BDH Sunday Runner: D&D aiming for an Irish Jig?

Hopefully D&D will have the luck of the Irish!

We make a very rare foray across the Irish Sea for a BDH qualifier today, with one of our squad taking to the track in the Irish Cambridgeshire at Curragh.

Before that, however, just a few thoughts on Yesterday’s runners…

DUNGANNON – 205 Sandown

An each-way bet was suggested and he finished a fine and dandy…4th! Would have been fine if the full 16 had gone to post…but they didn’t, we had 2 non-runners. The race pace played out a bit muddling, didn’t really suit our lad and the gaps did not appear when needed. That’s racing, however, and there are no excuses here.

I’m still not convinced by the Sandown draw but it could be argued that Dunny ran well again from a poor draw…

THUNDERBALL – 255 Chester

He was a no bet for us anyway as he pretty much had nothing in his favour here and as predicted he ran like it. Hopefully, however, it will give us a massive price next time out, if of course he fits our criteria.

Now onto today’s BDH qualifier…

Sunday BDH Runner: DANCE AND DANCE – 445 Curragh

To be fair I wasn’t really expecting him to appear in Ireland but kudos for connection for looking a bit further afield in their bid to get him back in the winners enclosure.

The return to 1 mile is a positive move for me, in my opinion that’s where he is most effective at these days.

Ryan Moore back in the plate is also a huge bonus. His record on D&D is a rather fetching 12240. Moore also has a solid record at the track with 9 wins from 31 for a 29% S/R.

He runs well when returning after a break of 15 days or less and has proven in the past that he runs very well in large fields.

It’s a tough race to try and win, with more than a few unexposed sorts going into battle, but back at a mile and with Moore in the saddle I’m happy to pitch in again on D&D.

I’ll be honest though we can’t keep giving D&D that many more chances, his days may well be numbered as a fully paid up member of the BDH squad…

Ben (BDH)



6 thoughts on “BDH Sunday Runner: D&D aiming for an Irish Jig?

  1. Good morning Ben, in my opinion Dungannon ran a very good race yesterday given the draw he was racing from and I think he is well capable of winning from his current mark. Swendab who finished 6th from stall 13 is one I have put in my notebook as a sure fire winner when he gets his conditions, this one will require some patience as I do not expect to have a bet on him until next summer.
    Straight 5 or 6F
    Good or Good to Firm going.
    Top 6 in the weights
    9 runs 6 wins 3 places
    One to store away for 2014 under the above conditions.

    Anyway on to today and Dance and Dance and as you say it will be a tough race to win with so many holding live chances but unlike yesterday the draw will not be an excuse today and he has conditions in his favour and he should not find any trouble in running at this course. I can only find one previous runner for the trainer in Ireland and that was back in 2003 when Day To Remember finished 3rd of 15 in a £35,000 handicap at the Curragh.

    This race has proven very difficult for UK trainers to date of 14 runners which all started at 14/1 or lower they have managed just 3 places at 5/2, 100/30 and 14/1.

    8/1 is short enough for a race of this nature and this is a poor race for favourites with just 1 winning.

    So fingers crossed he manages to get that elusive win today. I will also have an EW bet on Vastonea at 33/1 best price available with StanJames. Although the ground may not be soft enough I think it is worth the risk at the current odds.

    • Hi Eamon

      Very interesting comments re. Swendab. Patience will pay, you need bundles of it in this game. Straight track looks imperative for him, Chepstow a potential target as well (strong record of 11352).

      The price on D&D today ended up as ludicrously short in a race of this nature. Race panned out very strangely and D&D didn’t exactly help himself with a tardy start!

      He is becoming a tricky bugger!

      Cheers – Ben (BDH)

  2. Ok ben,dunn was tanking but he was in all sorts of trouble from his position,he got no run what so ever and he got sqeezed,so when he did get out a credible 4th,but thats horse racing,thats why we love it,if he stays on this mark,and same conditions also with a winning jockey thats won on him before,theres only 3 and jimmy was one of them,we are in with another chance great stuff again ben

    • Hi Jules

      Yes things didn’t go to plan for Dunny at all and we still have a live chance (conditions allowing) of him collecting for us before the season is out.

      Cheers – Ben (BDH)

  3. hey Ben, you are probably aware of it but I dont think your comments option is working on your new NTF article. I tried to post but asked for a password…

    • Ah, OK that makes a bit of sense! No I didn’t know that Josh so cheers for the heads up. NTF must be jealous of all the attention that BDH is getting and has gone in a sulk.

      I’ll have a dig about and see if I can solve the comments problem.

      Thanks for letting me know mate, much appreciated.

      Cheers – Ben (BDH/NTF)

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