THREE OUT OF THREE TWICE AS DAQMAN PILES UP 80 POINTS: Daqman has made more than 80 points profit from three consecutive days of hit after hit: eight winners from nine races, including back-to-back naps. His only loser was Monday’s nap, which was bumped at the business end of the race.
WEDNESDAY: (3-3) profit 27 points
WON 2-5 NUBE NEGRA (supernap)
WON 13-8 SCARDURA
WON 11-8 ASTROMACHIA
TUESDAY: (3-3) profit 40 points
WON 11-10 MIGHTY SPIRIT (nap)
WON 5-1 EVA’S OSKAR
WON 11-8 GRAZEON BOY
MONDAY: (2-3) profit 14.20 points
WON 13-8 PIECE OF HISTORY
WON 11-8 SOLDIERS MINUTE
DAQMAN WILD CARDS TODAY AT 31.0 and 27.0 FOR PLACES: John Gosden, who yesterday reached a 3,000th winner on the Flat in Britain, provides Daqman with a bull’s-eye bet today. He also has a supernap and two wild cards at 31.0 and 27.0, concentrating on the place angle in each case.
ENGLISH RAIDERS BARRED FROM THE BIG RACE DOWN UNDER: After the shock report from Santa Anita (see yesterday’s column), Daqman starts today with the extraordinary news of English raiders barred from the Melbourne Cup in Flemington, Australia, next Tuesday. There are just three British acceptors for the Cup: Cross Counter, Prince Of Arran and Raymond Tusk.
MARMELO MELBOURNE CUP SHOCK
🇦🇺 Down Under! The spotlight on racehorse injuries yesterday switched from America to Australia, with two top British hopes being barred by the stewards.
The 2018 Melbourne Cup runner-up to Cross Counter, Hughie Morrison’s Marmelo, has been ruled out of this year’s race by Racing Victoria, citing ‘incomplete fractures’ of Marmelo’s near fore and off hind cannon bones, allegedly spotted by a CT scanner.
Charlie Appleby’s Ispolini, another runner-up to Cross Counter, when second in the Dubai Gold Cup, has also been taken out of the race after a standing scan suggested ‘pre-fracture pathology’ within one of the animal’s cannon bones.
Top Newmarket vet, Dr Ian Wright, has seen the scans and claims it was ‘totally unjustifiable’ for Marmelo not to run. Trainer Hughie Morrison is ‘utterly appalled.’
He has seen the CT scan and watched Marmelo come through a sharp workout on Tuesday. There were ‘no issues,’ and Morrison points out that Marmelo had broken two track records on firm ground.
Jockey Hugh Bowman says he has had ‘the feel of a horse who is better than last year’ after strong prep work.
Ispolini, Marmelo, Southern France and Cross Counter were among the early scans – there are 30 more planned – and the one who ticks all the boxes for the test so far? Last year’s winner, Cross Counter.
My contact in the field, internationally known in veterinary science who does not want to be named, told me: ‘We’ve be just about nailed the drug problem. Now we need pre-race skeletal proof of limbs and joints.
‘The scanners cost millions so it will begin where the prizemoney is millions. It will also begin with controversy and denial. That’s normal. It’s a choice between no racing and racing redesigned for safety and welfare.’
Last word to trainer Morrison: ’We shall appeal on the grounds that they did not find an incomplete fracture; it is bone remodelling. They’re justifying the vast expense of the machine.”
GOT YOU AN INVITE TO GOSDEN PARTY
12.50 Lingfield Peter Charalambous has booked David Egan for a tilt with Exmoor Beast, nicely looked after – including by Egan on the last day – for his first handicap at BETDAQ offers of 24.0 this morning.
2.30 Lingfield Coral Beach hasn’t won since a Group 3 at Leopardstown as a two-year-old a year ago. She has relentlessly kept top company for Aidan O’Brien but she was very easy to back at 9.2 in the BETDAQ orange early mouse.
Preening (6.6 offers) was runner-up in the Sceptre Stakes (Group 3) and gets 5lb from the length winner that day, Breathtaking Look.
But I believe there is a rapid late-season improver in this contest in She’s Got You at around 5-1.
She can celebrate John Gosden’s reaching the 3,000-winner mark on the Flat in Britain via El Misk at Kempton last night.
3.25 Stratford Western Miller loves Stratford (form there 121) and, though he’s got plenty of weight, will have been prepared for this, as the sole entry for Charlie Longsdon, who sponsors the race. Huge at 31.0 in the BETDAQ orange, as I write.
3.35 Lingfield Delphinia appears to have bridesmaid form (222) but the leading ladies who have beaten her recently in Group-1 fillies and mares, Anapurna and Star Catcher, are just about the best there is.
She was also runner-up in the fillies’ St Leger, the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster in September. Paying 7.5 for every 10 staked this morning.
12.50 Lingfield (win 30, win 10 a place)
BET 1.25pts win and 2pts place EXMOOR BEAST
2.30 Lingfield (win 50 bull’s-eye bet)
BET 10pts win SHE’S GOT YOU
3.35 Lingfield (supernap)
BET 20pts win DELPHINIA
3.25 Stratford (win 30, win 10 a place)
BET 1pt win and 1.75pts place WESTERN MILLER
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