DAQMAN’S DONE IT! BELLS RINGS UP 10 CONSECUTIVE LAYS: Daqman made 100 points profit from 10 consecutive 10-point lays in three weeks when The Bells O Peover failed to reach the frame yesterday.
NOW FOR THE RECORD: Daqman’s record is 16 in a row and he’s also hit 13 twice before. The last eight in his current sequence were all beaten favourites. Place-only layers should note that eight out of 10 were not in the first three:
* The Bells O Peover (unplaced 4-1 jt favourite), Ascot Sept 30
* Cheveton (unplaced 5-1 favourite), Haydock Sept 24
* Cill Rialaig (3rd 3-1 jt favourite), Newmarket Sept 22
* Waltzing Cat (unplaced 15-8 favourite), Kempton Sept 21
* Half A Billion (3rd 7-4 favourite), Beverley Sept 20
* Deliberation (unplaced 9-4 favourite), Hamilton Sept 18
* Labarinto (unplaced 7-2 favourite), Newbury Sept 17
* York Glory (unplaced 11-2 favourite), Doncaster Sept 10
* Zero Money (unplaced 7-1), Doncaster Sept 10
* Catchanova (unplaced 4-1), Kempton Sept 7
2.05 Ascot (Cornwallis Stakes): With currently two winners from four runners, Peter Chapple-Hyam has one or two decent juvenile fillies, including the runner-up in the Cheveley Park.
So I fancy a bit each-way My Propeller at 6.8, dropping a grade and relatively unexposed, compared with the Queen Mary third, Caledonia Lady, and the high-drawn Stonefield Flyer.
2.40 Ascot (Cumberland Lodge Stakes): Marcus Tregoning has a 50% record in this race over the last decade but it’s hard to fancy Yaseer and you are left wondering about the other three-year-old in the race, why did Quest For Peace leave Ballydoyle?
St Leger winner, Arctic Cosmos, hasn’t been seen since his glory day at Doncaster but he’s always gone well fresh and John Gosden showed that he means business with this horse and that he is no back number by taking him for a special racecourse gallop with King George winner Nathaniel.
3.00 Newmarket (Tattersalls Millions Fillies): Clive Brittain, who saddles Wahylah, won this at 20-1 last year, and came back to form recently when a gamble on another two-year-old filly was landed in the Oh So Sharp Stakes.
The odds-on Samitar, winner of the Albany and placed in the Fillies Mile and May Hill, has beaten Lemon Rock and Soho Rocks by more than Wahylah could manage on today’s course last month, but Samitar’s collateral form was achieved on soft ground.
I expect to see big improvement from Aniseed but the 13.5 Wahylah looks wrong alongside Samitar’s 1.93, and is worth a bit each way.
3.00 Newmarket (Tattersalls Millions Colts): In the three runnings of this, we’ve had winners at 66-1 and 33-1, but they turned out decent horses, all three competing at Group level and one of them, Donativum, going on to win the Breeders Cup juvenile.
There could be another turn up here, since the winning form of Entifaadha, Coupe De Ville, Talwar and Miblish was achieved on soft or the easy side of good, and it’s Tell Dad’s comfortable CD success over Alkazim, Mehdi and Coup De Ville on firm ground that most appeals.
Richard Mullen keeps the ride on Tell Dad with Richard Hughes seemingly making Coup De Ville his choice of the Hannon pair. Both are around 9.0 as I write, so I shall bet that Hannon wins the races. Dutch.
3.15 Ascot (Bengough Stakes): Genki is back to his winning grade after a Group-1 campaign but there’s never been a winning favourite in this race, and he’s closely matched with Elzaam.
Perfect Tribute wears blinkers which seems to signal that he intends to beat his own record time on the course, and Gramercy (14.0 on Betdaq this morning) should go well if the ground doesn’t dry out too much.
If it does ride on the firm side, I would fancy Rose Bonheur. Last year’s winner of this, Betwitched, had Rose Bonheur well behind last time out but that was on the soft and ‘Rose’ is a big price at 14.5.
3.35 Ascot: Of the two three-year-olds, Jameel is inexperienced and Art History exposed and they may not cope with Greylami (9.8) and Warlu Way (9.4), two fast-ground lovers.
The form is there to be seen, with Greylami 10lb better for little more than a length with Art History when they met at Kempton a month ago.
3.50 Ascot : If Gramercy wins the Bengough, it will boost Smarty Socks, who beat him over CD a month ago. Massive fields for this race have gone, with the so-called ‘safety limit’ dropped to 18.
You always know when bureaucrats who don’t know their subject are in charge; they tinker with everything so they seem to be doing something.
Any horse that can win on soft and firm and on both the turns of Goodwood and the stiff straight of Newmarket gets my eye. Decent Fella seems to get better with age and 13.5 is a tempting offer, as I write.
Hunt Cup fifth Eton Forever has had a break and the 8.8 about him also looks value against horses getting jaded at this time of year.
BET 3.4pts win and place MY PROPELLER (2.05 Ascot)
BET 1.6pts win and place WAHYLAH (2.25 Newmarket)
BANKER 20pts win ARCTIC COSMOS (2.40 Ascot)
BET 2.5pts win on each COUPE DE VILLE and TELL DAD (3.00 Newmarket)
BET 1.4pts win on each GRAMERCY and ROSE BONHEUR (3.15 Ascot)
BET 2.5pts win on each GREYLAMI and WARLU WAY (3.35 Ascot)
BET 2.6pts win ETON FOREVER and 1.7pts win DECENT FELLA (3.50 Ascot)