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STATS POINT THE WAY TO DREAM RESULT

23rd March 2012, 05:03pm

Nick Scholfield: Rides Josh's Dreamway

Nick Scholfield: Rides Josh's Dreamway

  • Six year olds have won eight of the last 10 renewals (one five and one seven).

  • Nine winners have carried between 10-1 and 11-3.
  • Six winners - including the last five - have been rated between 115 and 130.
  • Winners have been priced between 11-8 and 25-1 with six returned in single figures.
  • Two favourites have been successful, with a further four placed.
  • Eight winners had finished in the first three on their preceding start with five successful.
  • Nine winners had their previous start between 19th February and 8th March.
  • Six winners had run no more than five times over hurdles.
  • Nine winners had won at least once over hurdles.
  • Four winners were making their handicap debuts, three winners had been placed or better in a handicap.
  • Nine winners had won over at least two miles three furlongs.
  • All ten winners had run in a NHF with six successful.
  • Four winners were ridden by conditional jockeys.

    Summary

    Nicky Henderson and Oliver Sherwood trained runners would appear to be the obvious place to start having been responsible for the past five winners.

    However, Henderson has also saddled four beaten favourites in the last decade, including on three of the occasions that he has lifted the top prize.

    They are not the only trainers to concentrate on as Jonjo O'Neill has sent just three runners to post and has come away with a first and a second but the race has not been so kind to Alan King whose nine runners have realised two places.

    Cross The Flags is much respected but it may prove worth taking a chance with one at the other end of the weights in Josh's Dreamway who, like 2002 winner Monger Lane, races from out of the handicaps.

    Recent renewals have been landed by horses higher up the handicap but this useful bumper performer appeared to benefit signifcantly from encountering better ground and a longer trip on her handicap debut at Exeter last time.

    Her run at Cheltenham in November where she was just three lengths behind Supreme fourth Montbazon suggests that she could still be extremely well handicapped and her yard continues in fine form.

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