11-4 HIT AFTER SUPERNAP STRIKE: Daqman continued his winner-a-day sequence yesterday, with a second nap up in three days, a tasty 11-4 in the week of his first maximum-stakes supernap of the year.
WON 11-4 TOMMY DE VITO (Thursday nap)
WON 9-4 DIRTY MARTINI (Wednesday in profit)
WON 4-6 BLUE TRAIL (Tuesday maximum-stakes supernap)
DAQ MULTIPLES DOUBLE Today Daqman tries a double on two banker bets, his nap at Doncaster and a hugely-improved Fortune Cookie at Huntingdon.
DREAM STAYER’S WAKE-UP
Another magic mare? Royal Kahala, trained by Peter Fahey, shook up the Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle market by denying Willie Mullins’s Klassical Dream – only fourth – in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park yesterday.
Klassical Dream was eased out to 6.0 in the BETDAQ Sportsbook, toppled as favourite by Champ and Flooring Porter. Royal Kahala moved in to 6.0 for the Mares Hurdle.
Two long-term plans for the Thyestes Chase came to a head-to-head in the final stages when the Martin Brassil plotted Longhouse Poet got the better of Willie Mullins’ Franco De Port by threeparts of a length.
Brassil won this race in 2005 with the subsequent Irish Grand National winner, Numbersixvalverde, who won the Aintree Grand National the following year.
Franco De Port (Daqman’s ‘hidden horse’) was the morning mover (12.5 on BETDAQ in to 9.0).
While bookmakers claimed that Longhouse Poet was the gamble of the race with them (SP 9-1), BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE punters were able to get 14.0 at 1.30pm.
A Gowran Park double was landed by Willie Mullins on the day (at 2-1 and 30-100) in compensation for the demise of his big-race hopes.
HE GAVE SHISHKIN A FRIGHT
⭕ 1.15 Doncaster today Venetia Williams keeps a dignified cool against constant Press assertions that she only wins with soft-heavy-ground horses. It’s something banale for the telly.
I don’t mind this kind of prattle if it means I get better odds about Venetia’s animals when they run on a sound surface!
Her seven-year-old improver Funambule Sivola is only a little fella and loves decent ground: form figures on good and good to soft since wind surgery are 1122.
The two seconds were when runner-up to Shishkin and then First Flow. He momentarily gave Shishkin a fright at Aintree, only two lengths down at the last.
Best form at around 2m and weakened out of the Grade-3 New Year’s Day Chase (2m 4f), won by Vienna Court.
The handicapper has very kindly docked him 4lb after that and he looks sure to get a good tow from front-runner Before Midnight.
King d’Argent doesn’t look the part right now, being beaten a total of 91 lengths the last twice but he was a big improver in the Spring and could bounce back after his two-month holiday.
There was money with the bookies last night for good-ground nine-year-old The Big Bite, third last Spring in the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury.
FORTUNE COOKIE’S LET–OFF
⭕ 2.35 Huntingdon Fortune-Cookie Vienna Court’s back-to-back Cheltenham strikes lofted her 20lb, into the stratosphere of Listed and Graded-chase competition.
Maskada and Vienna Court were the placed horses in that order at Bangor in November but Vienna Court is now rated 8lb higher than her old rival, yet meets her on level terms.
And, though 10lb clear of Pink Legend, she has to give that rival only 2lb. She is also gifting just 4lb to the remaining pair, who are officially a stone and more inferior.
Today’s race was run at Warwick last year when Daqman was on the well-backed winner, Annie Mc, who was also a Fortune Cookie at the time.
Something happened to prompt a 304-day break but Annie Mc looked her old self (but in need of the run) when she returned at Aintree in December and is not the wildest of bets for the Mares Chase at the Cheltenham Festival: BETDAQ Sportsbook 17.0. More to come on that.
1.15 Doncaster (win 10 nap)
BET 8pts win FUNAMBULE SIVOLA
BET 10pts win VIENNA COURT
BET 2pts win double the two above
What are points? Points facilitate a staking plan, which is the secret to creating profit. One point is whatever you choose: a pound, a euro, or whatever ….
Start with a bank and decide how much you can afford to lose over a period of time, and determine the size of your bets accordingly. Daqman makes this variation every day.