DIAMOND COULD SPARKLE AT 19.0 ON BETDAQ: There’s a chunky price of 19.0 in BETDAQ offers this morning as David Chapman’s granddaughter bids for his memorial prize with a horse called Diamond, tongue-tied for the first time. Daqman’s nap is also at Ripon tonight.
Buy your fish’n chips in Catterick and they’ll still be hot when you get to Ripon. Yorkshire racegoers have only a 25-minute journey as a break to link up nearly seven hours racing in the county today, both mushy-pea meetings.
Best race of the day is the memorial to David Chapman (7.40 Ripon), not so much a Mick Easterby cloth-cap trainer, more a York-town trilby, famous for sprinters, most notably Soba, winner of 13 races including the 1982 Stewards’ Cup.
David’s granddaughter, Ruth Carr, missed having a runner in the inaugural class-3 memorial race last year but today saddles Chunky Diamond, a one-time class-2 scorer at Ascot.
Chunky Diamond sports a tongue-tie for the first time today and is 29lb lower than the rating that lofted him to Listed level at this time last season.
Then the negatives creep in: he’s higher than for his two handicap wins, has poor form with cut in the ground, has won only once in 22 months and was nine of nine at a lower level (class 5) when last seen at Ripon in June.
Thoughts of a coup of a familial nature may have to be fanciful, but Chunky Diamond’s tongue-tie suggests that he may step up enough today to be worth a pound at the BETDAQ offers of 19.0.
What will beat him? Well, Rylee Mooch (drawn 3) is interesting at 13.0, with his trainer fresh from a double on Saturday at Hamilton and his jockey, Connor Beasley, looking to continue an ultra-consistent run since the first day of August of 3212231, topped up with Spinatrix on this very Ripon sprint course yesterday.
But Spinatrix won from stall 10 and last year’s 1-2 in today’s race were drawn 12 and 13, while the 2012 Great St Wilfrid winner here later that month came from stall 10 with 18 the runner-up.
First and second last year, Singeur and, Oldjoesaid, both have high draws again, from 11 and 10 respectively. The difference is that Singeur likes a sound surface but Oldjoesaid, who went down threeparts of a length a year ago, prefers good-to-soft ground.
Another Wise Kid also has a high stall but his defeat of Singeur and Oldjoesaid on the firm at Pontefract last month cost him a 6lb rise, and the Racing Post race analysis reads:
‘Oldjoesaid ran a most encouraging race on ground that would surely have been too lively and this was a major step back in the right direction after a couple of poor runs.’
DAQMAN’S VERDICT: Market leaders this morning Jack Luey, Cheviot and Storm Moon all have single-figure stalls and conditions seem to be against firm-ground winners Singeur and Waseem Faris.
Oldjoesaid (9.8) can get revenge for his Pontefract defeat by Another Wise Kid with that one penalised and with ‘Joe’ being claimed off. Jockey and trainer of Rylee Mooch are flying, and Chunky Diamond is worth a pound at big odds.
Selections each to win 20 points.
BET 2pts win PISTE (3.15 Catterick)
BET 3pts win LINGUINE (3.45 Catterick)
BET 2.2pts win OLDJOESAID, 1.6pts win RYLEE MOOCH and 1.1pts win and place CHUNKY DIAMOND (7.40 Ripon)
BET 11pts win (nap) ALWILDA (8.10 Ripon)
BET 3.5pts win BORDAH (8.40 Ripon)
DAQ MULTIPLES: 3pts win double SORYAH (4.30 Ffos Las) and ALWILDA (8.10 Ripon) and 1pt win treble the same two with BORDAH (8.40 Ripon)
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