WINNERS EVERY DAY MAKE UP 111 POINTS PROFIT Daqman’s daily profits soared to 111 points for the week yesterday to recommended stakes. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, too! Every one’s a winner! Yesterday’s scorers were:
WON 11-4 MUSTASHRY
WON 9-4 SAVING GRACE (nap)
OR FOUR NAPS OUT OF FIVE FOR THE SAME AMOUNT Saving Grace gave Daqman four winning naps out of the last five during his week of winners. Strangely, if you’d had 20 points win on all five naps this week, you would also have won 111 points!
WON 9-4 SAVING GRACE (Friday nap)
WON 9-4 ALJADY (Wednesday nap)
WON 6-4 THE GREAT WALL (Tuesday nap)
WON 4-7 CONSTRUCT (Monday supernap)
128-POINT VALUE GAP OPENS UP OVER PRICEWISE Coral Eclipse day today and Daqman leads Pricewise 42-16, with a 128-point gap in profits between them (Daqman + 65, Pricewise -63 to a single-unit level stake).
LION PAUSE CLUE TO THE ECLIPSE
2.10 Sandown (Coral Eclipse) After days of weighing up the Eclipse, here I come.. right back where I started from!
I tipped Roaring Lion to beat Saxon Warrior in the Derby. He did. But, as he faded in the final furlong, Masar powered past him.
Now there’s no Masar and, saved up for this, Roaring Lion has only to repeat his two-and-a-half-lengths Epsom hold over Saxon Warrior and he’ll wrestle him to the ground like a tackle from Neymar or deliver a stray elbow (he seems to have more than two) like Suarez.
No rough stuff, please, but I’ve been begging all the week for something decisive this afternoon, with the colts’ Class Of 2018 in disarray.
Roaring Lion has had a vital break since Epsom, while there has been no let-up for Saxon Warrior: only last Saturday he tried again to be a Derby winner.
Instead of leaving the Curragh with yet another Group 1 for Aidan O’Brien, he handed two sons of the Ballydoyle maestro, trainer Joseph and his jockey brother Donnacha, their own, shared, Derby triumph.
If the Warrior had just been beaten by a late-developing winner, Latrobe, it would have been forgivable but, in fact, not one but two, rated 103 and 108, one with exposed form, finished in front of the 121 (over)rated favourite.
Older horses Hawkbill (won this in 2016 but prefers cut in the ground) and Forest Ranger surely cannot give 10lb to the Derby colts, even though they have faltered, and set the needle on ‘moderate’ for this year’s Classics.
Two fillies that might topple them, Laurens and Alpha Centauri, who would be getting yet another 3lb, are not taking part, leaving one they have both Happily beaten to carry the distaff flag.
What we don’t want to see for this Class of 2018 is a gelding winning today’s Eclipse. A Forest Ranger victory would mean that this year’s colts have no cohones at all!
BETDAQ 9.4 IS HUGE FOR HADDAF
12.20 Sandown (Coral Charge) Eight out of 10 winners in the decade came from the low four stalls. That’s a lucky break for Haddaf (in 3) but not so for Tricksy Spirit (10) and Sound And Silence (6), two of those he beat on today’s track in the Scurry Stakes in June.
Racereaders who saw Judicial continually denied a clear run behind Muthmir (7) at Haydock will back the northern raider for revenge today from stall 4.
But this race has gone to the Classic generation 6-3 over four-year-olds in the decade. It seems that fresh lungs are needed not old hearts.
Haddaf’s main worry then, despite the draw, may be Different League, but he needs a lot of stoking up, which is a negative on this fast track. By the time he gets going, Haddaf (huge at 9.4 on BETDAQ) will be letting off steam.
ELYSEES OFFER IS KING-SIZE 15.0
12.35 Haydock Jumps ace trainer Alan King has had 19 Flat winners this year and Elysees (stall 4) looks poised from a good draw to turn around Chelmsford placings with Rude Awakening at the weights, yet is 15.0 on BETDAQ, while Rude Awakening is 4.6, as I write.
There is no reason why Ghostwatch (gate 6) should get revenge on Austrian School (from the one stall), whose trainer, Mark Johnston, has another good chance via Making Miracles.
But the stallion on everyone’s lips on this firm ground is Camelot. His son Diocletian (10.0 offers) has been ignored because he’s won on the soft but, while he was still a green two-year-old last autumn, he ran well enough on firm, finishing not far off Making Miracles.
SHE’S TODAY’S OAKS PRINCESS
1.10 Haydock (Lancashire Oaks) John Gosden has won this seven times, four since 2011, and Precious Ramotswe (5.7 BETDAQ offers) could play catch-me here.
It’s not a race in which Aidan O’Brien does well. Nor do three-year-olds, so Flattering looks set to deceive, providing us with better offers elsewhere in a 106% overround orange.
Take him out and you can back something else. Like Horseplay (3.4), whose York second to Coronet looks good.
1.30 Sandown (Coral Distaff) Desert Diamond, not clear run, giving weight to the first three and hanging right, should improve on her Sandringham form of Royal Ascot, with Sandown and a fast pace ideal to bring out her stamina at this trip.
The grey Narella and Preening are obvious improvers but 9.8 offers Desert Diamond are value win and place.
12.20 Sandown (win 30)
BET 3.5pts win HADDAF
12.35 Haydock (win 30)
BET 3pts win and place DIOCLETIAN
BET 2pts win and place ELYSEES
1.10 Haydock (win 30)
BET 12.5pts win HORSEPLAY
BET 6.25pts win PRINCESS RAMOTSWE
1.30 Sandown (win 20)
BET 2.25pts win and place DESERT DIAMOND
1.45 Haydock (win 20)
BET 1.75pts win and place CROWNED EAGLE
2.10 Sandown (supernap to win 30)
BET 20pts win ROARING LION
ROARING LION (2.10 Sandown Park)
MENDELSSOHN (9.36 Belmont Park)
HUNTING HORN (11.50 Belmont Park)
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