DAQMAN CLAIMS A TAKING SUPERNAP: Daqman made it back-to-back supernaps when Claimantakinforgan (WON 30-100) yesterday. following Dynamite Dollars (WON 10-11) on Tuesday. His rule is that a 70% or better return must be available at the time of making the supernap selection; no shorter than that: yesterday 1.7 was being offered. Daqman had three winners on the day:

WON 11-4 MONBEG CHARMER (5.6 taken on BETDAQ)


Ireland rules ok! I have lived through the two Ages of O’Brien (Vincent and Aidan) and only one thing has changed in the supremacy of the Old Country in both the breeding and the training of the thoroughbred racehorse. Transport.

And, when England and Ireland began to raid the antipodes and they, in turn, brought their speed stars to Royal Ascot, I was advised on my betting by one of the leading Aussie professional punters, Murray Dwyer:

‘You will beat us every time with distance horse, but we will always have the better sprinters’. Such is the breed.

Meanwhile, the Japanese made their big mistake: they bought top stallions and put them with their own second (and third) rate mares.

Then the French shot themselves in the foot (une balle dans le pied) by reducing their Derby distance to 10 furlongs.

Their Classics are velodrome events with the jockeys watching each other then sprinting in the straight. How can you then expect those horses to win King George and Arc. They lack the ‘balles’!

That’s how we stand as the Australian Press continues to bleat about the Irish 1-2-3 in the Melbourne Cup. Unless the rest of the world trains proper racehorses for proper races, there will be more of the same. There will be blood.


1.35 Saint-Cloud Since top French stayer Tac De Boistron (2011) won this near-two-mile test, James Fanshawe (Gale Force) and Willie Mullins (Nichols Canyon) have been over to France and poached the Listed prize.

That’s prompted a three-horse raiding party today from Andrew Balding (St Mary’s), Ralph Beckett (Mistress Quickly) and Tim Easterby, saddling the nine-year-old gelding High Jinx, who used to be with Fanshawe but is now giving away six years to the two others.

He’s spent his days in Group company, since winning the Prix du Cadran for Fanshawe just before a length defeat to Tac De Boistron in the Royal-Oak of three years ago. High Jinx was fourth in this year’s Cadran in September.

Beckett makes a bold late move to get some black type for the lightly-raced Mistress Quickly, who showed that she stays when scoring at Newbury in July but that was a class-3 handicap.

It’s an even bigger leap for the class-4 winner St Mary’s. She’s won twice at around today’s trip but has only ever succeeded on ground described as ‘good.’

Beckett’s is the stable for fillies and he’s the man in form, with current figures in three days of 124103100.


1.20 Warwick Rebecca Curtis thinks that Just A Thought could be a Grand National horse one day, and steps the mare up in trip this afternoon.

Last year Nick Williams spotted the allowances available to a mare in this race and won it with a five-year-old carrying 10st 5lb. Here’s Rebecca trying the same trick with a five-year-old off the same 10st 5lb. Just a thought..

1.30 Fontwell David Pipe has promised a revival for Pond House after its fortunes dipped last season, his lowest score since he took over from Martin and landed the Grand National with Comply Or Die. That’s 10 years ago come the 2018 line-up at Aintree.

Pipe is a trainer you need to catch when he’s hot, and his figures since the turn of the month look decent indeed: 120421014041040010, and a 21% strike rate for the last two weeks.

Lady of Longstone (1.30) deserves top weight, reduced by an able claimer, and I took 2.7 in the BETDAQ orange. The offers of 6.0 bar one concerned Roparta Avenue, who is a kinky beast and has won only one race in his life at the age of 10.

3.50 Warwick Kim Bailey had a debutant bumper winner yesterday and Diamond Gait demands a bit of win and place at 10.5 on BETDAQ to keep up the trainer’s run: currently 2134121, still standing.

7.15 Newcastle When the curtain closes on another English Flat season tomorrow, John Gosden will be able to boast one of his best seasons and perhaps his best horse ever in Enable.

The Racing Post’s top (future) rating for this race is his 4.5 BETDAQ offer Pouvoir Magique, who has been fighting against restraint, when running over further.

Could they now give him his head, dropped back in trip? I would, if I were half as good as John Gosden, but his amazing year still didn’t win him the title.

Only one man can claim to be better at the end of this great season, and he had only the second horse home in Melbourne Cup. It’s all in the breeding.

BET 12pts win JUST A THOUGHT (1.20 Warwick)
BET 12pts win (nap) LADY OF LONGSTONE (1.30 Fontwell)
BET at SP: 4pts win on each HIGH JINX and MISTRESS QUICKLY (1.35 Saint-Cloud)
BET 12pts win HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (3.00 Fontwell)
BET 2pts win and place DIAMOND GAIT (3.50 Warwick)
BET 5.75pts win POUVOIR MAGIQUE (7.15 Newcastle)
DAQ MULTIPLES: 2pts win treble JUST A THOUGHT (1.20 Warwick), LADY OF LONGSTONE (1.30 Fontwell) and HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (3.00 Fontwell)

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