RUNAWAY NAP IS NINTH BANKER UP OUT OF 12: Telescope’s 2-1 on looked as though it should have been 1-20 as he romped home 24 lengths and 20 to land Daqman’s ninth winner from 12 maximum stakes banker-naps of the year. He has two maximum-stakes bets today.
TWO MORE WINNERS MAKE 13 IN SIX DAYS: Daqman is reliable as clockwork as his two-winners-a-day spree continued with Telescope and Ghasabah (WON 11-4), his third 11-4 scorer in two days after Mighty Par and Lexington Place on Wednesday. It was his fourth day of profit out of six.
1.50 and 2.20 Newbury Richard Hannon’s Jersey Royal and Autumn Sunrise were morning favourites to follow up the trainer’s quick double in these maidens on the same card last year.
Clive Cox runs his New Approach colt Lacan in the opener, and John Gosden has a well-bred pair to match the Hannon attack in Muwaary and Elusive City’s sister, Terhaab.
3.25 Newbury (Rose Bowl) Hannon has had an incredible run in this race with form figures of 141121241, including two subsequently in the frame in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood 10 days from now.
Thunder Strike should continue the sequence, impressive in his Listed at Epsom but unable to cope with War Command in the Coventry. Main danger according to BETDAQ betting is Survived but it’s a filly against a colt and she failed in her own Listed attempt.
5.30 Betdaq Haydock Park Apprentice Training Series Handicap I wouldn’t mind David Bergin or George Downing riding for me, but just look at the rise and rise of Thomas Brown, with his 53 winners since 2010 in these revealing figures of his year-on-year climb up the ladder of success: 2-4-11-36.
Bergin’s Berlusca at Wolverhampton and Downing’s Peak Storm at Chepstow manage to win only at specific meetings.
Chiswick Bey seemed to be running into form at Lingfield last month but has won only once since 2010 and that at 6f. Cono Zur is a Spring horse. You have to go back three years ago to find a win later in the season.
So it seems left for Thomas Brown on Prime Exhibit (6.6 on BETDAQ this morning), three times a scorer last term but dropped well below any of his winning marks
7.45 Hamilton (Scottish Stewards Cup) Another boy rider rising in the ranks is Connor Beasley, with two wins in the whole of 2012 but already on 17 this year.
His claim means that Barnet Fair will race 6lb lower than when third in the Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh.
Richard Fahey farms this race – form figures 111010 – yet relies on the old boy, Johannes. Has he any chance after his last of 16 at Newcastle three weeks ago?
All his wins have followed better runs than that, but the ground was soft that day and his success has come on good or firmish going. Moreover, he is now officially 13lb lower than just over a year ago when he ran in the Great St Wilfrid after winning the Stewards Sprint at Goodwood off 89.
He’s on 83 today but yet another successful boy, George Chaloner, takes him down 11lb below that successful Goodwood mark.
I could get 15.5 Johannes and 9.0 Barnet Fair on BETDAQ this morning in a race that usually goes to outsiders. Out Do is an obvious ‘Cumani so could be anything’ stakes saver.
8.15 Hamilton (Glasgow Stakes) Mark Johnston said that Maputo was a Group horse in a handicap before he hammered a big field at Newmarket six lengths eight days ago.
Today Maputo tries what would seem a surprisingly tentative step into pattern company in this Listed as a prep for the Group-2 Great Voltigeur at York in late August.
In fact, with £40,000 to the winner, and with the race cutting up, Maputo’s connections found it hard to resist and his presence frightened away even more of the potential opposition.
DAQMAN’S BETS: Bet to win 20 points on each horse, except the bankers.
BANKER 20pts win (nap) THUNDER STRIKE (3.25 Newbury)
BET 3.5pts win PRIME EXHIBIT (5.30 Haydock)
BET 2.5pts win BARNET FAIR and 1.3pts win and place JOHANNES, with 1.7pts win (stakes saver) OUT DO (7.45 Hamilton)
BANKER 20pts win MAPUTO (8.15 Hamilton)
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