The Skybet Dash (Saturday, York 4.10) is a 6-furlong class-2 handicap worth in excess of over £30,000 to the winner – and its history offers up some interesting statistics.
The last 9 winners have all been rated between 94 and 105, with 7 of those winners carrying in excess of 9-0, whilst the other two carried 8-12. Meanwhile, four 4-year-olds have been successful in that time, with two 3-year-olds, two 5-year-olds and one 7-year-old also being successful. Despite the smallest field size being 12 runners, the last 7 winners were all priced-up between 3/1 and 9/1.
No trainer or jockey has dominated the race, though Richard Fahey has trained two winners.
16 runners have been declared for the 2016 SkyBet Dash.
Yet to win a handicap, but was second in the 2014 Stewards Cup off 2lb higher. This is also only his fourth start for his inform trainer, and two horses carrying 9-10 have won in the last 5 years.
Louis The Pious
Just 1lb higher than when winning an Ayr Gold Cup, and shrewd trainer may well be plotting his way back to that race.
Much more consistent than in previous seasons, but she’s now 12lb higher than when she won earlier in the season.
Just 2lb higher than when winning last year’s race, and a return to York may spark him back into life.
Another Wise Kid
Just 2lb higher than last winning mark, and this infrequent winner is worth keeping any eye on in the coming weeks.
Never raced further than 5-furlongs so far, and not sure this speedball really wants an extra furlong.
Now 2lb lower than last winning handicap mark, but would have liked to have seen him show better form.
Now 1lb lower than last winning mark, but was disappointing with conditions in his favour last week.
Ex-French 4-year-old who could yet find his form on these shores. Money for him would be interesting.
Class-3 winner, but class-2 races have looked beyond him so far.
Won class-4 and class-3 in last few starts, but needs further improvement to take this class-2.
Won a class-4 over course and distance, but well-beaten on all 5 course starts since in higher class.
See The Sun
Won off 82 and 88 this season and, as he’s won off 90, a mark of 91 doesn’t look beyond him. Excuses for last 3 defeats, though was only 15/20 off 90 in last year’s race.
3lb above last winning mark, but second off higher marks in two class-2s since. However, he’s been last on his last two visits to York.
2lb lower than his last winning mark, and beaten both starts at York since off slightly higher marks.
8lb higher than last winning mark, and this class may prove beyond him.
SkyBet Dash Summary
This race has tended to be won by the classier horses near the top of the weights, and this may well be the day to give Ninjago a chance to register his first handicap win. He’s certainly weighted to go close, after his 4th here over 5-furlongs off a 1lb higher mark, and he should be better over 6-furlongs.