Facts and figures – The key stats you need to beat the bookmakers on Thursday

Mark Johnston (right) and Joe Fanning (left) are a combination to be feared at Hamilton races.

Mark Johnston (right) and Joe Fanning (left) are a combination to be feared at Hamilton races.

We list the key trainer and jockey stats for every meeting today and highlight some horses’ punters might want to side with on Thursday 18th July.

If you’re having a tough time finding those winners, it can often pay to look through the various statistics we have at our disposal to point us in the right direction. Here are some vital jockey and trainer stats for each of Thursday’s meetings and the horses who could take advantage.

Thursday’s Facts and Figures


ROSSA RYAN is the winning-most rider at Chepstow since he burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. The young rider has already clocked up seven winners this season, more than any other jockey to date and boasts an impressive 25% strike rate over the past couple of season, returning a profit of £48 from a level £1 stake.

Ryan has three rides tomorrow at Chepstow, with his best chance coming on Alexandra Dunn’s JUPITER (6/1 Coral). Dunn herself is in fine form, with 20% of her runners winning on the last 14 days and Jupiter ran nicely to claim third in an identical handicap over course-and-distance last time out.


Despite his obvious affection for courses like Chester and York, RICHARD FAHEY’S best strike rate comes here at Leicester. Fahey wins with almost 22% of his runners around this tricky track and he’s saddled more winners here than any other trainer over the past five seasons.Fahey has two chances of another Leicester victory and will have high hopes for VENTURA BAY (5/4 Coral), who ran well in a similar contest last month and looks kindly treated at the weights.

2 runners, Ventura Bay his best chance


Scottish native MARK JOHNSTON has won with eight of his 20 runners here at Hamilton so far this season and boasts a 20% strike rate at this course over last five years. No jockey has ridden more winners at Hamilton over the past five years than JOE FANNING and he’s won with nearly 40% of his rides for Johnston over last two weeks.

In the feature handicap at 2:40pm, they team up with KALAGIA (11/2 Coral), who hasn’t been out for almost 300 days, but claimed victory on this track as a juvenile and is only one pound higher in the weights than his last winning mark.

Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville team up for a rare runner at Ffos Las on Thursday evening.

Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville team up for a rare runner at Ffos Las on Thursday evening.


DERMOT WELD has scored with a quarter of his runners here at Leopardstown this term and his record over the past five years is similarly impressive, winning with 21% of his runners at a profit of £15 profit from a level stake.

Weld saddles two debutantes tomorrow, but he will have high hopes for TINANDALI (10/3 Coral) in the feature Group Three. Oisin Orr’s mount is in with a couple of runners who represented Aidan O’Brien in Group Ones earlier in the season, but Weld’s colt comes into this contest on the back of an emphatic victory and won here at Leopardstown on his reappearance.

Ffos Las

NICKY HENDERSON and NICO DE BOINVILLE have grown into one of the most potent partnerships in National Hunt racing, winning 27% of the times when they have teamed up over the past five season.

It’s rare that Henderson sends a horse to Ffos Las, but of those who have strutted their stuff at the Welsh venue, almost 40% have entered the winners’ enclosure. This bodes well for FOREVER FIELD (7/1 Coral), who carries top-weight into the feature handicap hurdle of the evening.


Few jockeys have ridden Epsom’s treacherous downs better than CHARLES BISHOP over the left few years. Of Bishop’s 37 rides at this venue, he’s won with 16 of them, a superb percentage of just over 43%.

Tomorrow, Bishop jumps into the saddle of KEY PLAYER (11/2 Coral) for Eve Johnston-Houghton, a trainer he’s ridden three winners for over the past two weeks. He has to be respected.