9 DAQMAN WINNERS: ALL ODDS AGAINST: Daqman has landed NINE winners in five days, thanks to Zuckerberg (WON 3-1) yesterday, following Supreme Gift (WON 17-2) on Friday; Blueking D’Oroux (WON 4-1), Farnoge (WON 4-1), Kamsinas (WON 16-5), Slate Lane (WON 11-4) and Pic D’Orhy (WON 5-2) on Saturday; Fastorslow (WON 9-1) and Jody Ted (WON 2-1) on Sunday.
12 FUTURE DAQMAN WINNERS? That’s the plan for his 2023-4 National Hunt Fortune Cookies, which launched six yesterday and adds six more today. It’s your own stable of future stars.
FORTUNE COOKIES: NOW IT’S 12
CHASERS: Six in yesterday’s column
EDWARDSTONE (9yo by Kayf Tara, Alan King) Form tailed off in the Spring after 6-7 over 2m but his second in the Shloer on his return behind Jonbon suggests he now needs further, as was always on the cards for a son of Kayf Tara. He is unbeaten going right-handed.
JONBON (7yo by Walk In The Park, Nicky Henderson) Winner of 11 out of 13. Jumped so much more athletically to win the Shloer that the Tingle Creek looks his for the taking on Saturday week. It may be the best is yet to come.
KITTYS LIGHT (7yo by Nathaniel, Christian Williams) Still only nine; usually wins the Spring, but prepped early over hurdles this year to create a two-stage season: a big chase soon,Cheltenham and National targets after a break.
Winner of the Eider Chase, Scottish Grand National and Sandown Gold Cup consecutively, despite only about week between the last two. Kitty’s tough as a tiger, or what!
MALINA GIRL (6yo mare by Malinas out of a Westerner mare, Gavin Cromwell) Ulster National winner and took the Jewson at Cheltenham. Up in the handicap now, but yet more scope, still only six.
BURDETT ROAD (3yo by Muhaarar, James Owen) Group-3 placed on the Flat, went clear in the Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham (soft). Sets a high bar for the Irish to challenge this season. Reckoned even better on good ground.
IMPOSE TOI (5yo by It’s Gino, Nicky Henderson) Traveled strongly and only had to be nudged along to go clear of 16 others, giving weight to them all, in Cheltenham novices’ handicap hurdle. Second and third had both won last time out.
Update next week
IRISH RAIDER AT TROPICAL HEREFORD
⭕ 12.20 Hereford I’m not sure about finding winners on Wednesday … it’s been hard enough trying to figure out where they are racing. Kelso needed three inspections without a final decision …. whilst Wetherby announced an inspection before declaring a green light at 10.15am.
No problems at tropical Hereford where they seem to have an eco-climate – the going is good, good to firm in places and yes I did need to check that SEVERAL times.
Reverend Hubert (Charles Byrnes) and Magic Seven (Jonjo O’Neill) should fight out the opener – there’s been plenty of support on the morning Betdaq Betting Exchange market for the Irish raider despite the stable not being in great form whilst Magic Seven already has a course and distance win to his name and he was pretty impressive too winning a maiden hurdle by nine and a half lengths earlier in the month.
This will be much tougher though under a penalty and Byrnes could have found a good opportunity for Reverend Hubert who is the more streetwise of the pair and has a rating of 132.
He’s down a quite a bit in trip after his fair Cheltenham third last time out but that should not cause a problem as he won over 2m 5f at Downpatrick in August and seems to enjoy the quicker ground.
HE’S TURNED THE CORNER
⭕ 1.25 Hereford There was plenty to like about Cobbs Corner’s chasing debut over course and distance earlier in the month and it’s quite possible he will shape into a better chaser than hurdler. He won one start from 10 over the smaller obstacles.
He was competitive for much of the way last time, only tiring coming to the last which is understandable after a lengthy 200+ day break.
The handicapper has dropped him a 1lb and with the benefit of that run he appeals more than most in a race where the four non runners could have all been given a squeak of a chance.
The danger now might well be Loudspeaker who scrambled home to make a winning chase debut at Doncaster and should be able too build on that for trainer Seamus Mullins who is in good form.
THE WETHERBY WARRIOR
⭕ 2.25 Wetherby It might seem odd given the stable have had eight winners in the last 14 days but I’m not convinced about the form of Dan Skelton. Those winners have come from a bumper 64 runners and by his own high standards that percentage is below par.
Only one of the last eight favourites from the yard have won – three odds-shots in that sequence have been turned over.
So forgive me but I won’t be at the front of the queue to back hurdling debutant The Village Way Here. His Point efforts were good but aside from the trainer form I’d be concerned this might be on the sharp side.
I prefer Toonagh Warrior from the smaller yard of Stuart Edmunds (three winners from last 11). He shaped really well on stable debut at Warwick behind what looked a useful type for Alan King.
12.20 Hereford (win 10, nap)
BET 7.7pts win REVEREND HUBERT
1.25 Hereford (win 10)
BET 2.2pts win COBBS CORNER
2.25 Wetherby (win 10)
BET 5.0pts win TOONAGH WARRIOR
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