BACK-TO-BACK SUPERNAPS AND 16-1 WINNER: Daqman completed a fabulous weekend when, just as on Saturday, he landed his supernap and a big handicap winner yesterday, this one at 16-1. Two-day profit: 73.54.
WON 7-1 RIPP ORF
WON 8-15 ENABLE (supernap)
WON 16-1 FRANCIS XAVIER
WON 4-9 LIMATO (supernap)
TODAY: THE COUNTDOWN TO TWO ST LEGERS: There’s a big week ahead, with the Doncaster St Leger meeting starting on Wednesday and, alongside Saturday’s Leger itself, the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, then Irish St Leger day at the Curragh on Sunday. More value hunting for Daqman against Pricewise (current score 68-22, with Daqman +106 and Pricewise -103).
WHO IS THRIVING ON TOWN MOOR?
It’s Leger week. But there are three full days of Doncaster, Wednesday-Friday, before we even get to Saturday’s final Classic.
The St Leger star trainers are Aidan O’Brien (5), John Gosden (4) and Saeed Bin Suroor (4) and the jockeys are Frankie Dettori (5), Andrea Atzeni (2), William Buick (2).
But who usually farms the first three days on Town Moor, who among the leading stables and in-form riders are worth following? Here are the winners in the decade:
TRAINERS: Roger Varian has 14 entries Tuesday to Friday, with Thriving interesting as doubly engaged Doncaster Thursday and Salisbury Friday.
10 wins Roger Varian; 9 Richard Fahey, John Gosden;
6 Jeremy Noseda, Saeed Bin Suroor; 5 Michael Bell,
Luca Cumani, Willie Haggas, Sir Michael Stoute and David Simcock
JOCKEYS: Andrea Atzeni has been booked for Thriving at Doncaster on Thursday, and he and Varian are the winningmost combination at the entire Leger meeting.
14 wins Andrea Atzeni; 13 Jamie Spencer; 11 Frankie Dettori; 10 Ryan Moore; 9 William Buick, Paul Hanagan, Silvestre de Sousa; 5 Jim Crowley and Tom Queally.
LIVING THE BRIGHTON DREAM
3.05 Brighton It’s a Monday alright. The highest grade at Brighton is 5 although in fairness to the 3.05 race it’s more like 4 1/2 !!
Just six runners but it looks competitive and most of them are course specialists including Good Luck Charm who won this last year off a 5lb higher mark and was also a course and distance winner last time out when beating Black Caesar a length a quarter. With a 3lb swing in the weights it’s hard to say which one of the pair will come out on top.
Both face a tough rival though in the form of Dream Catching who was the impressive winner of a maiden here last month, taking the field apart on quick ground. The Andrew Balding trained runner looks still capable of finding further improvement as has less miles on the clock than several of his rivals.
Kachumba is 2 from 3 here at Brighton and despite being out of sorts in her last two races could easily bounce back to form here with De Sousa riding her for the first time.
5.15 Brighton As the ground quickens up we’ve seen three defectors leaving another six runner contest.
It could well be at the mercy of Solveig’s Song who stayed on really well to win over course and distance seven days ago and is out again quickly under the 6lb statutory penalty.
Jockey Jason Watson is an apprentice to follow and the combination can again prove too strong for chief market rival Imbucato who was a winner here two starts ago but was 5 1/4 lengths behind Solveig’s Song last week.
7.15 Chelmsford This class 2 handicap is another sign of the quality threshold increasing at Chelmsford (née Great Leighs).
Despite the big field and competitive market it might not take much winning with a lot of the field arriving in poor recent form.
The exception being the Sir Michael Stoute trained / Ryan Moore ridden Georgian Manor who might be worth chancing again over the mile trip – despite being beaten at Pontefract on his first step up to this distance last time out.
He’s got a couple of decent bits of all-weather form to his name including when making the long odds-on Emblazoned pull out all the stops at Lingfield and that one has gone on to finish third in a Group 2 at Haydock and most recently third to Eqtidaar in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot !!
It’s quite possible that Georgian Manor turns out to be a much better horse on the all-weather than the turf and if that’s the case he looks undoubtedly well handicapped at present.
BET 11pts win (nap) DREAM CATCHING (3.05 Brighton)
BET 9.75pts win SOLVEIG’S SONG (5.15 Brighton)
BET 4pts win GEORGIAN MANOR (7.15 Chelmsford)
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