3-1 NAP AS DAQMAN WINS EVERY DAY THIS WEEK: The incredible Daqman stepped up his stakes at Goodwood yesterday and made it four consecutive winning days, with his big-race nap, Elik (WON 3-1), a BETDAQ-value bet.
114 POINTS PROFIT IN UNBEATEN RUN: He also marked for BETDAQ value the all-the-way scorcher King Of The Danes (WON 4-1) – he finished six lengths clear – and at Sandown last night he tipped Lion Beacon (WON 7-4) to add a total of 62 points to the week’s profit, making 114 in all.
100 UP FOR FOURTH TIME IN MAGICAL MAY: It’s been a magical May marked by four hot spots:
115 points profit with eight winners in four days up to May 2.
137 points on May 5 and 6 (including a Bank Holiday) and with five winning naps out of six
115 points in one day, a super Saturday of eight winners (May 11)
114 points up Monday-Thursday this week with wins day after day
That came on the back of 16-1 and 14-1 winners last Saturday.
2.35 Goodwood Twice a course winner, Brave Echo may blast off in front from his handy draw, and it will be interesting to see whether hard-puller Flexible Flyer follows.
Hughie Morrison, unlucky yesterday when Cosimo De Medici finished fast, has tried to make ‘Flyer’ more flexible with a gelding op; he did manage a second for Richard Hughes, who returns to the saddle here.
Polar Kite came too late at Chester but did the very same thing at Kempton and he’s needed claiming class to register all success since the summer of 2011.
Good Authority (11.0 on BETDAQ this morning) ran a cracker on the straight course at Ascot and previous success on turning tracks suggests he will do well at Goodwood, with William Buick booked and a handy stall 1. Just has to hold his form.
3.10 Goodwood Shades Of Grey’s chance is being marked down in the trade paper, as a soft-surface winner who won’t get her ground today, but isn’t it more that she prefers a right-hand track.
She’s won on firm and been placed three times on good but all success has been at Newbury, going clockwise, as at Goodwood today.
It’s a moderate class-3 race with six of the 11 runners only able to score at class-5 level so far, including Shades Of Grey, and another black mark against her is that she has never won before July in any season so far. Keep an eye on her for Newbury in the future.
As a Pivotal, soft-ground Bath winner Wannabe Loved may be the one who is ground dependent, and Princess Caetani could equally be labelled a soft-ground filly.
The question-mark over Hepworth is whether first-time blinkers, which helped her finally break her maiden in January, will work again today.
This is the ideal track for front-runner Between Us, and we’re always on the look-out for another Prescott sequence horse. She’s likely to shake off a second front-runner, Divergence, and was a big price at offers of 16.0 on BETDAQ this morning.
But Sir Michael Stoute’s Centred looks the one to beat, having slammed a filly at Pontefract – Heading North – who was second to Stoute’s Elik in yesterday’s Classic-trial Height Of Fashion Stakes. That’s classy.
While Centred will carry the nap, I shall also have Between Us on my side up that awesome climbing Goodwood straight in case she got away from them and hangs on.
3.45 Goodwood (Cocked Hat Stakes): As I said yesterday, it’s close proximity to the Derby this year makes this former Predominate Stakes trial dead on the ground. Two runners and a waste of £40,000.
Come on fixture-planners, pull your finger out! You had a whole year – at least – to spot that this would happen.
4.20 Goodwood I’ve never fathomed it out why some sprints go to animals of all ages, while others require a young horse. There has been no winner of this over the age of six.
Nor could I find success for a three-year-old in the records of this race but Richard Hannon saddles two, with Richard Hughes seemingly preferring the 7f and 1m winner Wentworth over Annunciation. Surely not.
Tariq Two takes after grandad – he’s a soft ground lover like the mare’s sire, Selkirk – but the two with a touch of class are Prodigality and Miss Lahar, who was too big at 14.5 this morning.
CD winner Prodigality did well at this level last time out and Miss Lahar, who dropped from the pattern to a fast 5f at Chester, will appreciate the extra furlong. Twice well backed in Listeds over today’s trip.
BET 2.5pts win FLEXIBLE FLYER and 2pts win GOOD AUTHORITY (2.35 Goodwood)
VALUE BET 10pts win (nap) CENTRED, and 1.6pts win and place BETWEEN US (3.10 Goodwood)
VALUE BET 8pts win PRODIGALITY and 1.5pts win MISS LAHAR (4.20 Goodwood).
DAQMAN’S TARGETS: Below-par day at Goodwood. Bets back to target of 20 points.
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