I think I have noticed a trend with the yard of Donald McCain and it could be one that helps pay for Christmas
The Donald McCain yard has been quiet in recent weeks but in the last few days there have been signs that things are about to turn around –and this would fit with recent history. Two weeks ago I opened up my system building software to see if there were any trainers who did well with their chasers in the month of December. More importantly their record in December had to be better than any other month which would indicate it was a month that they targeted and/or had their string ready to fire.
Donald McCain was the only trainer that stood out. His December record with handicap chasers is as follows…
As you can see this is an impressive record. A 26% win strike rate is solid and so is his place strike rate. Most importantly he is operating at 31% above market expectations meaning his horses are going off at bigger prices than they should be – the key to long term profitable betting. What really caught my eye was the record in the last two years. I think he is improving as a trainer and he is probably getting better horses to go to war with.
This appears to be the time to catch his chasers as you can see form his record in every other month over the same time period..
It is the only month where he performs above market expectations and I think we need to keep all of his handicap chasers onside during this month.
So, the rules…
- Donald McCain
- Handicap Chase
- 14/1 or shorter
And that is it. Now, there have only been a handful of horses priced over 14/1 and although none of them have placed I wouldn’t necessarily be put off but bigger priced horses – but I would advise looking at their form chance.
I don’t think there are any other filters to put in. He has a decent record across a spread of tracks. The only one where he has struggled so far is Wetherby where he is only 1/14. However that is a small sample size and I wouldn’t dismiss his Wetherby runners out of hand just yet.
So, that is it. I have yet to back his December runners with my own money so I am a bit cautious. However all the evidence suggests this is the time of month to catch his chasers and I dare say I will back them systematically, probably starting off with ½ point win bets, although given his decent place strike rate EW betting would be worth consideration.
I will review his performance at the start of January but in the meantime let’s hope he can make us 30 points which would be nice!
Emma Lavelle – A Review
If truth be told it was a bit of a disappointing two months for Emma Lavelle and her hurdlers/NHF horses – especially for anyone starting out in November. However, the approach was still profitable, just! If we look at the results below we can see that 2014 was poor compared to previous years..
Now from my own records, I can see I made £263 over the two months, betting 1 point to win per horse (£20 per point). However, £230 of that was made in October and it was annoying that November was poor, albeit profitable.
I will stick with Emma Lavelle again next year and we can all back her from the start of October. If she doesn’t bounce back next year, especially in November, it would then be time to monitor the approach and maybe shelve it.