DAQMAN LANDS BACK-TO BACK NAPS: Spanish landed Monday’s nap at 7/4 making it back-to-back naps after Sunday’s 5-2 big-race gold. Daqman went on to make it three days in a row with two winners a day when Canagat stormed home by six lengths to win at 9/4. He had contemplated the mighty swing in his form from an uninspiring six times fourth out of seven races.
Magic Monday: 16.50 profit
WON 7-4 SPANISH (nap)
WON 9-4 CANAGAT
Sunday big-race double
WON 5-2 SARATOGA GOLD (nap, Apprentices Derby)
WON 16-1 FRED BEAR (Summer Stayers’ Final)
WON (4TH 28-1) EASY EQUATION (win and place, same race)
WON 5-1 WANEES
WON 17-2 EQUALITY
⚠️ BREAKING NEWS: STRADIVARIUS QUITS: He’s been retired. Three times Ascot Gold Cup winner, Stradivarius, also won four Goodwood Cups, a race which will now go down as his last, beaten only a neck by the new champion, Kyprios, there in August.
⚠️ BREAKING NEWS: ADAYAR MISSES ARC: 2021 Derby winner Adayar will not run in Sunday’s Arc after being taken out at the second forfeit stage today.
⚠️ BREAKING NEWS: MISHRIFF IN ARC BID: Mishriff will run in Sunday’s Arc instead of the Champion Stakes. Acceptors and Spotlight below.
27 IN TRULY INTERNATIONAL ARC
Fifty hopes dashed! Just 27 of the 77 entries for Sunday’s Arc were left in at yesterday’s forfeit stage. In particular, any ante-post hopes of Pyledriver, Hurricane Lane and Nashwa are lost, but the great and the good remain in a truly international race.
Australia Yesterday I put the spotlight on Verry Elleegant, the Melbourne Cup winner, moved to France to be trained by Francis Graffard for the race. Today’s focus is on Germany’s Torquator Tasso.
England Alpinista (Sir Mark Prescott) has been well backed with bookmakers as the new star for England, Westover (Ralph Beckett) won this year’s Irish Derby.
It was announced last night that Mishriff will switch from the Champion Stakes to the Arc, preference for a final punt at the big time rather than take on the giant Baaeed.
France Pick of the home team are Vadeni (Jean-Claude Rouget) and Onesto (Fabrice Chappet) but both were beaten by Luxembourg in the Irish Champion Stakes.
Germany (see below)
Ireland The gradual return to form of Luxembourg (Aidan O’Brien) has been the feature of the O’Brien training skills this season.
Japan The dam of Titleholder (Toru Kurita) was by Derby winner Motivator and is of the family of 1,000 Guineas winner, On the House. More about him tomorrow.
⭕ SPOTLIGHT: 3.05 Longchamp, Sunday (Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, 1m 4f)
Torquator Tasso (5-9-5) rated 125: winner on good, good to soft and heavy; 1m 3f and 1m 4f. Best form in Hamburg. Best win: the 2021 Arc De Triomphe.
TORQUATOR TASSO Two wins when three times favourite in Germany and runner–up to Alpinista in the Berlin grand prix at the Hoppegarten, so a ridiculously big price at 72-1 in last year’s Arc.
So much of the shock when he swooped 50 yards out and beat Tarnawa, Hurricane Lane and Adayar was that we had seriously overlooked him.
His defeat this season at Royal Ascot by Pyledriver (Mishriff third and Broome fourth) and at Baden-Baden the last day were small-field races not suited to the style of a horse who enjoys a big field and a strong pace.
⭕ 1.44 Ayr 1 unit nearly buys you 1 unit on the Betdaq Betting Exchange and I’m not talking about the £/$ exchange rate. Rather, United Approach who looks a solid bet in this six furlong maiden.
It’s slightly surprising to see trainer James Tate drop him quite so significantly in class following a highly promising debut at Ascot where he finished fifth (beaten just a a length and a quarter) to Revenite in a class 3. The winner and the fourth from that race have won since and the form looks solid enough.
United Approach was noted as an eye-catcher during that race and is sure to come on plenty for the run. Whilst he’s running over the same six furlong trip today he should do better over further in time.
The real attraction though has to be today’s grade. He’s dropped TWO levels down the pyramid to a class 5.
He looks a penalty kick to me and should see off the rather exposed maiden Shine’s Ambition who’s prone to throwing in the odd shocking run and Richard Fahey’s Rez who went close at Pontefract last time out and looks the danger to the nap.
TWO POINTERS IN NAVIGATION
⭕ 3.45 Cork (Navigation Stakes, Listed) A really competitive renewal of this Listed event and a couple of outsiders I want to be with are the Michael O’Callaghan trained pair Great Max and Fastnet Crown.
I’d probably want to be with the stable cat at the moment too the way their runners are going (4 winners from their last nine).
Both can be given a chance in an open race and I’ll go for a Betdaq WIN 10 points on both in the place market.
Great Max showed much more like his old form at Chester last time out when fifth in a Listed race – it was a much better effort suggesting he has retained some of the ability he showed as a two-year-old when placed in Group company and a far from disgraced fifth in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh behind the hugely talented Native Trail.
Fastnet Crown is more speculative but a repetition of his winning form from the Curragh three starts back would bring him right into this and he again gets the good ground he enjoys.
NOTES POINT TO LADY GAGA
⭕ 6.30 Wolverhampton Sarah’s Verse is paying the price for her Windsor win and looking vulnerable off a career high mark.
Cherish is also nudging up the weights despite not winning.
I’ll take a chance with Grand Cru Gaga for the Coles. She bolted up at Ffos Las and whilst I usually put a wealth warning against Ffos Las (and Brighton) form, her starting handicap mark looks fair enough considering further improvement is likely.
1.44 Ayr (win 10, nap)
BET 10.75pts win UNITED APPROACH
3.45 Cork (both bets staked to win 10 points on PLACE market)
BET 3.3pts place GREAT MAX
BET 2.2pts place FASTNET CROWN
BET 2.2pts win GRAND CRU GAGA
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