Richard Hoiles's Tuesday tips: Chieftan's should be your Choice of the day

By Richard Hoiles@RichardHoiles
Tue 28 Aug 2018

Richard Hoiles struck with 100-30 and 11-4 chances last week and has four bets for for Tuesday's action below.

There were four days full of drama on the Knavesmire last week that produced a hatful of stories, but the greatest achievement must be Mark Johnston becoming the most successful trainer in British racing history as he passed Richard Hannon Snr’s record of 4,193 winners.

If a similar list to the recently controversial one of those under 35 most likely to succeed had been drawn up in the late 1980’s then it is highly unlikely Johnston would have appeared on it.

Coming from a veterinary training background, rather than descending from any well-known family the silver spoon is absent from his back catalogue. It was, however, family that has proved to be the cornerstone of his success with wife Deirdre and son Charlie paying pivotal roles in the yard’s rise through the ranks and then sustained period at the head of the winners’ list.

In many ways Johnston’s greatest achievement is the organisation and the development of smooth-running systems that are required to purchase the raw material, control the work, bring to fitness and then place a huge number of horses.

Many can have a natural feel for a particular business or profession but in general as that empire grows it is easy to become increasingly remote from the hands-on part of an enterprise at which they excelled.

Instead growth proved not a challenge, but an opportunity, for the Middleham operation with their horses renowned for their durability and toughness and regular racecourse appearances. Five times the yard have achieved annual UK totals of between 215 and 218 winners and will go close to surpassing their own record this year.

The success of Poet’s Society epitomised the stable; making all on his 26th start of the year and typically digging deep to repel all challengers. It was also appropriate that the landmark should be reached at a high-profile meeting to allow Johnston to receive the credit such an astonishing record clearly deserves.

Tuesday's selections:

2.45 Epsom – War Eagle at 10-11 with Betfair, Paddy Power and SkyBet:

Like several by his sire Australia he shaped like a stayer on his debut so the step up to a mile looks likely to suit.

Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle. An expensive purchase at 350,000gns hopefully he can stay balanced on the camber.

3.00 Ripon – Mrs Hoo at a generally available 11-10:

Appeals as the type to do well in handicaps, having made steady progress in her three runs to qualify for this opening mark, culminating in a course and distance win when breaking her maiden last time.

6.40 Stratford – Chieftain's Choice at 100-30 with BetVictor, Coral and Ladbrokes:

A falling mark coupled with a good period of form for the Kevin Frost yard makes him appeal as the best bet of the day.

Crucially he also seems to be taking his racing better this campaign than last when he was restricted to just a couple of appearances.

7.10 Stratford – Regulation at 7-1 with Bet365 and Betfair:

The return to this grade should suit and his chances would be improved if the ground dries out during the course of the day.

Placed here on three of his four course runs off similar marks he just looks too big a price.

Richard Hoiles's Tuesday tips:

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