Post the racing resumption The Racing Horse takes a look at some of the trainer's who are struggling to cope with the enforced break. Today we look at Hughie Morrison. We look at his 2020 figures and try to make sense of his disappointment:
HUGHIE MORRISON for 2020
January 2020: 0-5 for 0% (-5.00)
February 2020: 0-2 for 0% (-2.00)
March 2020: 0-1 for 0% (-1.00)
June 2020: 2-46 for 4% (-35.50)
July 2020: 0-3 for 0% (-3.00)
TOTAL: 2-57 for 3% (-46.50)
The numbers above just do not make sense. His national average is 11% so almost 8% down on those figures, he normally trainers 40-50 winners in a calendar year but with just 6 months left we will be surprised if he gets half that figure.
He is a very articulate man and we were lucky to meet him and Willie Mullins at Flemington Racecourse just before the 2017 Melbourne Cup, and at that point trained the 6/1 favourite Marmelo for the race. To see him operating at 3.5% strike rate for 2020 is astonishing and a complete surprise!
He must be under pressure from some of his owners and now desperate for a week containing some winners. Where will those winners come from? Our best guess is to watch/back his runners at Southwell where he has a fantastic record. He shows 98-433 for 23% and a huge level stake profit to SP of +90.83. He has a fibresand surface at his stables so knows for sure what acts on this unique surface.
He runs three on Sunday, two in handicaps and the other in a novice stakes and it will be interesting to see how his runners perform...