Monday, 14 March 2011

Neville Bycroft Trains First 2yo for Godolphin!

How do bookmakers or layers price-up two-year-old races? Generally, most juveniles are priced by the standing of their trainers. So it is hardly surprising to see a Richard Fahey debutante favourite for a maiden race compared to a less fashionable yard such a Neville Bycroft.

However, there is one factor that can make a smaller stable a much more interesting proposition and should be noted. The owner.

Always make note of who owns a horse because this factor is  often overlooked. It's a common scenario: Looking at field full of debutantes for the 2:40 Beverley: Richard Fahey (interesting), Brian Meehan (interesting), Peter Chapple-Hyam (tick), Neville Bycroft ('I won't bother looking at him as he rarely wins'). You notice later, after an impressive victory, it is owned (how did I miss that!) by Godolphin.

OK, perhaps that day will never happen. It would certainly put the cat among the pigeons. It is probably the case that many smaller trainers are just as talented if not better than their high profile neighbours. There is no escaping that many of the most influential owners make use of a handful of very talented trainers and they rarely give the smaller yards a second look. However, there is always a surprise or two and these exceptions can lead to a rich seam of gold. It is surprising how certain owners consistently have good horses. And it is strange how they are not always the most wealthy. It makes me wonder if some simply do not allow a poor juveniles to race.

One owner who comes to mind is Mathews Breeding & Racing (I have since learned that the Mathews family emigrated to America). In fact, for a season or two Mathews trained. I am pretty sure they own(ed) the stables where R.J Williams trained. I may be mistaken but I think it is the same stables of Rae Guest. The point I am making, is that I never saw Mathews Breeding, as owners, have a bad horse in training. They all seemed to be of a winning standard and mostly ran storming races on debut at fancy prices. I can't help but imagine they had a policy where they simply didn't allow substandard horses to run - at all. That may be completely wrong as I have no way of confirming that point. However, I would ask one important question when I notice a smaller trainer with a two-year-old runner. 

Who is the OWNER?

The racing community is small and there is always the chance of an unlikely alliance which may reaps rewards.

One of the best reasons for following HCE this two-year-old season is that we pride ourselves on unique analysis.

We will highlight all such two-year-olds.