FORTUNE COOKIES LAND THE BIG DOUBLE: Daqman’s sensational Fortune Cookies landed the big-race double yesterday with two bets that took profits from eight wins in the list to 151.59 for 10-point win bets or 303 to 20-point stakes. It was another day of overall profit on all bets (19.50) following a hat-trick of naps on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
WON 3-1 TRUESHAN (FORTUNE COOKIE, Northumberland Plate)
WON 11-8 WESTOVER (FORTUNE COOKIE, Irish Derby)
DAQMAN LEADS PRICEWISE 33-23: There’s another Fortune Cookie today but her trainer makes the Pretty Polly at the Curragh a hard race for Daqman by also running an improver who landed a nap for him at Chantilly the last day. Daqman goes into the day 33-23 ahead of Pricewise, with another big race on the cards at Uttoxeter.
WESTOVER MADE FOR THE LEGER
That old clamour for a rematch starts today. It can only be good for racing that ‘everybody’ wants to see Westover take on Desert Crown again, after his runaway win in the Irish Derby.
I said yesterday that I thought the English Derby winner ranked with the best of modern times, and that the colt who finished within three lengths of him at Epsom should be special enough to win his own accolades.
He won one yesterday all right under a superb ride from Irish champion Colin Keane, though the anticipated match with Tuesday failed to materialise.
To say that Tuesday went West or, as I headed my piece yesterday, ‘It’s all over for Tuesday,’ is to be flippant in the aftermath. Sadly, she was never at the races.
Excuses were made that the Oaks winner was bumped during the race but her 10-lengths thrashing by Westover, despite the gift of a 3lb allowance, says to me that she hadn’t recovered from Epsom, where she was under pressure to resist the late challenge of Emily Upjohn.
Breeders won’t like the only other explanation, that we don’t have the quality bunch of fillies we thought we had.
Piz Badile, who was 14 lengths behind Westover at Epsom, closed him down to half that yesterday, while French Claim and Glory Daze were third and fifth, confirming their previous form as lookers-on.
It all goes to cement the view that Westover can indeed win some accolades but that Desert Crown is up there with the greats.
Westover, who could meet Desert Crown in the King George, is likely favourite for the St Leger. That’s his Classic double; he’s made for the race.
Meanwhile, at Newcastle, an entirely different finish also deserved plaudits when Trueshan got up in the last stride to take the Northumberland Plate off a welter-weight 10st 8lb under Hollie Doyle, just six days after her French Oaks victory on Nashwa.
Nashwa had been third to Tuesday in the Epsom Oaks but, if there is to be a filly to challenge the colts, it must now be Emily Upjohn.
KILDISART SUMMER CUP BANKER
⭕ 3.00 Uttoxeter (Summer Cup) The revitalised Team Tizzard, now with Joe officially at the reins, and currently striking at 50%, could land its third Summer Cup in six seasons when last year’s winning jockey, Brendan Powell, tries to storm home again today.
Storm Home was the name of their winner last year at 18-1 but Sizing Cusimano shouldn’t be that price. His form at Uttoxeter is 211120, still standing, including success over the course and distance a year ago.
He burst back on to the scene at Newton Abbot in May after a long holiday, winning eased down and copping a 10lb rise in the process. But had he not done so, he wouldn’t have got in today!
Sizing Cusimano is likely to set the pace with Roman de Senam, who is handicapped to avenge defeat over 3m by Francky Du Berlais here at Uttoxeter in April.
Gats And Co has landed a four-timer (three times as favourite) but in low-grade races in the main and is up 33lb.
Kildisart was reported better than ever this year, prompting connections to go for the Grand National, but he was never happy with the fences (he tends to skim them).
Betdaq Betting Exchange value 9.7 Kildisart, 12.5 Sizing Cusimano
HAGGAS IN IRISH PURPLE PATCH
⭕ 3.45 The Curragh (Pretty Polly Stakes) Purplepay, Concert Hall and Lyrical Poetry bid to restore pride in the three-year-old fillies.
But they try to do so in a race that is won nine times out of 10 by fillies and mares aged four to six, and all distance winners.
William Haggas has the best of both worlds: a strong four-year-old in My Astra, who romped home 12 lengths on the soft at Ayr the last day. And a progressive Group-2 winner at Chantilly in Purplepay.
Purplepay is up in trip and has so far avoided any ground better than yielding, whereas My Astra – though it was soft that day at Ayr – won two races as a three-year-old on good and good to firm.
La Petite Coco won four of her five races last year, including as a three-year-old getting big allowances in the late summer.
Dreamloper is winner of the Ispahan (Group 1) and a Group-2 on firm at Newmarket this Spring, and has improved 19lb since this time last year.
But, with Haggas showing a near-60% record in pattern races in Ireland, I shall bet he does it again, if not with My Astra, then with Tom Marquand’s pick, Purplepay.
BETDAQ value 4.6 Purplepay, 5.2 My Astra
3.00 Uttoxeter (win 50 bull’s-eye bet, win 30)
BET 5.75pts win KILDISART (nap)
BET 2.6pts win SIZING CUSAMANO
3.10 The Curragh (win 20)
BET 3pts win TEES SPIRIT
3.45 The Curragh
BET 10pts win MY ASTRA
BET 2.75pts to win 10 PURPLEPAY
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