A really good ride from the front secured the victory.

21/11/20 – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Selling Stakes, Lingfield 12:05

1st Cliffcake, 2nd Rishworthian, 3rd Cuban Fox

The Sectional Ratings indicated this was a two horse race, and once adjusted for the racing weight in this selling contest it was neck and neck between Cliffcake and Rishworthian. The respective prices of 9/4 and 13/8, as well as Cliffcake being less exposed and back on the all weather, could well have pushed you to back him on the day. He duly obliged in the last few strides to win by a head.

22/11/20 – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Nursery Handicap, Wolverhampton 13:40

1st One Last Dance, 2nd Tease And Seize, 3rd Hiroshi

Our Sectional Ratings reduced this 12 runner nursery down to a shortlist of four – Hiroshi, Tease And Seize, One Last Dance and Ladywood. They ended up filling the first four positions.

Hiroshi and Ladywood had achieved their Ratings from four runs apiece, whereas Tease and Seize and One Last Dance were much less exposed having just run the twice and were both making their handicap debuts. Comparing the two, One Last Dance is a better bred horse, being a Camelot filly out of a former Godolphin mare who has already produced a middle distance handicap winner in Britain. One Last Dance was strong in the market on the day, going off at 7/2 and ended up scoring by nearly six lengths.


09/11/20 – 14/11/20

A review of one race a day where our Sectional Ratings would have been helpful in analysing a race.

09/11/20 – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Novice Auction Stakes, Southwell 17:05

1st Charlie Fellowes, 2nd Professor Galant

Our Sectional Racecards are adjusted for weight carried, so Charlie Fellowes still being top rated by 8lbs despite carrying a double penalty signified a horse who thoroughly deserved to go off favourite. His Beverley victory rated very highly with us and since then he has gone on to win two novice events, including this one, by a combined 11 lengths. His first win at Wolverhampton rated 69 (once adjusted for the day’s racing weight) but with a max Sectional Upgrade over 6f of 20+ using a Finishing Speed Percentage. He should be competitive off a handicap mark of 89 if he continues over the winter.

Professor Galant was the next best on our ratings and duly came second despite pulling hard after her saddle slipped.

10/11/20 – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap (Div I), Newcastle 15:20

1st King Of The South, 2nd Dr Rio, 3rd Corked

Arabian Romance’s debut back in July was a good race, but since then her form has taken a nosedive and didn’t feature in any other of our top 20 Sectional Ratings for this race. She was also weak in the market all day. Dr Rio and Corked were second and third in our list and filled those finishing positions in the race, not only with the highest Sectional Ratings but also with confirmed form over 1m2f+, whereas a lot of form on our list was over 1m.

The unexposed horse in the race was King Of The South, off since March and switched from David Lanigan to William Knight. His form as a young three year old was good, reaching a weight adjusted 66 at Chelmsford in his novice campaign. A likely horse to improve for a switch to handicaps and a step up in trip, he did just that and built on his potential to grab the victory.

12/11/20 – tote Placepot Your First Bet Nursery Handicap, Chelmsford 16:30

1st Ventura Vision, 2nd Dashing Dick, 3rd No Day Never

Considering how close the Sectional Ratings were for this race, there were a few high priced horses that were capable of causing an upset. The likes of This Ones For Fred, The Chain and Ventura Vision were all at 50/1+ in the market but had performed well in previous races that proved them capable of at least being placed in this company.

This Ones For Fred ran well over 1m on soft ground at Goodwood, but had since come last at Newbury and been sold to Peter Bowen, a yard not renowned for their 2yos. The drop to 7f wasn’t an obvious move either, The Chain went off at 80/1 for Jamie Osborne after disappointing on handicap debut at Lingfield last time, but a run at Kempton in June means he isn’t one to give up on and he shaped alright in sixth in this race.

The Mark Johnston trained Ventura Vision had two runs in the bank displaying ability good enough to go close here off 66, including at the course on his debut. He was stepped up to 7f here, which his stride data and breeding suggested wasn’t a bad move. Admittedly his two runs prior to this race required forgiving, but Sectional Ratings can point you in the direction of horses that are value when conditions are more in their favour, and at big odds too.

13/11/20 – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap, Wolverhampton 16:45

1st Diamond Dougal, 2nd Final Frontier, 3rd Lezardrieux

The Sectional Ratings worked out well in this race. Glasvegas topped our ratings from a midfield handicap performance behind Khaloosy at Royal Ascot, but five poor runs and a stable switch later he wasn’t in the reckoning for this race. The next three in our Ratings filled the places at 12/1, 33/1 and 5/1. Lezardrieux topped our Ratings with recent form, but was drawn 10 in a tight race. Final Frontier was a big price at 33/1 on our Sectional Ratings considering there were a couple of placed efforts, including on the all weather, where he was entitled to run well if replicating.

Diamond Dougal’s 3rd at Kempton in August from a slow pace showed he was capable of running well this season on the all weather, and dropped into a class 4 race and his lowest handicap mark since 2018, he was destined to run well if in form. His SP of 12/1 represented good value.

14/11/20 – Betway Churchill Stakes, Lingfield 15:05

1st Dubai Warrior, 2nd Sinjaari

Possibly not a betting race for those that prefer to bet at bigger prices, but this year’s Churchill Stakes worked out perfectly on the ratings. Dubai Warrior had a great year on the all weather last year, and even ran very well at Sandown in July when running under a penalty. He’s a quality horse who will be hard to beat this winter and is worth keeping on side. Sinjaari completed the forecast and was a clear second on our ratings.


02/11/20 Review

Of the 11 races we created racecards for on Monday 2nd November, our top rated horse won four of the races.

Party Island 16/1
Athmad 12/1
Dragons Will Rise 4/1
Loxley 5/2


29/10/20 – 31/10/20

As we enter November, our first month eligible for subscription, we thought we’d review some of the higher profile races where our Sectional Ratings may have pointed you towards potential winners.

29/10/20 – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap, Lingfield 14:15

1st Documenting, 2nd Ghalyoon, 3rd Sir Maxi

Ghalyoon went off favourite for this race at 2/1 and it was easy to see why on his form. He had only run five times prior and ran on well from the rear on his last appearance at Doncaster. Our Sectional Ratings rated the performance a 92 with a maximum Sectional Upgrade over the distance of 20+. A horse off the back of such performance and so lightly raced in an all weather handicap will always be favourite.

Despite the obvious promise, this was one of the toughest assignments that could have been given to Ghalyoon. He was up against three seasoned, quality performers on the all weather in Documenting, Oh This Is Us and War Glory. Of their runs since the Summer of 2019 they had all achieved 98+ and there won’t be many handicaps this autumn/winter where that is the case. You can also add to the opposition the return of Maxi Boy, last seen in a Group 2 as a 2yo where he certainly deserved his place in the field.

Documenting was 3lbs clear at the top of our ratings thanks to a career best performance in a listed race at Wolverhampton in March, coming second to Urban Icon in a quick time off a slow early gallop. His return to the all weather was always going to suit, even though he managed to rack up a couple of big handicap wins on the turf this season (only achieving a best of 90). His handicap mark of 107 was obviously off putting to punters and he could have been had at double figures odds 20 minutes before the off. But racing weight is taken into account on our racecards and he represented good value on the day.

31/10/20 – British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies’ Stakes, Newmarket 14:05

1st Zeyaadah, 2nd Mystery Angel, 3rd Coul Queen

Mystery Angel, Alba Rose, Zeyaadah and Galah were a little clear of the others in the betting market for this race and our Sectional Ratings agreed. The form on the ground and the booking of Frankie Dettori were probably the main factors in support on the day for Mystery Angel which saw her go off as favourite. She ran a very good race, staying on well to get close to the winner but staying on even better and later was the horse at the top of our ratings, Zeyaadah.

The twice raced filly of Roger Varian’s was last seen winning a novice race at Beverley under a penalty. That run rated highly with us where she did her best work late to get on top comfortably at the end. Obviously horses need to act on the ground to be able to win these races, but with the two year olds sometimes it’s the horse with the guaranteed stamina for the distance that will come to the fore. The step up to a mile was a positive for Zeyaadah and she deserved her listed win.

31/10/20 – MansionBet Trick Or Treat Handicap, Newmarket 15:50

1st Odyssey Girl, 2nd Masked Identity, 3rd Get Knotted

Odyssey Girl was starting to look a bit frustrating this year and her profile would have stopped a few punters backing her. She went off at 11/1 and in this 10 runner field, where she topped our ratings and had the three best Sectional Ratings achieved this year, she looked an obvious each way play. The fact she achieved all of her best ratings without any Sectional Upgrades proved she needs a good pace to run at and the one thing heavy ground guarantees is a race where horses are slowing down at the finish. Her profile and the make up of the race made her an appealing option.

These three races are just recent examples of races where our Sectional Ratings can give you angles into a race that may be missed without them. Winners at SP’s of 8/1, 11/2 and 11/1 prove the market may be missing horses capable of running quickly in the right conditions. If a punter is willing to put the work in and analyse speed and pace, rewards are there. Our free blog will continue to do so every day through the all weather season.

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