DAQMAN DOUBLE DARES 10-1 NATIONAL WINNER: Daqman landed the winner of the Grand National for BETDAQ Tips with not one but two bull’s-eye bets on Tiger Roll (WON 10-1), a month ago in this column at 17.0 ante-post and again on the day at 16.0, so winning 100 points. His headlines yesterday couldn’t have been more explicit.
WHO DARES WINS THE NATIONAL
TIGER, TIGER BURNING BRIGHT
HE’S MORE THAN 70 POINTS AHEAD OF PRICEWISE: Daqman landed three winners on National day, with the big race itself taking him 13-2 up on Pricewise of the Racing Post, around 72 points clear (Daqman +42.75, Pricewise –28.75) to a single unit on each of their selections at SP. His winners were:
WON 10-1 TIGER ROLL
WON 3-1 BLACK OP
WON 3-1 THOMAS PATRICK
ONE-TWO TWICE IN EPIC FINISHES
ONE-TWO Daqman named the one-two in TWO races at Aintree yesterday. He tipped Black Op and Lostintranslation to win 100 points, and they were locked together in a sustained duel to the line in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.
WON 3-1 BLACK OP, 2ND 12-1 Lostintranslation
ONE-TWO Then he landed first and second in the Grand National with two of his four bets involved in another epic finish, won by his number-one choice under Davy Russell for Irish trainer Gordon Eliott. The Exacta forecast paid 708.50 with Ladbrokes and Corals.
WON 10-1 TIGER ROLL (from 16.0 BETDAQ) 2ND 25-1 Pleasant Company
WON 10-1 TIGER ROLL (ante-post from 17.0 BETDAQ)
Tiger Roll was Daqman’s second Grand National winner in the last three seasons. His column selected the following, all to win a total of 100 points:
2018: WON 10-1 TIGER ROLL (from 16.0 and 17.0 on BETDAQ)
2017: 2ND 16-1 CAUSE OF CAUSES (from 34.0 on BETDAQ)
2016: WON 33-1 RULE THE WORLD (from 50.0 on BETDAQ)
MORE FROM MAGICAL BALLYDOYLE
The rain at our backs won’t go away yet. The forecast sunshine is welcome but well overdue for the Flat launch proper on turf, back at HQ on Tuesday for the Craven meeting.
We’ve pitied the chases and hurdlers on the heavy going, and struggled to find the horses suited to it, and Newmarket can at last look forward to some warmth and drier ground.
But the long cold and very wet winter has provided an even bigger problem for Flat trainers and will remain with us as a foil to the form we know.
Can you imagine trying to get young horses ready for the first Classics only 19 days after next week’s trials at Newmarket. It’s ridiculous. Expect shock results to continue.
On the ball early, with a Grade 3 in the bag already this week (Capri in the Alleged at Naas), Aidan O’Brien continued the scattergun approach we’ve become so used to with Gordon Elliott over the winter.
Gordon’s 12 runners in the Irish National yielded winner and third. Yesterday Aidan had three of the four runners in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial, again winner and third; the scorer, Gustav Klimt.
But his four-filly attack on the 1,000 Guineas Trial, two of them joint favourites, failed behind Who’s Steph, trained by Ger Lyons.
O’Brien runs Rostropovich in a Group-3 three-year-old test at Longchamp this afternoon against Newmarket Guineas entry from France, Wootton, son of the Lagardere winner, Wootton Bassett.
The fillies’ test, the Prix De La Grotte, which threw up Qemah a couple of years back, has Moyglare runner-up and Fillies’ Mile fourth, Magical, representing Ballydoyle against the likely Pouliches (French 1,000) favourite, Latita, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, and Wind Chimes (Andre Fabre), swerving the more prestigious Prix Imprudence tomorrow for this.
Flag Of Honour flopped at Newmarket last backend and O’Brien’s son of Galileo out of a Warning mare looks to be only an outsider in the Noailles (3.25). Famous last words!
ALFIE SPINNER (second) and Ballycross (fourth), who met in the Coral Welsh National trial, clash again in the Ladbrokes Chase (3.45) at Ffos Las.
But I fancy Horatio Hornblower, who likes the course, is in the right class and has the in-form Harry Cobden here for the one ride. Ballycross is big at 6.8 on BETDAQ this morning.
Another solo starter is He’s A Goer (5.20). He’s the only runner of the day for Tom Lacy, who is striking at 50% (5-10). Highly regarded with his problems now sorted after a break.
DAQMAN’S BETS (each staked to win 20 points)
BET 5pts win NO HIDING PLACE (3.20 Plumpton)
BET 6pts win HORATIO HORNBLOWER (3.45 Ffos Las)
BET 3.5pts win BALLYCROSS (3.45 Ffos Las)
BET 4pts win (nap) HE’S A GOER (5.20 Ffos Las)
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