Symphony Group Handicap Preview, Trends & Analysis

We look at the Class 2 Symphony Group Handicap ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 5½f at York to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Symphony Group Handicap.

Symphony Group Handicap Preview, Trends & Analysis
Symphony Group Handicap Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 Symphony Group Handicap Preview

Introduced in 2009 when the inaugural running of the race was won by the popular Barney McGrew, the Symphony Group Handicap is run on the opening day of the York Ebor Festival. This Class 2 is run over a distance of five furlongs and half a yard (1,189 yards) and is open to runners who are aged three or older. The race tends to attract big fields, all renewals have had a minimum of fifteen runners which means, if you can find the winner then more often than not, you get a decent price.

Symphony Group Handicap Content:

If you are interested in other predictions at York then head over to the York Betting Picks page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG racing tipsters and also compare those predictions to the runners that make the trend shortlist when added below.

The runner that holds the record over the past 14 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2022 renewal when Bergerac from Kevin Ryan who under the guidance of Tom Eaves, won in a time of 1:04.78, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Bogart, trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Neil Callan set the quickest time of 1:01.72 in the 2013 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Symphony Group Handicap over the last 14 renewals:

  • 2013 - Bogart (1:01.72)
  • 2016 - Boom The Groom (1:01.77)
  • 2019 - Dakota Gold (1:01.89)

How competitive is the Symphony Group Handicap market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 14 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2010 when the race had an over-round of 119%. The race in 2022 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 135%, whilst on average over the last 14 renewals of the Symphony Group Handicap, the over-round has been 127%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £127 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 14 if you had followed the winner of the Symphony Group Handicap next time out then you would have back a total of 1 winner. Backing all 13 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -10.62. Whilst we wait for the 2023 Symphony Group Handicap remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

Symphony Group Handicap Past Winners

Here are the Symphony Group Handicap past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and also the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Symphony Group Handicap as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
2022
1:04.78
Bergerac (IRE)
4yo 8-12 (2 of 22) 22/1
Tom Eaves
Kevin Ryan (GB)
2021
1:03.11
Copper Knight (IRE)
7yo 8-12 (3 of 22) 18/1
David Allan
Tim Easterby (GB)
2020
1:02.80
Acclaim The Nation (IRE)
7yo 8-12 (9 of 21) 18/1
Jason Hart
Eric Alston (GB)
2019
1:01.89
Dakota Gold (GB)
5yo 9-10 (10 of 22) 4/1F
Connor Beasley
Michael Dods (GB)
2018
1:02.12
El Astronaute (IRE)
5yo 9-3 (18 of 19) 12/1
Rossa Ryan (3lbs)
John Quinn (GB)
2017
1:04.20
Desert Law (IRE)
9yo 8-13 (8 of 16) 14/1
Luke Morris
Paul Midgley (GB)
2016
1:01.77
Boom The Groom (IRE)
5yo 9-7 (5 of 20) 11/1
Andrea Atzeni
Tony Carroll (GB)
2015
1:03.48
Caspian Prince (IRE)
6yo 9-7 (5 of 20) 20/1
Robert Winston
Dean Ivory (GB)
2014
1:02.74
Blaine (GB)
4yo 9-5 (15 of 15) 12/1
Amy Ryan
Kevin Ryan (GB)
2013
1:01.72
Bogart (GB)
4yo 9-7 (15 of 17) 7/1
Neil Callan
Kevin Ryan (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Symphony Group Handicap have been based:

  • GB: 14 winners with an additional 40 placings from 260 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners
  • AUS: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • SWE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Symphony Group Handicap Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Symphony Group Handicap over the last 14 renewals is Kevin Ryan who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Bogart (2013), Blaine (2014) & Bergerac (2022). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Symphony Group Handicap are Tim Easterby (2 wins) & Michael Dods (2 wins). There are two trainers who have not had the best of times over the last 14 renewals in the Symphony Group Handicap, David O'Meara has sent a total of 16 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Richard Fahey has sent out 10 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Symphony Group Handicap trainer statistics over the last 14 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
Kevin Ryan 20-3-4 +24.00 +10.38
Tim Easterby 19-2-4 +10.00 +4.13
Michael Dods 13-2-5 +7.00 +8.38
Paul Midgley 17-1-6 -2.00 +8.38
John Quinn 5-1-1 +8.00 +3.50
Eric Alston 4-1-1 +15.00 +8.25
Jane Chapple-Hyam 2-1-1 +15.00 +9.00
Tony Carroll 2-1-1 +10.00 +5.88
Dean Ivory 1-1-1 +20.00 +12.50
David O'Meara 16-0-6 -16.00 -4.36

Symphony Group Handicap Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Symphony Group Handicap over the last 14 renewals is David Allan who has won the race 2 times. Those 2 winners came from Hamish McGonagall (2010) & Copper Knight (2021). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Symphony Group Handicap, Paul Hanagan has had a total of 10 rides to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Symphony Group Handicap jockey statistics over the last 14 renewals (R = Rides, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
David Allan 11-2-4 +18.00 +10.63
Andrea Atzeni 5-1-1 +7.00 +2.88
Neil Callan 4-1-1 +4.00 +1.38
Connor Beasley 4-1-1 +1.00 -0.50
Tom Eaves 3-1-1 +20.00 +11.75
Luke Morris 3-1-1 +12.00 +6.75
Jason Hart 2-1-1 +17.00 +10.25
Rossa Ryan 2-1-2 +11.00 +8.25
Paul Hanagan 10-0-3 -10.00 -2.06
Jamie Spencer 9-0-3 -9.00 -0.86

2023 Symphony Group Handicap Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,2,3,4,11,6,4,(6,17),2,2,(2,3,14),1,10,6,(5,15)

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 14 / 14 (62%) - Achieved a RPR of 98+ (Last 3)
  • 14 / 14 (68%) - Achieved a RPR of 98+ (Season)
  • 14 / 14 (73%) - Achieved a RPR of 96+ (Going)
  • 14 / 14 (77%) - An OR no less than 72 (Career)
  • 14 / 14 (77%) - Off a break of 4-25 days
  • 14 / 14 (78%) - Horse OR of 92+
  • 14 / 14 (80%) - Made 4-39 starts (Class)
  • 14 / 14 (80%) - Made 3-21 starts (Going)
  • 14 / 14 (81%) - Made 13-60 starts (Career)
  • 14 / 14 (82%) - Made 1-3 starts (30 Days)
  • 14 / 14 (83%) - Made 6-17 starts (1 Year)
  • 14 / 14 (86%) - Was a Gelding
  • 14 / 14 (86%) - Had 3-15 wins (Career)
  • 13 / 14 (64%) - Within first 11 of market
  • 13 / 14 (71%) - No bigger than 20/1
  • 13 / 14 (75%) - Achieved a RPR of 99+ (Class)
  • 13 / 14 (77%) - Achieved a TS of 79+ (Last 3)
  • 13 / 14 (77%) - Achieved a TS of 80+ (Going)
  • 13 / 14 (77%) - In a field of 10+ (LTO)
  • 13 / 14 (78%) - Achieved a TS of 85+ (Class)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the York racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Symphony Group Handicap. If you are a newcomer to horse racing betting, then the number of types of bets can be scary! Don't let that put you off though, head over to this Types Of Horse Racing Bet article and have a read, you will then have a better knowledge of betting on racing in the future and there are plenty of other articles in the OLBG Betting School too.

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Symphony Group Handicap Trend Analysis

The trend factor which has produced 7+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +43.00 is when runners had 2 starts in the past 30 days. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 place in the past 180 days, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-68.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2022: Winner in 2 (22,6,15) [22 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 3 (13,5,21) [22 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 9 (2,19,16) [21 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 10 (6,3,9) [22 Runners]
  • 2018: Winner in 18 (12,15,19) [19 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Symphony Group Handicap is Goodwood, there has been a total number of 6 winners of this race who ran at Goodwood last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 14 winners from a total of 249 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 15 runners.

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Symphony Group Handicap despite multiple attempts:

  • Pivotal (0 Wins from 11 runners)
  • Shamardal (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Exceed And Excel (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Invincible Spirit (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Kheleyf (0 Wins from 6 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 14 renewals, the biggest priced winner was Bergerac in 2022 when winning for Kevin Ryan at odds of 22/1 under the guidance of Tom Eaves. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 14 renewals there has been a total of 1 winning favourite in the race. Remember to bookmark the best racing tipsters page so you can get easy access to the best OLBG racing tipsters.

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