Sweetspots: headgear can prove the trick for Cole charge
It seems interesting that Harry Skelton isn’t riding for brother Dan Skelton as his only ride at Southwell comes for Caroline Bailey, whom he has a 40 per cent strike-rate for at the track. The pair combine in the 6.20 on McCabe Creek, who makes his first start for the trainer (22 per cent with new recruits).
R Mike Smith and PJ McDonald both have individual strike-rates of seven per cent at Ayr but when teaming up together at the Scottish venue their strike-rate improves to 31 per cent. Gworn, who goes in the 4.50 for the pair, could take advantage of a falling handicap mark back at a venue he enjoys.
Paul Cole has a 24 per cent strike-rate when applying a tongue-tie for the first time. Kings Academy gets a first-time headgear combination of cheekpieces and tongue-tie in the 2.00 at Yarmouth. With Silvestre de Sousa on board, he could find the required improvement he needs to.