15.0 BETDAQ OUTSIDERS FOR DAQMAN AT LINGFIELD: Daqman finds a Fortune Cookie from a BETDAQ hurdle at Punchestown yesterday. He tilts at outsiders today at 15.0 and 15.5 morning offers and naps a Sir Michael Stoute improver in one of two Ladbrokes Listed fillies’ races at Lingfield.
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CROSSHILL IS WORTH FOLLOWING
FORTUNE COOKIES: Jessica Harrington’s Crosshill goes on to the list after running right away with the BETDAQ 2% Commission Exchange Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday.
We already had Vanillier in that race as an early bird, and the Gavin Cromwell grey ran to the line, second, and will win a novice for us.
With the possible exception of Fissa (third) the rest of the field was going up and down on the spot at the end of the 2m 4f.
It will be interesting to see where Crosshill goes next. The obvious would be the Punchestown two-day meeting in two weeks’ time. Vanillier stays on the list. That one’s next venue is also intriguing.
As a 3m Point winner, he can explore beyond yesterday’s trip, but he showed a lot of speed and, travelling up with the pace, could use his stamina to assert at, say, 2m 2f.
TEMPLEHILLS STILL THROWN IN..
⭕ 2.06 Stratford Stats are helpful but not the be-all-and-end-all. For instance, I had prepared notes for this race to the effect that six-year-olds dominate (four wins in five years). But there ain’t none. Not a one in this year’s race.
Punches Cross, a Wexford winner at this trip on heavy ground for Joseph O’Brien, has joined Jonjo O’Neill.
I’ve tried one or two of Jonjo’s lately but he is a difficult trainer to read and his strike rate is poor at present.
Templehills, formerly with Nigel Twiston-Davies, drew a blank last year switched to Jonjo, but scored immediately on his return to ‘Twiston’ three weeks back, putting in an excellent round of jumping on today’s track for Jack Savage.
He’s back for more, still 23lb below his old mark, when he was running in a Graded race two years ago. Jack Savage is 2-2 for ‘Twiston.’
Mystical Clouds has changed both owner and trainer since winning at Kempton in February by three-parts of a length from Aintree My Dream, who lost a shoe, but Aintree My Dream has scored only once in three and a half years, so can’t really blame his footwear or lack of.
His current sequence of 330322 suggests that, though interesting as a course-and-distance winner, he’d much prefer not to put himself out; he’ll settle for a place.
Dustin des Mottes hasn’t won in eight races in England since moving from France two years ago. I took 4.5 Templehills early on in the BETDAQ Sportsbook.
15.0 WISH LOOKS BIG FOR HANNON
⭕ 2.15 Lingfield Richard Hannon runs three. The one they went for last night was War Glory, who has collateral form with Documenting.
Since winning over this course and distance in November, Documenting has scored twice on turf, including a class 2 at Ascot last month. But, with Ray Dawson’s claim, he can run in this 5lb below his new turf mark.
War Glory is his old nemesis, beating him three races in a row last summer, including in today’s race when giving him weight. But War Glory has been struggling with nine straight defeats since those days.
Hannon stablemate, Oh This Is Us (BETDAQ 6.2), has high hopes, with Ryan Moore booked. They were second in the 2017 Lincoln Handicap, and brought back together in September when scoring at Chelmsford.
Magical Wish makes up three Hannon-trained runners in this race who have all won over the Lingfield course and distance. As a four-year-old, he should have the best chance of the trio.
Magical Wish is big at BETDAQ 15.0, with 22211 figures on AW. Led all the way at Doncaster on turf (class 2) in August and is better off in the ratings with the runner-up, Ghalyoon, who has been beaten again since in a similar race last month.
The hidden horse is Maxi Boy, placed in the July Stakes (Group 2) as a two-year-old but not seen out since August of last year.
BUICK’S SWEET ON GAME SORREL
⭕ 2.45 Lingfield (Ladbrokes Fleur De Lys Fillies Listed) Here’s some interesting action on a quiet day, with top owner-breeders looking for black type for the paddocks from two Ladbrokes-sponsored Listed races for fillies.
Richard Hannon’s 1,000 Guineas runner-up Cloak of Spirits has already won at this level, and drops down from another Group-1 place, third in the Sun Chariot on heavy (Lavender’s Blue behind that day, and she’s also beaten Ummalnar).
Sir Michael Stoute’s Sweet Solera second, Soffika, is prone to problems and long lay-offs and, if she’s the best of the opposition, then the favourite ought to win.
The Cheveley Park stud is hoping for some black type for Indie Angel, for whom there have been excuses, and she has stable jockey Frankie Dettori up for the first time today. Huge at 15.5 in the BETDAQ exchange orange.
⭕ 3.45 Lingfield (Ladbrokes Listed Fillies Stakes) Aidan O’Brien swerves the weekend meetings in England but sends Elizabethofaragon on a solo mission for this, despite running her (third) five days back at Leopardstown on heavy.
The daughter of Galileo has tried four different trips but this is her first time on a man-made surface. She’s up a stone in the ratings since taking the Ulster Oaks in July.
But she’s five times a loser since, all at very big odds for a Ballydoyle runner: 18-1 (twice), 25-1 and 28-1 (twice).
Here’s John Gosden and Frankie Dettori together again with Jane Marple, with first-time blinkers suggesting a level of desperation. Like Domino Darling, she is very lightly raced after just three runs. Compare Hyanna, who has made 31 appearances!
My vote goes to Sorrel, never out of the frame in five starts since her maiden, and likely to turn around 10-furlong form with Tulip Fields (Goodwood in June) over today’s extra distance.
Sorrel started winning as soon as she stepped up to 1m 4f, and got a big word from William Buick for her courage in beating a Group-3 placed filly at Doncaster. Going for a hat-trick at a morning 4.0 and better in the BETDAQ Betting Exchange.
2.06 Stratford (win 20)
BET 5.75pts win TEMPLEHILLS
2.15 Lingfield (win 20)
BET 4pts win OH THIS IS US
BET 1.4pts win MAGICAL WISH
2.45 Lingfield (win 20, win 10)
BET 1.4pts win INDIE ANGEL
BET 5.5pts win CLOAK OF SPIRITS
3.45 Lingfield (win 20, nap)
BET 6pts win SORREL
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