195-POINT FORTUNE COOKIES HAUL INCLUDES 7-1 ARAMON STRIKE: After a frustrating day on Wednesday when Kameko was hampered out of the Sussex Stakes, Daqman landed a really fancy 2-2 Fortune Cookies double yesterday, with the Nassau Stakes winner at Goodwood and the Galway Hurdle winner at 9.5 on BETDAQ for 195 points profit at SP. He had opened the Goodwood meeting with another Fortune Cookies strike at 13-8. Details:
WON 13-8 BATTLEGROUND (Vintage Stakes, Goodwood, Tuesday)
WON 11-4 FANCY BLUE (Nassau Stakes, Goodwood, Thursday)
WON 7-1 ARAMON (Galway Hurdle, Thursday, from 9.5 BETDAQ)
🔹 MOORE’S NASSAU FANCY FOR BLUE
🔹 ARAMON IS A HANDICAP STANDOUT
DAQMAN NOW 25-10 AHEAD OF PRICEWISE AND 303 POINTS CLEAR: Daqman’s big-race double yesterday took him 303 points clear of Pricewise of the Racing Post in their value-picking head-to-head. The scores are 25-10 to Daqman, again with the winners recorded at SP (Daqman 66.73 in profit; Pricewise loss 236.50). The Daqman profits are much bigger at BETDAQ offers taken, like Sunday’s Jeremiah (WON 8-1 from 12.0) but we only record what all punters could have had for certain. Be a BETDAQ bettor instead!
🔹 THANKYOU FOR 7.9 OFFERS ALTHIQA
🔹 JOHNSTON CARD BIG AT BETDAQ 24.0
🔹 COLT GUNNING FOR BATTAASH: 35.0
🔹 COMMUNIQUE IN REPEAT ENCOUNTER
🔹 WHICH ONE OF WILLIE’S DIAMONDS..
THANKYOU FOR 7.9 OFFERS ALTHIQA
⭕ 1.45 Goodwood (Oak Tree Stakes) Only once in 40 years has this race been won by an older horse, yet the first two in the overnight market were aged five and six, Breathtaking Look and One Master, and Ryan Moore is on another five-year-old, Agincourt.
It’s currently 5-5, five each to three and four year olds in the decade, with the French winning three years in succession (2015-17).
Their runner today, Wasmya, is only Listed level and it would be unusual for a French filly to excel on firm ground.
Valeria Messalina won the Brownstown (Group 3) at Cork, while Under The Stars drops back to 7f, having won over that distance at Haydock on firmish ground.
Althiqa (BETDAQ 6.9 taken) finished third that day but, after waiting for room, was bumped inside the final furlong, her only defeat in four starts. With trip and going in his favour, One Master is a big threat
JOHNSTON CARD BIG AT BETDAQ 24.0
⭕ 2.45 Goodwood (Golden Mile) Another race where older horses rarely win (2-10) but five-year-old, firm-ground-lover Cardsharp, dropped 10lb, came back to form, third in the International at Ascot last week.
Cardsharp is usually reckoned a 7f horse, so will be a big price today but looks to have strengthened this year and may now need this easy mile.
Trained out of stall 5 by Mark Johnston, who also saddles last year’s Golden Mile runner-up, Vale Of Kent, another aged five, and coming from the stall (3) which completed a hat-trick in the race. So Johnston plays aces again.
Vale Of Kent is 6lb higher but was fourth recently in the Royal Hunt Cup with the same weight as he carries today, and is now 7lb better off with the runner-up, four-year-old Montatham, who has since turned around the placings with the Hunt Cup winner at Sandown.
The handicapper also knows Sir Busker through that Sandown race. He comes out a bit behind Montatham but has much the better draw, assuming one or other of those Johnston aces play their hand and the far rail breaks early.
Another four-year-old, the morning favourite, penalised Prompting, has shot up 17lb for class-4 wins back to back, the last of them only six days ago. The same stable’s Baltic Baron was well behind in the Hunt Cup but has blinkers first time today.
Cliffs Of Capri probably spent his chance today when second in Saturday’s International; he’s now 8lb higher than his last winning mark, though this quick run back saves him 2lb.
Verdict: It’s Johnston for me. Vale Of Kent (9.8 offers), last year’s runner-up out of stall 17, could get the run of the race from the lucky gate 3, and stablemate Cardsharp under William Buick looks huge at 24.0 on BETDAQ this morning.
Montatham may continue to improve and is the only one of which you might say: could yet be a Group horse in a handicap.
COLT GUNNING FOR BATTAASH: 35.0
⭕ 3.15 Goodwood (King George Stakes) Battaash goes for a four-timer in this. He’s frightened away the opposition and there are only seven runners, maybe just five or six, depending on how much they watered the course overnight.
Ornate, third last year, and Liberty Beach, also third to Battaash in the Kings Stand last month, are expected to fight out runner-up spot.
Glass Slippers won the Abbaye on the soft, but Ken Colt (first-time tongue-tie), a long way behind that day, has a sire whose progeny does well on a sound surface. At 35.0 I’ll have a pound in case Battaash doesn’t perform. It happens.
COMMUNIQUE IN REPEAT ENCOUNTER
⭕ 3.45 Goodwood Last year’s winner, Desert Encounter was a big price, so not expected when running well, third in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at the July Meeting, going soft (Alounak fifth).
But the second horse home, Communique, had won the race the year before on firm, with Desert Encounter third again.
Since that race is a Grade higher than today’s, I take Communique (BETDAQ 4.1), three years younger and with Mark Johnston in top form, compared with David Simcock’s current 1-21.
Simcock’s last two favourites have both been beaten and he’s had two seconds and three thirds in that time from 13 runners, so missing strike badly.
WHICH ONE OF WILLIE’S DIAMONDS..
⭕ 6.15 Galway (Guinness Hurdle) Four Willie Mullins horses at the front of the market. Diamond Hill is three times a winner at Galway and the trainer has won this race four years out of seven.
Apart from one blip, nothing over the age of six has scored in the decade and I couldn’’t see for the life of me why stablemate Canardier should be overnight favourite. The penny may drop afterwards (that’s the fate of all poor punters).
The best form in the good book about My Sister Sarah is Punchestown not Galway but she prepped here on the Flat four days ago.
So, too, Great White Shark, third in this race last year and also third in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham.
Gavin Cromwell fancies Flooring Porter as probably his best chances of the week, but I can’t get away from Diamond Hill: BETDAQ 7.5 taken.
1.45 Goodwood (win 20, win 10)
BET 2.75pts win ALTHIQA
BET 5pts win ONE MASTER
2.45 Goodwood (win 50, win 10)
BULL’S-EYE BET 5.5pts win VALE OF KENT
BULL’S EYE BET: 2.2pts win CARDSHARP
BET 1.5pts win MONTATHAM
3.15 Goodwood (win 50, win 10 place)
BULL’S-EYE BET 1.4pts win and 2pts place KEN COLT
3.45 Goodwood (win 20 supernap)
BET 6pts win COMMUNIQUE
6.15 Galway (win 20)
BET 3pts win DIAMOND HILL
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