The statistics often the first port-of-call for many punters weighing up a bet is the overall records of trainers.
There is no getting away from the fact that a jockey, and the decisions they make, are one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a race.
We look at the most winner producing sires over the last few years, along with the conditions over which their best profits emerged, plus what sires proved prolific in Grade 1 races and the sires that performed well at specific courses.
One of the attractions of a new season is looking forward to the historic events that lie ahead in the racing calendar, in particular those that provided a rich source of future talent, just like a college or university churning out above-par graduates.
For punters who like to focus on handicap races where juicy prices lurk, then it can often pay to keep on the right side of unexposed runners yet to have shown their full hand to the handicapper – a skill certain trainers have proven particularly good at prior to their handicap debuts.