TEN UP WITH SEVEN DAQMAN NAPS IN A ROW: Frustrated by the pinstickers’ results at home, Daqman went to the Curragh and relied on the classy two-year-old Meditate to land him his seventh consecutive winning nap yesterday. Meditate made all and gave him TEN winning naps out of 13, containing two supernaps out of two.
SEVEN CONSECUTIVE WINNING NAPS
WON 8-13 MEDITATE (Saturday supernap)
WON 5-2 FRANTASTIC (Friday nap)
WON 7-4 ALPINISTA (Thursday nap)
WON 2-5 BAAEED (Wednesday supernap)
WON 10-11 BRAZEN DIAMOND (Tuesday nap)
WON 2-9 REMEMBERING (Monday nap)
WON 9-10 ETERNAL PEARL (Sunday nap)
BULL’S-EYE BETS ON BIG OFFERS AT SANDOWN: Daqman bids for his eighth nap at Deauville, where the Melbourne Cup winner stakes her claim to the Arc, but saves his bull’s-eye bets for Sandown this evening at 10.5 and 14.5 BETDAQ value.
BLACKBEARD BALLYDOYLE PIRATE
⭕ 1.33 Deauville (Prix Morny 6f 2-y-o) The French have given up this £168k prize.
The home team has no runners at all to defend against the English and Irish invaders, though their ace rider Christophe Soumillon could play a big part on Norfolk Stakes winner, The Ridler.
Back-at-the-top Frankie Dettori rides the July Stakes star and Coventry runner-up Persian Force for out-of-form Richard Hannon.
That’s not entirely fair: Hannon has moved his strike rate from a poor 8% up to an acceptable 14% but without a sniff at the quality prizes again this week. He was 1-22 around the country in the four days over York.
And he has a big Morny fight on his hands with the two-horse raiding party from Aidan O’Brien, who won at the Curragh with his Moyglare filly, Meditate, yesterday.
O’Brien runs Blackbeard (BETDAQ 2.36) and The Antarctic (9.0 offers), bearing in mind that he has already trounced Persian Force seven lengths in the Phoenix with Little Big Bear.
The Antarctic beat Manhattan Jungle here at Deauville in the Cabourg recently but was himself three lengths down on stablemate Blackbeard in the Robert Papin in July.
On official figures, though Persian Force had Blackbeard over two lengths behind when Coventry runner-up, today’s favourite now has 5lb to find with the progressive Blackbeard, who was very green early on and has improved with racing.
ROAD TO THE ARC FOR ELLEEGANT
⭕ 2.50 Deauville (Prix Jean Romanet 1m 2f Group-1 fillies and mares) Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant has switched from Chris Waller’s Australia set-up to Francis-Henri Graffard with the Arc as target.
After a holiday since April, the Elleegant one is now on home ground at Deauville not Randwick or Flemington. The opposition in Europe is much stronger, and she was 3.33 on BETDAQ this morning.
But officially she has 15lb over Ville De Grace, nosed out of a Group 2 at Newmarket in May, when Verry Elleegant’s new stablemate, Ebaiyra, just failed in a three-way photo.
Another Group-placed, Burgarita, could do with some rain, and bigger threats could come from Paddy Twomey’s Irish invader Rosscarbery, five times a winner this year up to Group-3 level and with 8lb to find on the favourite.
Aristia was beaten by Rumi on the soft here in August but is progressive this season and divided French Oaks winner Nashwa and Lilac Road in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
ALL AT SEA OVER BAAEED TRIUMPH
⭕ 4.00 Deauville (Prix de Pomone 1m 4.5f Group-2 fillies and mares) Baaeed’s boss William Haggas is in fabulous form with 119 winners for £4.5m in prizemoney in an exceptional season.
He and Tom Marquand take the seaside air with, appropriately, tough-as-the-ancient-mariner Sea La Rosa, a Sea The Stars mare in the frame for 12 consecutive starts since her debut and the Lillie Langtry winner at Goodwood the last day (1m 6f). BETDAQ 2.48.
Jannah Flower beat Love Child and Any Time Soon at Longchamp in May, and ran second to the subsequent Lonsdale winner, Quickthorn, in a Longchamp Group 2 the last day.
A rear runner, will the drop back in trip today suit here?
Quote of the day on ITV Racing yesterday was Wlliam Haggas’s response to whether he’s now decided on Baaeed’s next target.
Poker-faced, he told a nonplussed Matt Chapman: ‘We’ve been through all the races and decided on the Triumph Hurdle.’
⭕ 4.00 Naas (Ballyogan Stakes 6f Group 3 fillies and mares) It’s Adaay To Remember for fillies and mares in Ireland as well as in France. She beat Benefit when runner-up at York the last day but Clive Cox clearly thinks it’s worth a trip to Ireland to try for revenge.
Betdaq Betting Exchange 4.8 Adaay To Remember, 7.6 Benefit
BUICK SWITCH TO PRIMO’S COMET
⭕ 4.12 Sandown (5f class 3 sprint handicap) Be Proud, sent down frae Scotland to win this last year, has Jim Goldie stablemate Primo’s Comet in the box with him this time.
The difference is that William Buick, winner that day on Be Proud (who has failed to score on turf since), switches to Primo’s Comet, who is currently in much the better form of the two.
Not that Be Proud’s rider today, Paul Mulrennan, is any slouch; he’s won on both horses already!
Also down from Scotland is Keith Dalgleish who has booked Hollie Doyle for The Thin Blue Line, a hard horse to win with: placed 10 times but only once first past the post.
Devil’s Angel is 2-2 at Sandown but both wins were off 77 and he’s now set 87. Mokaatil does best at Epsom and Lord Riddiford is a Goodwood horse. Red flags for Edward Cornelius and Silky Wilkie in that three-year-olds don’t won this.
⭕ 6.42 Sandown Aggagio has been in great form under both rules and can resume after a break at the main expense of Danni California and Evaluation.
BETDAQ Sandown value 10.5 Primo’s Comet (4.12 race) and 14.5 Aggagio (6.42)
1.33 Deauville (win 12, nap)
BET 8.75pts win BLACKBEARD
4.00 Deauville (win 10)
BET 6.75pts win SEA LA ROSA
4.00 Naas (win 20)
BET 5.25pts win ADAAY TO REMEMBER
BET 3pts win BENEFIT
4.12 Sandown (win 50)
BET 5pts win PRIMO’S COMET
6.42 Sandown (win 50)
BET 3.75pts win AGGAGIO
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