4-1 WINNER AS MASTER TIPSTER GETS BACK IN THE OLD ROUTINE: After Daqman’s double hat-trick of big-race winners at the weekend, he settled back into his winner-a-day routine on the normal daily diet of racing with Mizen Master (WON 4-1) last night at Wolverhampton.
THE JUVENILE COLTS (AND ONE FILLY) THAT ARE MOST LIKELY TO.. Now that the dust has settled on the latest in the tests for two-year-olds, Daqman compiles the top 12 winners (11 colts and one filly) most likely to score again this season and grow into Classic prospects. His ratings won’t please everybody.
TWO-YEAR-OLDS’ BATTLE NOT OVER
Who was not so Lucky? Was it Moonshine? Is the Battle lost? I said I’d TRY to rate the two-year-olds so far, as I do every season at this time, with Dewhurst, Lagardere and Breeders Cup to come, and with an early view to the next year’s Classics.
But we lost Battleground to coughing, just when he was due to put his reputation on the line in Sunday’s National Stakes at the Curragh.
And we can virtually rule the race out as an indicator of Lucky Vega’s standing. He almost wasn’t (standing, I mean), involved in a tightening up which checked him twice.
Of the third and fourth, St Mark’s Basilica has become a benchmark for juvenile tests and Master Of The Seas may not have been at his best, racing too freely.
But you have to go with the finish; that’s not just the result but which horses were running to the line.
That puts Thunder Moon on a pedestal and I’ve dropped Lucky Vega in alongside him as, for me, a head-to-head between them would be hard to assess, albeit they are already making ‘Moon’ Guineas favourite.
The second horse home, Wembley, yet another Galileo trained Aidan O’Brien, will be the Ballydoyle yardstick now (how does he compare with Battleground?) and for the future (how much improvement is left in him, and in others in the Ballydoyle pecking order?).
He got a clear run which helped his cause when others were hindered, but that was a stone and more better than his four maidens. Here are the ratings with top form lines:
116 LUCKY VEGA (Jessica Harrington) Second in the Railway Stakes; won the Phoenix.
116 THUNDER MOON (Joseph O’Brien) Won the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
112 CAMPANELLE (Wesley Ward) Won the Queen Mary; beat the colts in the Prix Morny.
111 BATTLEGROUND (Aidan O’Brien) Won the Chesham and the Vintage Stakes.
109 CADILLAC (Jessica Harrington) Leopardstown Champion Juvenile; Curragh Futurity second.
109 CHINDIT (Richard Hannon) Ascot winner followed up in the Champagne Stakes.
109 WEMBLEY (Aidan O’Brien) Vincent O’Brien National Stakes runner-up.
108 MASTER OF THE SEAS (Charlie Appleby) July Course winner; fourth in the National Stakes.
106 ETONIAN (Richard Hannon) Won the Solario Stakes at Sandown.
105 ST MARK’S BASILICA (Aidan O’Brien) Fifth Phoenix Stakes, third National Stakes.
104 DEVIOUS COMPANY (Tom Dascombe) Second in three Group-2 races.
104 CHIEF LITTLE HAWK (Aidan O’Brien) Won the big-field Ballyhane at Naas.
GETTING SAUCY AT YARMOUTH
1.00 Yarmouth Interesting to see early BETDAQ support for Oh It’s Saucepot in the opener at Yarmouth.
The Chris Wall trained runner won this 12 months ago by four lengths and whilst she was in better form going into the race there are reasons for thinking she can run well again off just a 2lb higher mark.
She didn’t run badly at Windsor last time out on soft ground however the switch back to good to firm (as it was last year) is a huge positive.
Progressive and Dusk are the progressive ones (literally in the case of the former) but they set up in the market and I’ll go for a WIN 10 in the BETDAQ place market alongside a low stake win bet.
FIDDLER TO REPEAT THE TUNE
4.50 Redcar The Fiddler looks of interest here. Paul Hanagan has built up a terrific relationship with the five-year-old – a perfect 2-2 whereas he is 0-17 for all other pilots!
The Fiddler won this last season off a mark of 55 and is only 2lb higher this time around so the combination look to have every chance of making it the hat-trick today.
Ben Lilly looks the obvious danger after his nine length romp at Catterick a week ago.
It was long odds-on that trainer David Brown would have him out again quickly under the statutory 6lb penalty but the concern for his backers is that it was soft at Catterick and good here. He’s only raced on soft once and seemingly was a different horse for it.
LEAP TO REWARD FAITH
5.15 Hexham Philip Hobbs has a great strike rate here at Hexham (4-7) so it’s interesting to see he sends Leapaway up for the novice chase – it is also his only runner of the day.
Given he was pulled up last time out you might immediately think it’s a ‘Leap’ of faith to back him here but that Uttoxeter run is best ignored.
The tack came loose at the second and he was pulled up before the third. To compound the misfortune – the vet reported that the gelding had also lost a shoe!
He is better judged on his hurdles form (won five on the spin) and also reasonably promising chase starts at Stratford and Newton Abbot.
This won’t take too much winning and he looks as good, if not better, as the current favourite Return Ticket who made mistakes when runner-up at Perth last time out and the Rebecca Menzies yard are only 1 winner from their last 16.
DAQMAN’S BETS (staked to win 10 points including place bet)
BET 1.5pts win and 5.8 bets place OH IT’S SAUCEPOT (1.00 Yarmouth)
BET 2.2pts win THE FIDDLER (4.50 Redcar)
BET 5.0pts win (nap) LEAPAWAY (5.15 Hexham)
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