Looking at trainers with the knack of winning Nurseries
Eddie Wood links his winning sires with the trainers who get the best out of their young progeny
Last month, I promised to give you the foaling dates of the eight sires’ progeny I selected in last month’s issue of
Racing Ahead. I was going to give you some more details about their sires themselves.
But having given this some thought, I believe it would be better to give you a few trainers who seem to target particular courses in Nursery Handicaps.
If these trainers are linked with any of the sires I have given, then seriously consider backing them. Also consider any trainer not on the list I am giving you who has one of the eight sires I have listed. It may be helpful for me to list the sires again and give you their distance range in case you have not got last month’s issue of Racing Ahead to hand.
Acclamation (6.9f) produces precocious, fast-running two-year-olds and his stock generally prefers good or good to firm ground.
Dubawi’s (IRE) (9.6f) progeny will win at most distances in Nursery Handicaps and will act on all types of ground but good to good to firm ground appears to suit them best.
Galileo (IRE) (11.2f) is a great sire of two-year-olds and his progeny can win through the full range of Nursery distances, but they will perform better at seven to ten furlongs. Galileo’s progeny will act are all types of going.
Two-year-year-olds sired by Invincible Spirit (IRE) (7.4f) have an excellent record and while Invincible Spirit’s progeny perform well within the normal Nursery distance range, they are likely to win more races up to seven furlongs. Although the progeny of this sire act on all surfaces, they appear to give their best performances on good to firm ground.
Kodiac (7.2f) is a great source of early two-year-olds. His progeny win at all distances but show a preference for races run up to seven furlongs and good to firm ground.
The progeny of New Approach (IRE) (10f) can win at the full range of dis- tances, but seven to nine furlongs will give you most wins on good to soft or good to firm ground.
The offspring of the late Scat Daddy (USA) (7.5f) are best suited to a trip of five to nine furlongs over good to soft to good to firm going.
Teofilo’s (IRE) (10.5f) progeny will cope with the full range of Nursery distances. The best results come from seven furlongs plus and are best on good to good to firm surfaces, although they will handle all types of going.
Now, I will supply a list of trainers that appear to target certain Nurseries at particular courses. They all have a strike-rate of at least 25 per cent: Andrew Balding (Goodwood,) Mick Channon (Musselburgh and Sandown,) Ed Dunlop (Newmarket (Rowley course and Yarmouth,) Chris Dwyer (Yarmouth,) David Evans (Redcar,) Richard Hannon (Ascot and Epsom,) Mark Johnston (Beverley, Goodwood, Hamilton, Pontefract, York,) Sir Mark Prescott (Southwell.)
Nursery Handicaps are often difficult to win, but what I have given you should enable you to participate in them and make a profit. You may have time to research other sires in relation to handicaps. This will help you to determine their Stamina Index and the range that they can win these races.