BETDAQ IS CHAMPION FOR VALUE ON THE BIG DAY AT ASCOT: Time for a flutter with six great races for quality horses on British Champions Day at Ascot. Daqman analyses every one and points up some particular BETDAQ value but, with overrounds in single figures and zero commission, every horse in every race is value for money.
DAQMAN ALREADY CHAMPION BUT STILL HUNTING WINNERS: Daqman leads Pricewise 47-28 on winners, so sure to be champion of the Flat season, but the day could count big for the gap between their returns which (to 10-point level stakes) is +241.86 profit to Daqman and -177.84 loss to Pricewise. Daqman wants 50 winners and a 500 margin before the season ends! Headlines:
🔹 SEARCH TO FIND OUT STRADIVARIUS
🔹 STOUTE DREAM OF LATE DEVELOPER
🔹 NO, NOT MAGICAL BUT WONDERFUL
🔹 ROLL UP FOR A DETTORI PIER SHOW
🔹 PLAYING RIFF FOR CHAMPION MUSIC
🔹 ROCK-SOLID ABC FOR THE HANDICAP
SEARCH TO FIND OUT STRADIVARIUS
⭕ 1.20 Ascot (British Champions Long Distance Cup, 2m)
STALLS 1, 2, 3, 4 have shared 8 out of 10 winners.
AGE: 4 and 5 six out of nine.
TRAINERS: Aidan O’Brien 3, John Gosden and Dermot Weld 2 each.
JOCKEYS: Frankie Dettori 2.
1️⃣ Search For A Song Dermot Weld improver who already has the edge on several opponents today on Irish St Leger form and lines to it.
Sovereign was favourite but faded after trying front-running tactics again. Search For A Song won it from Fujaira Prince, who led in the last quarter mile but was run out of it.
2️⃣ Stradivarius Top rated off 125 and won this in 2018 as part of 10 wins-in-a-row sequence which ended in this race last year and just two out of the last six now.
However, June prep for his third Gold Cup win was defeat over shorter and it was same again in his Arc trial before failing to cope with sprint finish after slow-run Arc in the mud.
3️⃣ Dawn Patrol Third in the Irish Derby which gives him the class; winner of his first attempt at 2m three weeks back at the Curragh which gives him the stamina; but may need drying ground. Ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot who has landed an incredible 196 winners this year.
4️⃣ Spanish Mission Doncaster Cup winner in the absence of Stradivarius, who had beaten him nearly seven lengths in the Goodwood Cup. Another not proven on soft-heavy.
Morando Place chance. Form on soft-heavy 1332121 and step up in trip could suit, but I think Search For A Song and Stradivarius are the ones to fight out first place.
BETDAQ betting exchange value 7.8 Search For A Song
STOUTE DREAM OF LATE DEVELOPER
⭕ 1.55 Ascot (Champion Sprint, 6f)
STALLS 9, 10, 12, 14 six out of 10; and 3, 4, 6 three. AGE: 3, 4, 5, 6. TRAINERS: James Fanshawe 2.
FORTUNE COOKIES: Art Power, Dream of Dreams.
DISTANCE: if the ground remains on the heavy side, I can’t have the 6f-only winners Oxted, Starman, Art Power, The Tin Man, Joska, Brando, Dubai Station.
1️⃣ Dream of Dreams Cracking late developer from Sir Michael Stoute, likes Ascot and soft ground, following second in the Diamond Jubilee with success in the Hungerford Stakes (7f) and the Haydock Sprint.
After gelding in the close season has been able to leave well behind his eighth in last year’s Haydock Sprint and poor 16 of 17 in this Champions Sprint at 20-1.
2️⃣ One Master It’s that man again, Pierre-Charles Boudot, on that amazing mare again, One Master, second in this race last year after winning the Foret (7f very soft), middle leg of the mare’s treble in that race at the Arc meeting.
Probably just short again of the speed required for this Champion Sprint but the Boudot brain will have been plotting .
3️⃣ Glen Shiel Fourth in the Balmoral Handicap on this card (1m) last year, and led the Buckingham Palace field (7f) to almost a furlong out at the royal meeting in June, has improved more than a stone since concentrating on 6f and was little more than a length off Dream of Dreams in the Haydock Sprint Cup.
4️⃣ Onassis Cape Byron has won four times at Ascot – kept fresh for this – but, if there is to be a shock outsider, as in the last two years, Onassis, the low-drawn mount of Hayley Turner, intrigues as a second-season hold-up filly with strong acceleration on soft.
NO, NOT MAGICAL BUT WONDERFUL
⭕ 2.30 Ascot, (Champion Fillies And Mares, 1m 4f)
STALLS: 2 has won three; 11 has won three!
AGE: 3-y-o six, 4yo three.
TRAINERS: John Gosden (2), Aidan O’Brien (2).
JOCKEYS: Ryan Moore 3, Frankie Dettori 2.
RATINGS: Nothing within 7lb of the majestic Magical, who goes in search of bigger scalps and leaves this race to such as her O’Brien stablemate, Laburnum, who looks best outsider at 14.5. She has these four to beat:
1️⃣ Wonderful Tonight Behind Dame Malliot and Laburnum in the Vermeille, but has not been beaten on heavy ground since her debut, improving dramatically to take her first Group 1 in the Royallieu at the Arc meeting in only the seventh race of her career.
2️⃣ Dame Malliot I’d styled my Fortune Cookie’s list for the Vermeille winner, Tarnawa, to win this but the third filly home in Paris is left with the baton. The imposing half-sister to Banksea won a Group 2 for Hollie Doyle, the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes, at the July Meeting.
3️⃣ Thundering Nights Pista, runner-up to Wonderful Tonight in Paris, is replaced for this by stablemate Thundering Nights, who has raced as if needing this stamina test, as suggested by her pedigree.
4️⃣ Even So Collateral form leaves Even So with plenty to do. Fifth in the Vermeille and winner of the Naas Oaks over Laburnum at a shorter trip. Won the Irish Oaks easily but the runner-up had earlier been no match for Tarnawa, despite 10lb age allowance, at Cork.
BETDAQ betting exchange value: 6.8 Wonderful Tonight, 14.5 Laburnum
ROLL UP FOR A DETTORI PIER SHOW
⭕ 3.05 Ascot, (QEII Champions Mile)
STALLS 6, 7, 8 six out of 10; high numbers the last two years.
AGE: 3yo seven, 4yo two in the decade.
TRAINERS: John Gosden (2), Aidan O’Brien (2).
JOCKEYS: Frankie Dettori
In a race the favourite has won six times in nine years, it looks like another clash between Frankie Dettori (Palace Pier) and Pierre-Charles Boudot (The Revenant).
1️⃣ Palace Pier Unbeaten in five starts, making a two-stone leap in the ratings from his reappearance as a handicapper in June to a remarkable double of St James’s Palace Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois (heavy).
In the Deauville race he beat Alpine Star (beaten short-neck by Tarnawa in the Opera) and Circus Maximus (by almost six lengths).
2️⃣ The Revenant Runner-up in the race last year and six wins out of nine overall. Following the same pattern as last season, winner at the Arc meeting (Prix Daniel Wildenstein double) then coming on to this. Five wins were for Boudot, four on very soft or heavy.
3️⃣ Nazeef Six out of six over a mile, including Group-1 pair, Falmouth and Sun Chariot, both on the Rowley Mile, both on soft or heavy, beating into second a 1,000 Guineas winner in one and a 1,000 Guineas runner-up in the other.
4️⃣ Century Dream Beaten close home by Roaring Lion in this race two years ago and won Celebration Mile at Goodwood (soft) in August.
Veracious, fourth in 2019 but not in the same form this season, and fourth is the best you can hope for again.
BETDAQ betting exchange value: 7.4 The Revenant, 20.0 Century Dream
PLAYING RIFF FOR CHAMPION MUSIC
⭕ 3.40 Ascot, Saturday (Champion Stakes, 1m 2f)
STALLS: 3, 4, 5 share six winners.
AGE: Only one winner over the age of five (2006) since 1887.
TRAINERS: John Gosden (2).
JOCKEYS: Frankie Dettori (2).
FORTUNE COOKIES: Addeybb
1️⃣ Mishriff Lightly raced, landed 2020 hat-trick, including French Derby, extending advantage over the runner-up in a Group 2 on heavy at Deauville in August, an impressive performance by such a good-actioned colt.
2️⃣ Magical Three-year-olds like Mishriff have won only twice in the decade, and Magical has found flaws in Addeybb and Ghaiyyath in last year’s English Champion Stakes and this year’s Irish Champion (Japan well beaten). Ran Enable to threeparts of a length in the 2019 Coral-Eclipse.
3️⃣ Addeybb Beaten threeparts of a length by Magical in a battle for last year’s Champion Stakes on the soft. Six now and second to Lord North at Royal Ascot but dangerous at his best.
4️⃣ Skalletti Heavy-ground double in France, including defeat of subsequent Arc winner Sotsass (prep race) at Deauville in August. Late improver, ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot.
Lord North Cambridgeshire winner and second in the Balmoral Handicap on today’s card last year, climbed into top bracket with Brigadier Gerard and Prince Of Wales’s double, so that officially top-rated here off 123, but giving weight to the top two.
Serpentine (won Epsom Derby of non-stayers) and Japan switched to this after missing the Arc because of contaminated-feedstuffs inquiry.
Pyledriver Drops back in trip, after winning the ‘Ascot Derby’ King Edward V11 Stakes and Great Voltigeur. Not to be underestimated.
BETDAQ betting exchange value: 5.6 Mishriff
ROCK-SOLID ABC FOR THE HANDICAP
⭕ 4.15 Ascot (Balmoral Handicap, 1m)
STALLS 1, 3, 4 three out of six.
AGE: None over five, but no three-year-old winner.
TRAINERS: David O’Meara (2).
FORTUNE COOKIES: Raaeq.
Alternative Fact Good form in top handicaps, including third in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup.
Bell Rock Third in the Cambridgeshire and sixth in the Royal Hunt Cup. Cheekpieces first time. Ground a worry
King Ottokar. Hidden horse, third in a Group 3 at Royal Ascot last summer. Dropped out of the pattern into handicaps at York (not clear run). Must have soft ground.
Njord Has won on soft-heavy at this time of year; second in two top handicaps at the 2020 Galway Festival and close-up fifth, not clear run, in the Irish Cambridgeshire.
Raaeq Up 17lb for back-to-back wins at Sandown and Ascot (soft) and has to break new ground for the three-year-olds, which include Keats and River Nymph.
Raising Sand Fifteen races at Ascot. Third Royal Hunt Cup and winner of the International last summer for Nicola Currie. Saffie Osborne claim puts him well in. Nicola Currie switches to Graignes, fourth in the 2019 French 2,000 Guineas (wind surgery after move to George Baker)
Solid Stone ‘He’ is 2-4 since gelded and strong wins over further. Well drawn and Hollie Doyle booked. Ground a worry.
Tempus Back-to-back wins at Ascot and Newbury, drops back to a mile after good effort, sixth, in the Cambridgeshire.
BETDAQ betting exchange value: 15.0 Bell Rock, 31.0 Raising Sand
(Bet 20pts win)
1.55 ART POWER
1.55 DREAM OF DREAMS (nap)
1.20 Ascot (win 50)
BULL’S-EYE BET 7.25pts win SEARCH FOR A SONG
2.30 Ascot (win 50)
BULL’S-EYE BET 8.6pts win WONDERFUL TONIGHT
BULL’S-EYE BET 3.7pts win LABURNUM
3.05 Ascot (win 50)
BULL’S-EYE BET 7.8pts win THE REVENANT
BULL’S-EYE BET 2.5pts win CENTURY DREAM
3.40 Ascot (win 20)
BET 4.25pts win MISHRIFF
4.15 Ascot (win 50)
BULL’S-EYE BET 3.5pts win BELL ROCK
BULL’S-EYE BET 1.6pts win RAISING SAND
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