SAME STORY OF DAQMAN SUPERNAPS AND BULL’S-EYE HITS: What’s the Daqman story? Maximum-stakes short shots in big races and bull’s-eye bets on handicap outsiders to win 50 points. Daqman went for both at York yesterday, as he took his supernaps success to six in a row and won the Hambleton Handicap at 9-1, taking his value-bets lead over Pricewise to 20-11.
WON 9-1 WHAT’S THE STORY (bull’s-eye bet)
WON 1-3 LAH TI DAR (supernap)
Six supernaps in a row
WON 1-3 LAH TI DAR (Middleton Stakes, York)
WON 10-11 CAPE VICTORY
WON 1-2 PERSIAN KING (French 2,000 Guineas)
WON 2-5 BROOME (Leopardstown Derby Trial)
WON 2-1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (Lingfield Derby Trial)
WON 5-4 CIRCUS MAXIMUS (Dee Stakes)
BALLYDOYLE TRIO NOW HAVE THE EPSOM DERBY IN THE BAG: Daqman warned yesterday that the ‘Dante Could Kill The Derby’ as the last English star fell away and the Ballydoyle trio of Sir Dragonet, Broome and Anthony Van Dyck went clear in the Derby betting. Today’s headlines:
🔹 SURFMAN THE TYPE TO LAND THE LEGER
🔹 IT’S THE STRADIVARIUS STORY PART 2
🔹 BE SURE HABUB HITS THE TRAPS, JIM!
🔹 PLAY TWIST AND STICK WITH DETTORI
SURFMAN THE TYPE TO LAND A LEGER
What price the first three for Ballydoyle! The English challenge for the Epsom Derby was wiped out in the Dante yesterday.
The winner, Telecaster, beat a non-stayer in Too Darned Hot (who now goes for the one-mile Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot), having given up his Irish Guineas chance to go to York.
Telecaster can’t expect to go with the pace at Epsom and outstay the entire Ballydoyle trio. But I do take one colt from yesterday’s race.
Surfman, bred for the Derby trip, looked a real St Leger horse, maybe even a big beast of a Cup horse for next season, and he ran on well, one stride to Too Darned Hot’s two. We’ll follow him and see what happens.
IT’S THE STRADIVARIUS STORY PART 2
3.00 York (Yorkshire Cup) It’s 37 years since Ardross (1981-2) landed back-to-back wins in the Yorkshire Cup, the only horse to do so in its 92-year history.
Ardross was trained by Henry Cecil, but the Cecil the modern racing man remembers is the racehorse Sergeant Cecil, second to Percussionist in 2005 but who then completed a York hat-trick in winning the Cup the following year for Frankie Dettori.
Now Stradivarius can make it another York hat-trick for Dettori after their 2-2 on the Knavesmire last year, following up the Cup with the Lonsdale in August. There seems no reason why 2019 should not be part two of the Stradivarius story.
Since this time 12 months ago, he has landed a five-timer over runners-up rated 117, 112 and 105. Seemingly only Ispolini (116) can get near him today.
But that one owes his rating to a Meydan defeat of Red Galileo (one win in 36 turf races) and his own defeat there, runner-up in the Dubai Gold Cup in March.
Southern France had to play second (and third) fiddle to Kew Gardens last season, while Mootasadir and Aircraft Carrier have to make a big leap from AW sequences, and I think the forecast is Mildenberger, whose pedigree portends a better future now stepped up in trip.
Desert Skyline and his amazing trainer David Elsworth have picked up more money for chasing Stradivarius than many horses earn from winning races. He’s been second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth (twice), following him home seven times altogether, including when three-lengths second in this race last year.
BE SURE HABUB HITS THE TRAPS, JIM!
1.50 York Not another one! I have landed a double I didn’t want in the York sprints so far: Yafta and Tommy Taylor both slowly away! Now here’s one for two-year-olds only. Fillies at that.
There are 12 winners in the race, of which I fancy Lady Fanditha, whose Nottingham win has been boosted by success for the second and third. There’s around 10-1 the win and 5-2 the place on BETDAQ.
Incidentally, I completed a slow-away treble when Bless Him missed the break in the mile handicap. And a four-timer through Albadr (slowly into stride) at Newmarket last night. All money lent to the layers?
2.10 Newbury And another one! A 6f sprint, with the stalls tipping technique (ignore the low five draw) already too well known.
Last year’s winner, Ice Age, has to bounce back but trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton has struck form in May, so it’s highly likely, back to his winning mark. Fille De Reve is prepping for the Ballyogan in June, and four-year-olds haven’t won this race for nine years.
I’m keen on the unbeaten Habub, an expensive buy, who flew home at Lingfield and has been Group-1 entered. I took 3.45 on BETDAQ. A word to Jim Crowley: hit the traps, Jim!
PLAY TWIST AND STICK WITH DETTORI
2.25 York Don’t be misled by the results by stall: 2, 2, 1, 3, 2 in five of the last six seasons. That’s largely down to small fields. Now suddenly the race has blossomed: 12 starters today.
It certainly seems to be a good year for fillies, and this race represents the clamour for black type, below Oaks and Guineas level but, if results are any guide, still with Royal Ascot potential. I can see a couple of Coronation Stakes runners-up among recent winners.
Clerisy, El Gumryah, Magnetic Charm, Natalie’s Joy, Sunday Star and Twist ‘N’ Shake all have entries for that race.
The royal runner, Magnetic Charm, was fourth in the May Hill Stakes but the third filly, just in front of her that day at Doncaster, did nothing for the form when only eighth of 10 in the Musidora on Wednesday.
There was a form boost for the seven-lengths Nottingham winner, Twist ’N’ Shake, when her narrow Newmarket conqueror, Maqsad, won the Pretty Polly there by five lengths.
At the same Newmarket meeting, Clerisy, a half-sister to Expert Eye, was narrowly winning her maiden, and could go on from there, though may need more time.
Natalie’s Joy is already in black type, after a Listed win at Newbury last summer, but for me it’s Twist ‘N’ Shake (2.8 offers for the Gosden-Dettori runner) to win with Clerisy (12.5 taken on BETDAQ) the outsider and a Coral-Ladbroke forecast.
1.50 York (win 20, win 10 place)
BET 2pts win and 4.25pts place LADY FANDITHA
2.10 Newbury (win 20)
BET 8pts win HABUB
2.25 York (win 20)
BET 11pts win TWIST ‘N’ SHAKE
BET 1.75pts win and place CLERISY
3.00 York (supernap)
BET 20pts win STRADIVARIUS
3 x 3pt win doubles and a 1pt win treble
HABUB 2.10 Newbury
TWIST ‘N’ SHAKE 2.25 York
STRADIVARIUS 3.00 York
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