Dan’s The Man For Cumani
Dan’s The Man For Cumani
By Anita Chambers

Luca Cumani

Luca Cumani won the tyregiant.com Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar two years ago and is poised to repeat the trick with Danadana this time.

Forte Dei Marmei claimed the 10-furlong prize for the Newmarket handler in 2010 and Danadana looks to be a similar type of runner.

Out of luck in two backend runs as a juvenile, Danadana lost his maiden tag on his first three-year-old start before progressing enough to finish fifth in the King George’V Stakes at Royal Ascot.

While he hardly troubled Brown Panther that day, Danadana did not really seem to stay the 12 furlongs and was subsequently off the track for 324 days until reappearing at Newmarket early month.

The four-year-old evidently needed that first outing as he raced prominently before backpedalling quickly from a furlong out.

That impression was confirmed when he stepped up to 10 furlongs to come home a near two-length winner back at Headquarters just over two weeks ago.

He has paid for that success with a 9lb hike in the ratings but Danadana, who will have the assistance of Kieren Fallon in the saddle again, should be able to cope with the rise before moving on to better things.

Godolphin’s Mizbah raced a bit too keenly in a first-time visor at Sandown last week but can improve on that effort in the Buy Your Tickets On-Line At redcarracing.co.uk Handicap.

The Dubai Destination gelding set out to make all but merely succeeded in setting it up for his rivals before fading to finish a close-up fifth.

He was quite heavily campaigned as a juvenile, having had seven runs, and his final effort when third behind Derby runner-up Main Sequence is a particularly eyecatching nugget of form.

Sairaam was a narrow winner at Leicester last week and can make a swift return to that venue pay in the Leicester Mercury Fillies’ Handicap.

This six-year-old is hardly the most prolific of performers, as her total of four wins in 49 starts proves, but she is in fine heart.

Her front-running style does not always bear fruit but she proved most game when holding on by a nose here last time.

She must shoulder a 6lb penalty but trainer Charles Smith obviously feels she is up to the task.

Shada is interesting as she makes her seasonal bow in the Smooth Radio EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge finished third to subsequent Group One winner Lyric Of Light on her only juvenile start and such form must put her straight on the shortlist.

Shada still holds entries in the Ribblesdale and Irish Oaks so a big run is needed here if she is to prove up to tackling one of those Pattern events.

Lady Layla looks to hold all the aces in the carlisle-races.co.uk Fillies’ Handicap at the Cumbrian venue.

Winner of two of her four juvenile starts last term, Lady Layla made a satisfactory return to the fray when second at haydock last month.

She could not quite hang on at the finish, being beaten just over a length, but trainer Bryan Smart must have been pleased with her effort in any case.

Sir Mark Prescott is obviously keen to strike while the iron is hot with Athenian, who makes a swift reappearance under a penalty in the Elite Racing Club Fillies’ Handicap at Chepstow.

She made a winning start in a Kempton handicap last week and is almost certain to go up by more than the 6lb penalty she shoulders here once reassessed.

Ivan Vasilevich is the choice in Cartmel’s Swan Hotel & Spa Four Years Old Novices’ Hurdle on the back of her third in a reasonable race at Sedgefield, which has already seen the runner-up come out to win.

Tony McCoy’s booking for the Oliver Sherwood-trained Kasbadali catches the eye in the Northampton Regent Street Casino Novices’ Chase at Towcester.

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