ANOTHER DAQMAN NAP TO ORDER: The legend that is Daqman landed two winners from three races yesterday, including his nap. All bets were at Newbury.

Friday: profit on the day 15 points
WON 1-1 MILITARY ORDER (nap)
WON 11-5 NOVEL LEGEND

SUPERNAP AND FORTUNE COOKIE: It’s Scottish Grand National day but Daqman has a supernap in the colts’ Classic trial at Newbury and his first Fortune Cookie of the Flat season, Emily Dickinson. Headlines:

RELY ON THE GOSDEN SISTERS
CHALDEAN RATES A SUPERNAP
JIMI HENDRIX ALL TUNED UP
RUBAUD SAVED FOR THIS TITLE
STORY OF A NATIONAL DOUBLE


RELY ON THE GOSDEN SISTERS

⭕ 2.05 Newbury (Fred Darling Stakes) Long gone for this supposed Classic trial are the glory days of Salsabil (see her race, 4.05 Navan today) and Bosra Sham.

Nine winners since 2011 ran in a 1,000 Guineas; the nearest to taking the Classic was only fifth. The last Newmarket 1,000 winner to go on from the Fred Darling was Wince (1999).

Ralph Beckett (Remarquee) and Team Gosden (three runners in this) would be in a close fight for ‘who trains fillies the better?”

Heavily supported this morning, Remarquee – by Kingman (see below) – turned over an odds-on Gosden in September, albeit getting 11lb.

She is out of the family of Teofilo, who just happens to be the sire of Bridestones, the Gosden No 1 today if jockey bookings are to be believed.

Looking over his shoulder, William Buick finds a Frankel filly Soul Sister, to be ridden for the Gosdens by Frankie Dettori. Can he overcome stall 14 and keep the Classics yellow jersey, if only for now?

Betdaq Betting Exchange 8.6 Bridestones, 11 Soul Sister


CHALDEAN RATES A SUPERNAP

⭕ 2.40 Newbury (Greenham Stakes) Kingman (Irish 2,000 in 2014) was the last Greenham star, though it will forever be remembered for the emergence in 2011 of a colt called Frankel. Small world, isn’t it.

Dewhurst winner Chaldean was second best (behind Little Big Bear) in my 2yo ratings for this year’s Classic season, a pound in front of Auguste Rodin.

Chaldean is by Frankel and will be ridden by Frankie Dettori. His main danger could be Theoryofeverything (by Frankel). Smaller and smaller is this bloodstock world!


JIMI HENDRIX ALL TUNED UP

⭕ 3.15 Newbury (Spring Cup) STATS: 4yo have won 13 times this century; 5yo five; leaving just three to older horses.

Eight out of 10 have carried 9st 1lb or less but that would rule out 60% of this field – unlikely to be the case – though we can accept that the stats are a double blow to Alrehb (6-9-7) and Brunch (6-9-11 rated 104).

Atrium progressed into class 2, including winning over the CD here last backend, and could be the weight-carrier, having had a run back.

Jimi Hendrix has also been out already, down the field on heavy in the Lincoln. Gelded, and blinkered first time today, he was a Spring and summer horse last year, wrapping wins at Haydock and Newmarket (July course) round a big-field third in the Britannia at Royal Ascot.

Lattam has to be everybody’s saver, the way he ate up the heavy ground to win the Irish Lincolnshire.

BETDAQ value 9 Jimi Hendrix


RUBAUD SAVED FOR THIS TITLE

⭕ 2.25 Ayr (Scottish Champion Hurdle) Not since the heady days of Sea Pigeon (1977-8) and Birds Nest (1979 and 1981) has anything done the double in this.

STATS: 18 out of 20 have gone to ages 5, 6, 7; no winner carrying more than 11st 6lb.
Bearing in mind that this is a handicap, last year’s Irish-trained winner, Anna Bunina, will be just 7lb higher, not disgraced in Grade 3 the last twice.

Anna Bunina, Colonel Mustard and Salsada are claimed off, so only First Street (Nicky Henderson) has an ‘impossible’ weight, which I’m sure the trainer will find a way to overcome; maybe via wind ops.

He won the Gerry Feilden off 12st at Newbury in November, so he won’t need excuses.

Paul Nicholls was closest then with Grivetana, and he’s saved up front-runner Rubaud for this, swerving both Cheltenham and Aintree.

BETDAQ value 7.6 Rubaud, 10 First Street


STORY OF A NATIONAL DOUBLE

⭕ 3.35 Ayr (Scottish Grand National) My preview yesterday focused on six young stayers; they’ve all stood their ground, so I’ll attempt an order-in.

It includes the stable one-two in the Liverpool Grand National, Lucinda Russell (Corach Rambler) with Your Own Story and Gavin Cromwell (Vanillier) with Malina Girl.

1: YOUR OWN STORY Excelled when stepped up in trip at Wetherby for Lucinda Russell and Derek Fox, winners of the Aintree marathon. This would give them the National double of all time.

2: KITTYS LIGHT Second in this Scottish National last year and won the Eider Chase the last day. Rating dipped for loss of form during the winter and he’s as low now as when second in the Kempton Trophy last February.

3: MALINA GIRL Gavin Cromwell, runner-up in the Grand National with Vanillier, has this Grade-2 mare who won the Ulster National first run over a trip.

4: MONBEG GENIUS This one in case the showers further soften the ground; third at Cheltenham to subsequent Aintree hero, Corach Rambler, but high in the weights now.

BETDAQ value 9.0 Kittys Light, 8.6 Your Own Story, 18.5 Malina Girl

DAQMAN’S BETS

1.50 Ayr (win 12)
BET 2pts win NED TANNER

2.05 Newbury (win 20 each)
BET 2.5pts win BRIDESTONES
BET 2pts win SOUL SISTER
BET 1pt win (saver) REMARQUEE

2.25 Ayr (win-50 bulls-eye bets)
BET 7.5pts win RUBAUD
BET 5pts win FIRST STREET

2.40 Newbury (20pts win)
SUPERNAP
Second best 3yo in Daqman’s list; 5.4 offers for the 2,000 Guineas on BETDAQ betting exchange
CHALDEAN

3.15 Newbury (win 40)
BET 5pts win JIMI HENDRIX
BET 2pts win (saver) LATTAM

3.35 Ayr (win-50 bulls-eye bets)
BET 6.25pts win KITTYS LIGHT
BET 6.25pts win YOUR OWN STORY
BET 2.75pts win MALINA GIRL

4.35 Navan (20pts win)
FORTUNE COOKIE
Gold Cup filly likely to get a tow into the race from stablemate Bolshoi Ballet, often on his toes.
EMILY DICKINSON


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