13 WINS AT CHELTENHAM AND 17 DAYS WITH WINNER A DAY: Daqman was second at 4-1, 14-1 and 22-1 before he landed late winner Early Doors (WON 5-1) on a difficult day at Cheltenham yesterday. He had 13 returns at the four-day meeting, and has now gone 17 consecutive days with at least one winner per day for a total of 36 hits.
DAQMAN NOW HAS DOUBLE THE PRICEWISE JUMPING TALLY: Cheltenham finished with Daqman leading Pricewise 44-22 (profit: Daqman +36, Pricewise +8). The new Flat season starts at Doncaster on Saturday, March 30 so, as far as this challenge goes, the fat lady sings for the Jumps season on March 29.
76-POINTS PROFIT ANTE-POST: NEW FOCUS IS THE NATIONAL: Today the Daqman v Pricewise collision course is Uttoxeter for the Midlands Grand National. But first Daqman checks out the markets for the Grand National proper at Aintree after the Cheltenham results. Daqman made a profit of 76.00 on ante-post bets at the festival. He has two left for a Spring Double!
FLY NATIONAL SECOND FAVOURITE
So near and yet so far. Anabale Fly (Gold Cup 2nd 22-1) was a 440-point near miss for the Fortune Cookies yesterday and is the last of the existing NH ante-post bets placed in this column, the only one for the Grand National.
Some layers were as low as 10-1 second favourite for Aintree after yesterday’s staying-on second past Bristol De Mai and Native River on the run-in.
Anibale Fly was 13.0 on BETDAQ last night ahead of a decision on whether to run him in three weeks’ time.
Ante-post Win-100: 4pts win CLON COULIS (Lincoln Handicap)
Ante-post Win-100: 6pts win ANIBALE FLY (Grand National)
BALLYDINE LOOKS MADE FOR THIS
3.35 Uttoxeter (Midlands Grand National) David Pipe landed four in a row (2011-14), including with the only favourite to score in the decade.
The stable has been out of form (0-19) but there was more than a glimmer of its ability when Eamon An Cnoic was a close fourth at Cheltenham on Thursday.
Dell’Arca is now 16lb and 7lb better with the first two – Chef d’Oeuvre and Back To The Thatch – following his third at Haydock in December, and has had a long break since.
Harry Fry had three hits in five days just before Cheltenham and American, who won the novices (at 2.25) here on this day last year, swerves Cheltenham for this (ran in the Gold Cup last year): 12.5 offers.
Ballydine (at 15.0 this morning) should relish this step up in trip. Was being trained for the 4m NH Chase last year but things went wrong and he was off the track 301 days before improving his rating 7lb with places in the Mandarin and the Peter Marsh.
Ms Parfois is on a dangerous mark if back to her best, a sequence winner who ran second to Rathvinden in the NH Chase at Cheltenham last year: 9.8 taken.
Arthurs Gift is another potential stayer, back to form last time and with the right outfit for a National.
Folsom Blue and Milansbar (twice runner-up in this race) are ever-presents in these stamina tests and either or both could run into a place without having the finishing burst to win at age 12.
FARMER CAN LAND 10.0 RETURN
2.25 Uttoxeter Only one in this field has already won over 3m and on heavy: Captain Cattistock, who might just about turn around Chepstow placings with De Rasher Counter with conditions in his favour.
De Rasher Counter had Polydora a long way behind at Newbury after that one had given weight and a beating to Late Romantic at Newcastle.
A stone down the handicap is the Smiths improver Lough Derg Farmer, reckoned to have ‘a lot of class’, a star handicap stayer in the making. Things haven’t all gone right but he’s just back to winning form and a tasty 10.0 on BETDAQ.
2.40 Kempton (Silver Plate) The last four winners have all come from the high end of the handicap, which suggests that quality will win through.
Burrows Edge was a neck second here on his reappearance and looks well placed to win this for Nicky Henderson, who had four winners at Cheltenham.
Star Of Lanka was fourth in his only handicap, the Lanzarote, over today’s course and distance here at Kempton.
But the one I fancy at 4.5 BETDAQ offers is My Way. I’m not normally keen on maidens but he’s unexposed at this trip and was third to One For Rosie last month.
Rosie went on to Sandown and was beaten a short-head in the NH Novices’ Handicap Final by Third Wind, who had beaten My Way into second at Taunton earlier. That all sounds rock solid, as form that’s reproduced.
3.35 Uttoxeter (see above)
8.15 Wolverhampton His sire got such as Caravaggio, Lady Aurelia and Sioux Nation. A $270,000-dollar yearling, he was sold as a two-year-old for nearly four times as much at 800,000gns.
No wonder my man in the long grass is whispering this son of Scat Daddy out of a Cape Cross mare. His name is Global Prospector.
2.40 Kempton (win 30)
BET 8.5pts win (nap) MY WAY
2.25 Uttoxeter (win 30)
BET 3pts win and place LOUGH DERG FARMER
3.00 Uttoxeter (win 30 at BETDAQ 9.0 and 11.5)
BET 3.75pts win LORD NAPIER
BET 2.75pts win MAGOO
3.15 Kempton (win 20)
BET 6.75pts win ONEFORTHEROADTOM
BET 1.5pts win and place VALUE AT RISK
3.35 Uttoxeter (win 50)
BULL’S-EYE BET: 5pts win Ms PARFOIS
BULL’S-EYE BET: 4.25pts win AMERICAN
BULL’S-EYE BET: 3.5pts win and place BALLYDINE
8.15 Wolverhampton (win 20 at 3.5 BETDAQ)
BET 8pts win GLOBAL PROSPECTOR
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