8-1 HIT MAKES IT FOUR WINNING DAYS OUT OF FIVE: Captain Scooby (WON 8-1) yesterday put Daqman in front at Betdaq offers taken for the fourth day out of five, following success with Coolminx (WON 12-1) and an 11-4 nap. Daqman also has six lays up out of seven.
CAMBRIDGESHIRE NINEPINS: Only nine horses on Saturday’s card have the three qualities needed to win the Cambridgeshire, according to past records. Here is Daqman’s short list, based on the following stats:
A: Seven of the last nine winners were rated 95 to 102.
B: 27 of the last 30 winners were in the frame last time out.
C: Three and four year olds have won 23 out of the last 30.
BELGIAN BILL: Lightly raced, with both wins at Doncaster (7f and 1m) on a firm surface, but ran second in a nursery at Newmarket.
Drops back in grade from a Group-2 Polytrack International in Turkey sponsored by the French Jockey Club, in which he was just outpaced over 1m 2f by Lingfield Derby Trial winner, Dordogne. Trained George Baker.
CIRCUMVENT: Beaten nine lengths in this race, won by Credit Swap, last year when it was run on soft ground. He had the worst draw in stall 1.
Sent into the Pattern after winning over 1m 2f at Newmarket last summer but twice failed to get involved in the finish at Group level and best show was third in a Listed, the Doonside Cup at Ayr.
Returned to form at Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting in August and won a nine-furlong handicap at Goodwood at class-2 level. Trained Paul Cole.
CLUB OCEANIC: Behind Jeremy Noseda stablemate Dare To Dance in the market but that one is struggling to get in, with horses needing to come out. Full brother to Group-3 winner Mac Love.
Lightly raced and best performance last time out in a class-2 handicap at Doncaster (1m 2f) when he beat the consistent Chain Lightning, despite losing ground at the start.
MAN OF ACTION: Only eight races on his CV, returning to his good three-year-old form when winning at Doncaster last time out over a mile.
Runner-up that day, Eton Forever, had won the Spring Mile and was a decent fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup. Man Of Action is trained by Roger Varian.
MAQARAAT: Won an ordinary maiden for Barry Hills at Haydock in June but interesting that he’d been pitched into the Group-3 Dee Stakes at Chester (1m 2f plus).
The winner, Glen’s Diamond, had beaten Belgian Bill less than a length in a nursery last summer. Maqaraat is now trained by Charles Hills.
MARAHEB: Just five races in his life, improving this year from a class-5 maiden to class-4 and then class-3 handicaps, in the latter winning by five lengths, despite a slow start. Improver with John Dunlop but needs to find more.
PINTURA: Comes well into it on his narrow defeat, third, at Goodwood over a mile when Proponent was second and Man Of Action was sixth. Another good run at York last time out.
But Pintura looks well exposed for a four-year-old after 31 races, now off his highest handicap mark. Trained David Simcock.
QUESTIONING: John Gosden won this back to back with Pipedreamer (2007) and Tazeez, following on from Halling in 1994.
Fifth behind Derby winner Pour Moi in a French Group 2 in the Spring, he faded into third (1m 2f good to soft) in the Tattersalls Millions Cup at Newmarket. Narrowly beaten by a Group-2 winner in a mile Listed last time out.
RED GULCH: In the frame seven times in his last nine starts but has won only up to a mile, and his best success was on the Kempton Polytrack. Six lengths or so adrift in the Bunbury Cup in July. Trained by Ed Walker.
LAY to win 10pts HALF A BILLION (3.30 Beverley)
BET (to win 20 points): 2.3pts win and place TROPICAL DUKE (5.00 Beverley)
DAQ MULTIPLES: 5pts win on each and 5pts win double BILLYRAYVALENTINE (2.20 Folkestone) and EMKANAAT (3.20 Folkestone)