With the jumps well and truly back as the action continues at Worcester and Exeter, Nathan Joyes explores the stats which stand out up and down the country this Thursday.
"It's also worth noting that Dan Skelton's only runner on the card yesterday, Dazzling Glory, won at 3.02/1 under the ride of Bridget Andrews over at Sedgefield."
Although trainer Dan Skelton isn't entirely firing on all cylinders at the moment, with four winners from his last 25 runners, this is the time of year where we see plenty of Skelton's runners sent up and down the country and it's always worth keeping tabs on his entries - as mentioned, a trio head to Worcester.
It's also worth noting that Dan Skelton's only runner on the card yesterday, Dazzling Glory, won at 3.02/1 under the ride of Bridget Andrews over at Sedgefield. She was due to ride Shentri in the 14:30 at Exeter but he was declared a non-runner last night.
Starsky is Skelton's main chance of success according to the market, currently priced at 4.57/2 to land the 14:13 2m7f Chase. The seven-year-old won on debut at Warwick before running well finishing third at Uttoxeter and now turns his attention to chasing an a lot is expected of the seven-year-old, despite racing in a competitive field.
Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section highlights market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.
The market says LAY!
Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?
13:38 Worcester: Nada To Prada 7/4 OUT to 2/1
16:33 Worcester: Halo Des Obeaux 11/10 OUT to 6/4
Horses for courses
This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks and could be in with a chance today.
14:30 Exeter: Troed Y Melin 5.04/1
Stat of the day
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.
Jockey Adam Farragher has been going great guns of late, riding out six winners from his last 15 rides, returning a 40% strike rate. Today he rides Harbour Vision in the 19:00 at Chelmsford as well as Can Can Girl in the 20:30 Chelmsford.
Trainer Claire Hobson travels 358 miles to Ayr today with just the one runner. Embolden will compete in the 16:55.
Race of the day
I really like the look of the 16:15 3m Handicap Chase over at Exeter, where despite only four going to post, on paper it looks to have a competitive edge to it.
Storm Home heads the market at 2.255/4 is looking to complete a long awaited hat-trick having scored at Uttoxeter twice back in July. Tizzard's horse led after the 13th fence and despite being headed, fought back and stayed on well to win by over seven lengths. Quicker ground is expected at Exeter than what we have seen over the last couple of days up and down the country which will favour Storm Home but the lack of recent run is an obvious concern compared to his marker principals.
Next up in the market is course and distance winner Rhythm Is A Dancer, who is also looking to complete a hat-trick having won over 2m7f at both Worcester and Stratford in August and September.
His jumping wasn't entirely convincing last time out on occasions, but clearly had the ability to shrug off his rivals on that occasion. He jumped to the right a few times at the fences but that won't be an issue at Exeter this afternoon.
Betfair ambassador Paul Nicholls will be hopeful his eight-year-old can make it four wins from five but Storm Home will prove a tough nut to crack if fit and raring to go.
Umndeni completes the trio fancied in the market, priced up at 4.03/1 and the seven-year-old isn't without a chance either, having landed a Class 2 Hurdle at Newton Abbot when last seen in August.
He did unseat his rider on his chasing bow at the same track back in June but having come out and won since shows no confidence has been lost. Umndeni also receives plenty of weight all round running off just 10-4 and with a clear round of jumping, he's hard to rule out being competitive having his second crack at chasing.
Timeform offer up three of their best
The Timeform team head to Chelmsford this evening where they have selected a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way selection to help guide you through the card.
I hope all of you saw the launch of our new tipping competition but if you've missed it, here's the link. It will be well worth following over the next four Saturday's, so keep an eye out for some selections to help your betting.
Back to the action and top advice from the man himself, Daryl Carter, I'll echo. It's an exciting time of the year but also a time of the year where patience is key. Many horses are being turned out for their first runs of the season and sometimes it is best to watch and learn before backing them. Make some notes and read what the trainers are saying.
Daryl's back tomorrow, so I hope today's column serves you well.
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