Yards of Ail?

17th January 3.30pm

When looking for winners one of the criteria I look at is the current form of the horses trainer. There are currently some major yards having a really poor three month run.

Kim Bailey has had just 2 winners from 59 runners since the 1st December 2016.

Love the bloke. One of the first to engage on social media, great with the press but out of form!

Jonjo O’Neill has had only 23 winners from 299 runners since 1st October 2016.

Just can’t call this bloke right. Only ever seems to be in form for four days in March when a series of handicappers appear Lazarus-like! With the toys at his disposal he should do better. Not helped by Geraghty riding the better ones.

Dan Skelton has had 15 winners from 134 runners since the 1st December 2016.

Not bad but nowhere near his figures September to November, 30 from 164! A top trainer who specialises in being “a man with a plan”. Is it winter ground? Is it earlier winners now badly handicapped? Is it he’s wrapped the best horses in cotton wool for the Spring Festivals? Has he a bug? Losing Meet the Legend when falling at the last whilst leading must have been a double kick where it hurts most!

Stuart Crawford a frequent Scottish raider is 0 from 18 recently in the UK and just 1 from 30 in Ireland. His luck summed up at Ayr today when Elusive Theatre was 100 yards clear at the second last when clipping the flight and unseating!! Mind you the running of star Fine Rightly yesterday suggested it may be a health issue. Bad hay, low grade virus?

The other trainer to mention is David Pipe. As I write he has had a double today and indeed is ticking over with the winners but not in any race of consequence! Un Temps pour Tout won the Tuesday staying handicap at the Festival last March and Vieux Lion Rouge won a Becher chase and that’s it. Is he any longer a Top Ten trainer? A lot of hopes pinned on Moon Racer who as an 8yo has had just six runs!

Any others I should be aware of?

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