Communicator holds the key
We analyse the last ten renewals of Saturday's Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster and pick out the key statistics.
- Winners have been aged three (4), four (5) and five.
- Winners have carried between 8-0 and 9-6 with the last five between 8-10 and 8-13.
- Winners have been rated between 87 and 99 with the last eight between 93 and 99.
- Winners have been priced between 5-1 and 25-1 with eight between 8-1 and 20-1.
- Only two of the 11 (incl joint) favourites have been placed.
- Three winners have come from single figure stalls and seven from double.
- Six winners finished in the first four on their preceding start; two were successful.
- Eight winners had won during the current season.
- Eight winners had had no more than 15 career starts.
- Eight of the last nine winners had won a class three handicap or above.
- All of the last nine winners had either been placed in or won a class 2 handicap.
- Nine winners had won over 11 furlongs or beyond.
The unexposed First Mohican seems certain to be sent off at a short price to retain his unbeaten record but not only do the market leaders have a miserable record, he's also rated higher - albeit marginally in cases - than any other winner so is well worth taking on.
Communicator and Nicholascopernicus are the two that make most appeal and it could be worth splitting stakes between the pair but for the purposes of this guide, Andrew Balding's runner gets the nod courtesy of his win in a class two handicap whereas the latter failed to trouble the judge on his only start at that level, the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.