PROFITS SOAR TO 140 POINTS WITH 7-2 NAP: Daqman made it eight winning days out of 10 yesterday – hitting 140 points profit – with his nap, Poyle Punch (WON 7-2), winning in a Betdaq-sponsored race at Kempton Park last night.
12 WINNING LAYS OUT OF 13: He opposed another hot favourite, Secrecy (2nd 5-4), to take his current lays sequence to 12 successful from the last 13 for a profit of 103.75 to 10-point level stakes.
Time is running out. Kieren Fallon has stalled recently and Silvestre De Sousa is on an enforced ‘rest’ in the Stewards’ lay-by. The result seems to be an open road for Paul Hanagan to retain his jockeys’ title.
There was a bad start for Fallon today when he lost one of his intended mounts at Brighton, Fire King (3.35). I couldn’t have backed that one anyway, the trainer being without a winner in 10 weeks.
Methayel is good offers at 5.3, the way she won over CD a week ago, and with so many stables in the race out of form, including Michael Bell, who saddles market rival, Twinkled.
Fallon seems to have been called into the last-chance saloon by several struggling yards, particularly at Wolverhampton tonight.
There’s a glint of the gold on the top rung of the jockeys’-title rostrum for Paul Hanagan there: Gold Tobougg (8.40) at a tasty 5.1 on Betdaq, as I write.
It’s easy to ignore Gold Tobougg’s run on heavy ground last time. She’s from an AW family, is David Simcock’s only runner of the day and one of several good chances in Hanagan’s evening stint.
Good Authority has the edge over Brick Dust (Cumani-Fallon) on collateral form but both are exposed, Good Authority giving weight to the three-year-olds and Brick Dust from a yard which does badly at Wolver (0-38 in two years).
Hanagan teams up with William Haggas on Quarrel (8.10) but this one drifted like a dog on a raft this morning, 7-2 paper price, 9.4 as I write.
Ducal has obvious claims but a massive price at 17.5 this morning is Smalljohn, five times a course and distance winner who goes extremely well fresh and has won at Wolver in a higher grade.
Kieren Fallon again has to turn around stable form, if he is to win on Laughing Jack (6.10) and Amoralist (6.40): Ed Dunlop has gone more than three weeks without a winner from 28 runners.
Both Fallon and Jamie Spencer have failed when favourite on Amoralist, Fallon trying to come off a handy position at Kempton and Spencer attempting to make most at Bath. Both finished second.
Amoralist’s head went up in the air at Bath when he seemingly had the race won, and either – or both – of Mutual Regard and Lithograph could improve enough from quiet runs on the course a fortnight ago.
Amoralist at 2-5 won’t cost me much from the burgeoning lays bank if Fallon manages to get him home, and there are several indications that he will need a stick and a carrot.
The carrot’s OK but, as we know, the stick – albeit cod and cardboard – might offend the vengeful Stewards. We are asked to have faith in them in the whips rethink and today’s corruption hearing at a time when the Wetherby inquiry reportedly told Tony McCoy their decision was already ‘made in London.’
More, and massive, disrepute is heading the sport’s way if authority doesn’t get off its high horse: the very suggestion of prejudged hearings could lead to High Court action.
Along with jockeys’ strikes, such action was tipped in this column when the whole sorry business first blew up. No inside information: just the nature of the beast.
Returning to my theme of trainers out of form, and opposing them at around 4-1, I shall have a pound on Benbens (4.30 Carlisle).
Venetia Williams (Credit Swap) hasn’t had a winner for 201 days and, according to the Racing Post’s ‘out of form’ test of runs to ratings, Jim Goldie (Circus Clown) is getting only 17% out of his animals.
Benbens (5.0 as I write) is a ‘glass’ horse – doesn’t stand much training – but does his best when fresh for the Twiston-Davies’ team.
BET 4.6pts win METHAYEL (3.35 Brighton)
BET 5pts win BENBENS (4.30 Carlisle)
LAY to win 10pts AMORALIST (6.40 Wolverhampton)
BET 1.2pts win and place SMALLJOHN, and 0.6pts win (stakes saver) DUCAL (8.10) Wolverhampton)
BET 5pts win (nap) GOLD TOBOUGG (8.40 Wolverhampton)
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