5-1 ‘CAT’ POUNCES FOR DAQMAN NAPS HAT-TRICK: Cats Eyes (WON 5-1) shone at Bath yesterday to give Daqman a superb naps treble, following Havin’ A Good Time (WON 5-2) on Monday and the Sunday best bet, Cape Explorer (WON 100-30).
FABULOUS FOUR-DAY PROFIT OF 104 POINTS: It was Daqman’s fourth consecutive profitable day after winners at 6-1, 3-1 (twice), 5-2 and 2-1 as well as the three naps, taking his earnings to 104.38 in that time.
HE WINS WEEK AFTER WEEK: Only last week Daqman completed five winning days out of six, and before that had made three consecutive days profit (107 points) at Glorious Goodwood.
DARING 14.0 BEST BET AT SALISBURY: Follow Daqman race by race as he sifts through a day of chaff, hoping to find another nap. His verdict? A 14.0 offer at Salisbury on BETDAQ!
4.05 Salisbury (Upavon Fillies Stakes): Three-year-olds, which are 7-3 up in this race in the last decade, put up a trio of possibilities today, led by likely odds-on favourite, Emirates Queen.
Her second already in a Listed like this to Windsor Forest fourth Barefoot Lady is a cut above what others in this race have achieved.
The snag with going in big today is that rain could materially alter the ground – or stay away – as it continues to curse this Flat season for the punter.
Oojooba looks exposed but a third three-year-old, Qaadira, trained by John Gosden returns in a hood after a long absence, with Sheikh Hamdan looking for some black type for his Mr Greeley filly.
4.40 Salisbury Three-year-olds have a huge record in this (six out of seven) and an improving filly at this time of the year is something to be on. So Monopoli could be the eponymous good thing here.
But Oetzi is a massive offer at 14.0 on BETDAQ this morning. Trainer Alan Jarvis is in great form (five winners in the last fortnight) and the jockey he’s booked, Michael Murphy, is one of the finds of the season.
Oetzi went very close in a CD handicap last season, and AW runs can be forgiven. Clealry laid out for this return to Salisbury.
5.20 Gowran Park: Ballydoyle has scored seven times in this race in the last decade, and goes for the hat-trick today after quality wins with subsequent Derby winners Treasure Beach (Irish Derby) and Daddy Long Legs (UAE Derby) in the last two years.
At least we know the ground here (awful), and Performance could have most to fear from another Mr Greeley animal, Jim Bolger’s Bunreacht. Bolger also loves this meeting, as we’ll see later on.
5.35 Kempton Park (Win Big With Betdaq Multiples Apprentice Handicap): Is this the race to complete a short-priced treble with Emirates Queen and Performance? The betting says beware.
The four runners are separated by only 1.43 points as I linger on the orange with my cursor, though I suspect something will take off in the BETDAQ market later in the day.
Daneking is back to a trip that suits; Moment In Time back to Polytrack, on which she won her maiden (but this is the newly-laid ‘clinker’ Kempton remember!)
Yanabeeaa looks out of it but has the impressive Darren Egan aboard and is wearing first-time visors. The Baronet is the potential improver of the race.
6.05 Kempton Park (Back or Lay At betdaq.com Handicap): Dean Ivory trained the winner of this last season and Hill Of Dreams did good on the course first time out this year, though there hasn’t been a penny for her since.
This course winner (15.5 on BETDAQ this morning) was well in arrears of Casa Bex at Leicester, though might have been placed had her saddle not slipped and she could be a different proposition after that run back, her first since March.
6.25 Gowran Park: This race has been farmed by Jim Bolger (four wins in the decade from five runners) at marvelous prices: 7-1, 6-1, 7-2, 5-2.
What stops me napping his Livia Galilei is the presence of less-exposed sorts in Shelford and All That Rules.
6.35 Kempton Park (Betdaq Mobile Apps Median Auction Maiden Stakes): Tropical Song is another likely odds-on favourite on a difficult day for punters, particularly as there is a Subtle Difference between first and second runs for two-year-olds from Andrew Balding’s yard.
6.55 Gowran Park (Hurry Harriett Stakes): Three-year-olds are 3-1 up in this race but, though they have the majority of runners, the four-year-old Chrysanthemum is paper favourite to beat them.
This is a haven of collateral form: Aaraas, Chrysanthemum, Devotion, Shebella, Soon and Twirl have all raced against each other before.
Chrysanthemum was beaten by the three-year-olds, including Soon, when they were getting lumps of weight over CD in the Spring. They are not so well off now but, on the other hand, should have improved.
Shortly afterwards Aaraas got within a length of the subsequent Ribblesdale winner Princess Highway (beat The Fugue six lengths).
But Aaraas hasn’t gone on from that and was behind Shebella (Soon fourth) when they were second and third at Naas.
It’s a real headache of a race but, apart from her consistency and the revision of the weights, Chrysanthemum is the one most likely to perform on the ground. The dark horse, also a winner on soft, is the grey filly Alla Speranza, who ran in the Newmarket Guineas.
7.05 Kempton Park (Betdaq Casino Games Handicap London Mile Qualifier): This is a handicap in name but a maiden for all bar Travelling, a winner at Wolverhampton at this time last year. I’m not Trusting these or Breaking The Bank to have a bet.
NAP VERDICT: I shall raise my stakes in the 10-furlong handicap at Salisbury to jackpot level (to win 40 points). I think Oetzi has been laid out for the race, and any other nap from my selections would be odds-on. The rest are each-way only bets.
BET 1.8pts win and place QAADIRA (4.05 Salisbury)
WIN-40 JACKPOT: 3pts win (nap) OETZI and 1pt win (stakes saver) MONOPILI (4.40 Salisbury)
BET 1.3pts win and place HILL OF DREAMS (6.05 Kempton Park)
BET 3.5pts win and place ALLA SPERANZA (6.55 Gowran Park)
DAQ MULTIPLES: 4 x 1pt win trebles and 1pt win acca Emirates Queen (4.05 Salisbury), Performance (5.20 Gowran Park), Livia Galilei (6.25 Gowran Park), Tropical Song (6.35 Kempton Park)
* Daqman’s selections are backed to win 20 points (unless otherwise stated) so, if you divide 20 by his stake, you know the Betdaq offer taken at the time of writing.
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