Another impressive season for Judd Trump has seen him reach seven tournament finals and collect four pieces of silverware.
The world number two has been a consistent presence at the business end of events ever since reaching the final of the European Masters in August.
Trump lost that title-deciding fixture to Barry Hawkins and was denied glory in the Champion of Champions and the World Grand Prix by Mark Allen and Ronnie O’Sullivan respectively.
However, an outstanding month of October saw the Englishman land a hat-trick of ranking titles in successive events.
Over a fantastic four-week span, Trump emerged with the trophies at the Northern Ireland, Wuhan, and English Opens.
Another triumph was recorded last week when the 34 year-old overcame Si Jiahui to win the German Masters in Berlin.
One of the key facets to Trump’s game in that period, and indeed throughout his entire career, has been his scoring prowess.
The 2019 world champion is third on the all-time centuries list with a tally of 967 and counting, with the one thousand milestone that only O’Sullivan has so far achieved seemingly just around the corner.
A prolific 66 of those have been compiled during this 2023/24 campaign, which is 25 ahead of his nearest rival in the tons department, Kyren Wilson.
With several events still to be played this season, Trump remains on course to break the record number made in a single term.
That, of course, was the 103 century breaks that Neil Robertson memorably compiled during the 2013/14 campaign.
Trump matched the Australian’s century of centuries feat six seasons later, but he ultimately came just short of equalling the record and ended on 102.
The Bristol potter needs to contribute 38 more tons between now and the end of the season if he’s to eclipse Robertson’s single-season sum this time.
Perhaps not helping his challenge is the fact that he has already announced his withdrawal from next week’s Welsh Open in Llandudno.
But even without his presence at the Venue Cymru, there are going to be several chances for Trump to increase his total.
Guaranteed spots in both the Players and Tour Championships, Trump will also participate in the World Open, the inaugural World Masters in Saudi Arabia, and the Championship League.
All of those appearances will come before what will likely be his crucial fortnight at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
The further Trump goes at the World Championship, the greater his chances of breaking the record will become.
Judd Trump boasts odds of 7/2 with Novibet online sports betting to win the World Snooker Championship for a second time.
He might just need to go that deep in the competition if he’s to go beyond Robertson’s 103.
In the 14 tournaments Trump has competed in so far this season, he has an average strike rate of 4.71 centuries per event.
If he maintains that level, he is forecast to compile around 24 centuries before the World Championship gets under way in April.
That would leave 14 left to be made in Sheffield – the same number Trump contributed at the 2019 edition when he emerged with the silverware.
Accomplishing the record won’t be the primary target for Judd Trump during the remainder of this term, with more titles and lucrative cheques certainly higher up on his agenda.
However, the race to beat this special centuries record will certainly provide an interesting subplot in the concluding part of the campaign.
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