Last week on Twitter, prior to the the 2015 Champions Day at Ascot, I posted a couple of quick screenshots from FormBet's FRED database research tool. These images indicated some trainers and jockeys whose past performance at Ascot, in Black Type races only, warranted further attention. For the benefit of this post, I will add those two images again here.

Ascot Black Type Trainers

Ascot Black Type Jockeys

What would have happened last Saturday if following the form of the above groups in the five Black Type races held at the Berkshire course? A handy profit would have been pocketed.

Backing all runners from the trainers list, would have resulted in 12 bets for 2 winners, with a 16.67% Strike Rate and a Level Stakes return of 5.81 points.


If one had of only backed the intersection of the trainers and jockeys highlighted, there would have been just 9 bets. The results are shown below.

A very nice 8.81 points profit to level stakes. The two winners were Flying Officer (Gosden/Dettori) in the Group 2 Long Distance Cup at 7.6 BSP and Fascinating Rock (Smullen/Weld) in the Group 1 Qipco Champions Stakes at 11.15 BSP. Results in the tables above include a Betfair commission deduction of 5%.

In the Group 1 Qipco Champions Stakes, the first three past the post – Fascinating Rock (Smullen/Weld), Found (Moore/O'Brien) and Jack Hobbs (Buick/Gosden)  – all hit the above filters. The tricast paid £86.71 .

Journey (Dettori/Gosden) could easily have added to the day's total with a close three-quarters of a length second in the Group 1 Qipco Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at 9.08 BSP (4.01 BSP for the place).

James Doyle's rides – Beautiful Romance, 3rd, 30 BSP (7.49 BSP Place) and Belardo, 2nd, 90 BSP (9.4 BSP Place) – could also have made the day one to long remember.

The 2015 Champions Day at Ascot clearly demonstrated the power of historic research, with a tool like FormBet's FRED, to focus on the top performing trainers and jockeys.

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