NAP UP AND 12-1 WINNER IN ANOTHER STUNNING DAY: Fresh from a sensational Cheltenham, Daqman yesterday bagged five-lengths scorer Bear’s Affair (WON 12-1) at Kempton and napped eight-lengths winner Master Milan (WON 11-8) at Ffos Las.
PIPPED AT 14-1 IN THE NATIONAL: One of his jackpot bets, Major Malarkey (2nd 14-1), edged ahead in the Midlands Grand National only to be run out of it by threeparts of a length near the line. He also landed Volador (WON 9-2).
HE HAS 50.0 SHOT IN HAND FOR AINTREE: Today Daqman looks ahead to the big-race scene and the start of the Flat, knowing he has a 50.0 offer in his wallet already for the Grand National.
Wealth awaits you. Mr Multiple Entries himself, Richard Hannon, who sometimes has half a dozen in a single sales race, has left just one horse in Saturday’s Winter Derby at Lingfield.
The name is Cai Shen. And the words stand for the ‘god of prosperity and profit’ or, in every day Chinese parlance, they use the deity’s name to express one thing: wealth.
If I’d known I would have called this column Cai Shen, instead of Daqman, such has been my good fortune with jackpot betting recently.
The one I still have up my sleeve is a win-100 ante-post Betdaq take of 50.0 about Seabass, now 14-1 third favourite in some books, for the Liverpool Grand National on April 14.
The Winter Derby tells us Spring is nearly here; then the month ends with the Lincoln Handicap – on the last day of March – when we hope to start the turf season with another big winner. But it won’t be trained by Hannon; he doesn’t have a single entry.
I don’t think I can remember a year since the Winter Derby began in 1998 (won by the trainer with the beautiful daughter, Philip Mitchell) that Richard has had just one horse between two major Spring prizes.
Cai Shen must then be something special.
When you have such huge overs as I have from Seabass, you wish you’d spent a prospective pound of it on a Spring Double: but I didn’t have the information on the Lincoln that I had one memorable year in the 1970s.
I had just started working for a newspaper which ran a day-at-the-races competition, and I was there when the winning reader was entertained at her chosen venue, Sandown Park.
The woman didn’t let on any particular interest in the sport whatever until, at the end of a pleasant afternoon, she told us: ‘Actually, I own a racehorse and we’re planning to win the Lincoln with it.’
The rest is history, as they say: the horse, Sovereign Bill, won the Lincoln, and I managed to land the big double, with Well To Do in the Grand National.
The winnings were good but could hardly be called Cai Shen. There’s always another year, and another plot.. so keep in touch with this column so that I can keep in touch with you.
Meanwhile, ignore the hype: maybe Top Offer is indeed the medium of a proper punt for the 2,000 Guineas, as reported yesterday.
But if you join in now, you are backing the beast AFTER the value has gone. The whole point of this column is to try to pick value, as we did at Cheltenham, BEFORE it has gone. That should be your aim, too.
The ones we’re all waiting for after Cheltenham are stroll-home Jewson winner Sir Des Champs who will run next at Punchestown and Grand Vision, the Tizzard Cheltenham ‘winner’ that never was.
Grand Vision was rerouted to the Albert Bartlett (third) after failing to qualify for the Pertemps, though he’d won his heat, with the subsequent Pertemps Final winner, fourth, the JLT Speciality winner fifth and the Kim Muir winner out of the six.
Apart from making a madness of the Pertemps, what does that say about all-the-way Albert Bartlett winner, Brindisi Breeze, who next turns out at Aintree?
So there you have it: Brindisi Breeze, Cai Shen, Seabass, Sir Des Champs, a quartet to follow in the coming weeks. But I’d give a Sovereign Bill for them all!
DOUBLE WHAMMY: LAY to win 10pts SLEEPING CITY and 10pts win (nap) SWING BOWLER (2.45 Newton Abbot)
BET 5.4pts win HADA MEN (3.30 Carlisle)
BET 5.1pts win DO IT FOR DALKEY (4.00 Carlisle)
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