ONE WINNER FROM THREE: Ecu De La Noverie just about paid for the day yesterday when winning at 7/4. DAQMAN said the main danger in the race was Hawk High who was second at 12/1 – the forecast paying £20.90 with Ladbrokes.
TODAY: Heads Up on the hot horses with major big-race dates
TOMORROW: Ladbrokes seven-race card at Newbury featuring the Long Distance Hurdle, Daqman has it covered!
‘GIVE ME’ ONE-STOP TO AINTREE
⚠️ HEADS UP: Daqman warned that the King George ‘Altior revenge’ threat was a headline grabber by Nicky Henderson after his hero had fallen from grace at the hands of Cyrname at Ascot last Saturday.
Cyrname’s trainer, Paul Nicholls, thinks so, too. He is quoted in the Press today: ‘I am not sure what Nicky is thinking.. Whether he wants to go up another three furlongs with Altior and give him another hard race, I don’t know. I’d be surprised if he turned up at Kempton!’
⚠️ HEADS UP: December 7 is make or break day for Give Me A Copper. He runs for Nicholls in the Becher Chase, with the Grand National in mind. If he passes the test, he won’t run again until Aintree. He’s not copper-bottomed but a bit of a thinker and has to be totally fresh to give his best.
⚠️ HEADS UP: The following day, December 8 at Punchestown, the John Durkan looks like being a major guide to Cheltenham. You really need to win with a seven-year-old: Don Cossack, Djakadam and Sizing John won it at that age. Guess who has all but one of the six seven-year-olds entered for the race?
Willie Mullins, of course, with Al Boum Photo, Chacun Pour Soi, Footpad, Getabird and Voix Du Reve. You have been warned.
⚠️ HEADS UP: Kemboy, also with Willie Mullins and six in a row still standing, will be back under new ownership at Leopardstown next month, with the syndicate problems behind him. Kemboy’s target will be the race he won last year, the Grade-1 Savills Chase on December 28.
GOLDEN CHANCE FOR DROP OF WHISKEY
12.45 Lingfield Plenty of suspect stayers line up for this two mile marathon but that’s not the case with the Amanda Perrett trained Percy’s Prince who was a winner over this trip at Kempton two starts ago when trained by Sir Mark Prescott.
He has followed that up with two good efforts at Kempton (latest being first start for new stable) and now tackles the Lingfield track for the first time.
Affluence carries a 5lb penalty for a narrow win at Chelmsford last time out over 1m 6f and although unproven over this trip on the flat gave the impression he should cope with it – but the penalty is a concern.
Sea Sovereign ran in a Grade 2 bumper on the jumps and has been tumbling down the weights but his overall CV of 0/15 means you can probably afford to miss his first win, if and when it comes.
1.35 Ffos Las Golden Whiskey looks a standout on the Ffos Las card and should relish the heavy ground. Similar to how a supermarket advert goes….. there is heavy ground and there is Ffos Las heavy ground !!
The Evan Williams trained runner won here over hurdles when the ground was soft and comes into this on the back of a big effort at Chepstow last time out when third to Simply The Betts (on soft ground). He was doing his best work at the end and the step up in trip looks sensible.
That was only his second start over fences and this looks a much easier assignment.
Llantara makes her chasing debut here and is another that relishes testing ground. She looks the danger after her Hexham win which was the first outing she has had since wind surgery.
1.45 Taunton With the notable exception of Cyrname, many of the Paul Nicholls trained runners have improved for their second start of the season and I’m hoping that will be the case with Easyrun De Vassy who was a modest sixth first time up at Exeter.
He hasn’t got many miles on the clock and makes his handicap debut here off a mark of 109 which could prove lenient.
DAQMAN’S BETS (staked to win 10 points each)
BET 1.7pts win and 6.6pts place PERCY’S PRINCE (12.45 Lingfield)
BET 10.0pts win (nap) GOLDEN WHISKEY (1.35 Ffos Las)
BET 5.8pts win EASYRUN DE VASSY (1.45 Taunton)
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