3-1 SUPERNAP WINS AFTER BETDAQ BEST BET WORKS OUT AT 6.0: Daqman is in Amazing naps form, literally. He followed up Wednesday’s 6.0 BETDAQ best bet with a 3-1 supernap at SP yesterday, Amazing Comedy, for back-to-back big hitters in France.
✔️ WON 19-10 OFTENWORK (Wednesday nap, 6.0 taken on BETDAQ)
✔️ WON 3-1 AMAZING COMEDY (Thursday supernap)
THE IRISH TRAINER WHO CONQUERED ENGLAND AND NOW FRANCE: Daqman, who yesterday tackled racing in the French provinces at Lyon-Parilly and Le Lion D’Angers, is today at Vichy to bring you the story of an Irishman who made good in England and got ahead in France, before sending back a Royal Ascot winner..
Yesterday’s Daqman winners (profit 64.65)
✔️ WON 3-1 AMAZING COMEDY (supernap)
✔️ WON 7-5 JOLY RISK
✔️ WON 1-2 FATHER JAMES
🔹 HOW O’NEILL GOT AHEAD OF THE GAME
🔹 I’M CROWING ABOUT MY BETDAQ 13.0
🔹 SUBLIMIS IS A POSSIBLE BACK AND LAY
HOW O’NEILL GOT AHEAD OF THE GAME
⚠️ LEADING FRENCH TRAINERS Jean-Claude Rouget 25, Christophe Escuder 24, Christophe Ferland 23, Fabrice Vermeulen 22, Frederic Rossi 21, Francis-Henri Graffard 18, Jerome Reynier 18, Henri-Alex Pantall 17, P&F Montfort 15, Philippe Soborg 14, Andrea Marcialis 13, Didier Guillemin 12, Nicolas Caullery 11, Fabrice Chappet 10.
⚠️ LEADING FRENCH JOCKEYS Pierre-Charles Boudot 58, Maxime Guyon 43, Christophe Soumillon 41, Cristian Demuro 30, Anthony Crastus 29, Eddy Hardouin 23, Julien Auge 22.
⭕ 10.45 Vichy Why did Eoghan O’Neill move from Newmarket to France and the open spaces of a 120-acre farm in southern Normandy?
After all, he was from a successful Kildare family and was capable in England of training a 2,000 Guineas runner-up, Vital Equine.
The answer, says O’Neill in a detailed study of French racing on his website, is that there are 260 racecourses in France, with an annual 116-million euros in prizemoney.
Since 2009, O’Neill has won around three million of those euros, enough of a return to build sensational twin stables (said to be one of the best set-ups in the country) with their own all-weather gallop.
What kind of man are we dealing with here? We’re talking former assistant trainer to both Sir Mark Prescott (the knight who plays chess with the handicapper) and John Gosden, the Englishman who made good in America and came home to do even better in England. Such was O’Neill’s enabling!
In 2015, he put his judgment on the line and sent a two-year-old over to Royal Ascot. Suits You won the Chesham Stakes under Cristian Demuro, beating Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore into second place with Ballydoyle.
If there is an opportunity, Eoghan is not averse to a quick trip to UK for a winner at any level, as with Be Ahead who landed a 5f sprint at Wolverhampton in the autumn of last year, after two seconds in France over 6f.
Be Ahead is daughter of the flying machine Dream Ahead, who had more stakes-winning sprinters than any other European sire last year.
In today’s Prix de la Grotte aux Cristaux (Crystal Cave Trophy) at Vichy, Be Ahead -dropped from Listed class – is the only one in the field to have won at 5f.
That’s a tip in itself, but a second indicator is the booking of another ‘flying machine’, Maxime Guyon, currently one of the top two Flat-race riders in France. I took 5.0 on BETDAQ.
Lady Red Moon switches from Marco Botti to Andrea Marcialis after winning at Chelmsford and Newmarket over 7f. Unlikely to have the speed for this but one to watch out for, when back to 7f or so.
I’M CROWING ABOUT MY BETDAQ 13.0
⭕ 12.50 Vichy Another Irish connection today is Ger Lyons’ Dundalk winner, Corvus Glaive, now stabled in France with the Montforts, who are among the top 10 trainers and had a winner at Chantilly on Monday.
Rio Del Jack and Fiburn F are dropping down to claimer level and Firstman has already scored at Pau this year.
I took 13.0 Corvus Glaive on BETDAQ. He’s a comic-book supervillain Black Order crow-creature crossed with a machete. Well, you did ask..
⭕ 1.07 Dieppe A quick look at the jumpers at Dieppe, and another comic-strip figure, Hell Boy. The trailblazing
Francois Nicolle and Angelo Zuliani seem to have been gifted this 2m 6f chase for him.
⭕ 1.24 Vichy Those who oppose Tantpispoureux, well it’s ‘too bad for them.’ Won first two races last Spring and has Pierre-Charles Boudot doing the steering.
He’ll need all of the 8lb he gets from Zarkallani (Christophe Soumillon for Alain de Royer-Dupre), a son of the quirky Arc winner, Zarkava.
Zarkallani won a maiden last May and ran in the French Derby but – also quirky – he had ‘other ideas’ until, though back to form this year at Chantilly in March, he was gelded. I took 8.0 Tantpispoureux and 3.25 Zarkallani in the BETDAQ Sportsbook.
SUBLIMIS IS A POSSIBLE BACK AND LAY
⭕ 1.58 Vichy Arc sixth Soft Light, a high-grade bridesmaid, second in the Hocquart and the Deauville Grand Prix, makes his reappearance at odds-on but has only ever won his maiden, which is always a bad sign.
The back-and-lay boys on BETDAQ might want the early-mouse 7.5 Sublimis, who ‘could be anything’ for Andre Fabre.
Sublimis has a stamina-packed pedigree and I expect them to make use of him, which might be another chance to complete the back-and-lay if the price hasn’t reduced before the race.
10.45 Vichy (win 20)
BET 5pts win BE AHEAD
12.50 Vichy (win 20)
BET 1.6pts win CORVUS GLAIVE
1.07 Dieppe (supernap)
BET 20pts win HELL BOY
1.24 Vichy (win 20, win 10)
BET 3pts win TANTPISPOUREUX
BET 4.5pts win ZAKALLANI
1.58 Vichy (win 20)
BET 3pts win SUBLIMIS
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