Change Of Scenery

Good morning all,

One thing often worth a look at is when a horse changes yard, as a change of scenery and regime can often perk them up. Some trainers are obviously very adept at this – Dan Skelton a very easy example off the top of my head – but others are less so. There's one or two interesting ones running today that fit the bill, which I thought I'd point out on the main piece. Hope they prove of some use to you. 

Ian Williams

Ian is a trainer I like a lot, he's a very shrewd operator and when he gets hold of one from another yard, often improves it. Over the past year he's 7-41 with such horses, a 17% strike rate, and that is very much the same story if you go back two years, the strike rate stays very much the same. Desert Trip is the one that fits the bill today (4.00 Newbury) and he's very interesting as one that's both relatively unexposed and improving. In fact, he looks like a decent purchase, moving from David Menusier to Ian today, and Ian goes straight for the hood to help him settle too. Not a strong race and worth a second look.

Lawrence Mullaney

Not an obvious candidate for the list but he is 3-16 over the past year with these sorts, and he's had 5 others hit the places as well. He's got two that fit the bill today, both at Nottingham – Purdey in the 3.15 and Optima Petamus in the 5.30. Both are of some interest but particualrly Optima Petamus as he was previously with Patrick Holmes and that trainer switch has recently thrown up two winners – Princess Nearco at Thirsk on Tuesday and then Auxillary at Hamilton yesterday. Conditions are fine for Optima Petamus and although he doesn't win enough to be totally confident about, he's worth a small bet under conditions that should suit.

Today's selection – Optima Petamus 5.30 Nottingham

Good luck with all your bets today,

David.

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