BACK DAQMAN’S NAPS ON BETDAQ: Daqman landed back-to-back naps yesterday with a Windsor winner to follow Sunday’s 2-1 Wonder at Newmarket, both with an edge in the BETDAQ betting.

WON 1-1 PABORUS (Monday nap) BETDAQ XSP 2.15
WON 2-1 WOODHAY WONDER (Sunday nap) from BETDAQ 4.9 offers

FAVOURITES FLOP IN FIVE GUINEAS: The whitewash of Classic favourites continued yesterday when the German Guineas went to David Menuisier’s raider, Devil’s Point. He made all, tiring in the closing stages and wandering about under Silvestre De Sousa, with horses behind checked in their run.

* Economics form was boosted and he may yet run in the Derby.


THE DEVIL’S OWN CLASSIC FORM

STILL waiting for a favourite to win. With the Irish Guineas next on the Classic agenda, punters failed yet again to call it right yesterday.

Maigret was the latest from the front of a Guineas market to fluff his lines in the German 2,000 at Cologne but there were excuses in a crowded finish.

He could be called the winner after quickening into the first three two out but then had to backpedal, ‘short of room.’ Equally luckless was Ten Bob Tony under Tom Marquand for Ed Walker.

Both Maigret and Ten Bob Tony go into the form-book with similar Raceform comments: ‘lost two places 75 yards out’ and ‘lost two places inside final furlong.’ They finished fourth and fifth.

Hats off to in-form Silvestre De Sousa, who won the English 1,000 on Emalka. He made all the running yesterday on David Menuisier’s Devil’s Point, holding on by a neck and a neck.

For those looking for clues from the form, it’s hard to rate Devil’s Point’s victory and relate it to Maigret and Ten Bob Tony, who found horses in front blocking their path.

For what it’s worth, Devil’s Point kept on second to Ancient Wisdom in the Futurity at Doncaster (heavy) last October but Ancient Wisdom was swept aside by Economics in the Dante at York last week.

Ten Bob Tony made most on the Rowley Mile in April (7f) but weakened out of the Newmarket Guineas behind Notable Speech (Alyanaabi 5th).

City Of Troy, who beat Alyanaabi and Eben Shaddad in the Dewhurst, was 17-lengths 9th in the Guineas. The Classic story so far:

WON 16-1 NOTABLE SPEECH (English 2,000 Guineas); City Of Troy 4-6 fav
WON 28-1 ELMALKA (English 1,000 Guineas); Fallen Angel 100-30 fav
WON 24-1 METROPOLITAN (French 2,000 Guineas); Henry Longfellow 13-10 fav
WON 31-1 ROUHIYA (French 1,000 Guineas); Louise Proctor 23-10 fav
WON 33-10 DEVIL’S POINT (German 2,000 Guineas); Maigret 3-1 fav


DRINK DRY ON HELTER-SKELTER

⭕ 4.20 Brighton Regular readers (hopefully plural!) will know by now that Daqman doesn’t often ply his trade at Brighton. It’s a quirky idiosyncratic course with often low grade racing and the form can often be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.

This novice event though looks well above course average and pits together some horses that may have a good future with the Betdaq Betting Exchange headed by Drink Dry.

He is back with Marco Botti having proved slightly disappointing in three starts in Meydan but prior to that had a Brighton second to his name and an Epsom third proving his liking for the helter-skelter tracks.

He was staying on when second over seven furlongs here giving the impression that the extra furlong will suit and I think his experience will stand him in good stead against some interesting lighter raced types.

Perfectly Timed has been gelded since winning at Kempton and is a big danger if translating that form to turf and coping with the track.

He looks more of a danger than Thanks Dad who probably has to improve quite significantly for his two placed starts at Chelmsford.


A REFORME CHARACTER

⭕ 7.58 Hexham I was saved by the nap yesterday having earlier taken on two short priced favourites that had no experience on the ground. I got both wrong as they both handled it fine but the premise of not taking short odds to find out still holds firm – in the main.

I want to be against the likely market leader Roccovango here for similar reasons. His recent form, including a win at Huntingdon, has all come with give in the ground and when he was last tried on good (as forecast tonight) he was beaten 41 lengths at Southwell!

A better value alternative might be Reforme for Lucinda Russell who showed much more at Musselburgh last time out when third.

The George Bewley trained Wise Move brings good point form to the table but is hard to assess in this race.


BREAD AND BUTTER RACE

⭕ 8.10 Huntingdon Bread And Butter, now a nine-year-old, seemed to appreciate the return to a quicker surface when third at Taunton last time out and can land this for Olly Murphy.

He doesn’t have a strong wins-runs ratio by any means but this looks a weak race. Gms Prince ran OK over course and distance last month but is often let down in the jumping department whilst Hugueneau pulled up when favourite at Uttoxeter but was found to have bled, so is now on the recovery mission.

DAQMAN’S BETS:

4.20 Brighton (win 10, nap)
BET 8.1pts win DRINK DRY

7.58 Hexham (win 10)
BET 2.8pts win REFORME

8.10 Huntingdon (win 10)
BET 4.1pts win BREAD AND BUTTER


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