HIDDEN HORSES FOR THE FUTURE: Daqman continues his Goodwood wrap, putting up two ‘hidden horses’ for the future. Stall 2 won three of the Chester races previewed by Daqman yesterday; were you on the 18-1 winner? Daqman finished July with 37 winners in the 31 days.

TOMORROW and WEDNESDAY: Rewriting the Fortune Cookies list.


Thankyou, Matt Chapman. It was Saturday just before the start of the Stewards’ Cup Consolation at Goodwood. I don’t often talk to the television; rarely, if ever, to thank Mr Chapman.

But his slagging off my 19.0 BETDAQ bet, Stone Of Destiny, minutes before the ‘off’, helped me to stake some more at 20-1 or so.

For me, as I have said in this column before, Stone Of Destiny was a ‘hidden horse’. That’s my parlance for one running down in class, down in the weights, put where he belongs and in the right conditions. Or all four – and more – for preference!

There had been nothing very ‘good’ about my Goodwood so far, though three winning naps and a 14-1 strike had paid my way.

Stone Of Destiny, 15lb lower than for the start of the year, would put that right. But here is the Raceform analysis of his run to finish a length
and a half fourth:

‘Didn’t enjoy any luck on the day; repeatedly short of room in the final two furlongs, the gaps closed on him again when keeping on towards the finish.’ I saw all that and I spoke to the TV again; it was a brief word.

🏇 Stone Of Destiny remains a ‘hidden horse’ unless the ITV team – maybe the Weaver bird – run the reprise and spot the sequence but, partly thanks to Chapman, the horse has such a bad reputation, I think he’ll start ‘a price’ again next time out.

🏇 Equilateral sweated up before the King George on Friday. He was clearly without much chance on the day behind his stablemate, Khaadem, who won the race, overcoming the improver Raasel, despite being six years old.

There’s a ‘result’ left in Eqilateral, and he’s another ‘hidden horse’ to add to my list. I’ll tell you about more ‘hidden horses’ but you’ll have to wait until the day..

* Now look out for Fortune Cookies review and new list.


⭕ 1.18 Ayr The starting point for this race was taking on first time out winner Espionne. It’s always tough giving away a penalty in novice events and the form of the race she won won on debut isn’t working out too well so far.

Runner-up Pureness was beaten eight and half lengths into fifth at Newmarket next time out and the third Fahari was also third at Thirsk next on her next start.

Espionne looks vulnerable and Dubai Jemila can take advantage. The stable won this last year and their runner today went into many notebooks first time out at Beverley after showing her best work in the second half of the race. She looked clueless in the early stages but caught the eye when the penny dropped and should come on bundles for the run.

The two with experience should fight out the finish with no obvious positives coming for the debutants in the morning Betdaq Betting Exchange market.


⭕ 1.55 Ripon I didn’t think Violeta did much wrong on her Thirsk debut and certainly performed better than her 50/1 price tag when finishing third.

The form doesn’t look bad either with the runner up winning since and the winner going on to run at Royal Ascot.

Violeta ran green for much of the race and can only improve for the run – her trainer Ben Haslam has saddled two winners from his last eight runners.

Miss Mai Tai looks a little exposed and has a penalty to defy whilst likely market leader Swingalong’s chance has to be respected after her decent effort at Newbury and is included as a ‘stakes saver’ against a WIN 20 stake on Violeta who looks over-priced.


⭕ 8.30 Windsor Eagle One is set a tough task here off top weight of 10-4. With form figures of 266222 he deserves a break but the handicapper isn’t feeling charitable and has shoved him up another 2lb. Apprentice Frederick Larson is a good booking though, the youngster is riding with a lot of confidence and had a treble at Leicester last month.

King Of The Kippax is another that is struggling for a win but gaining a lot of podium finishes. He was a bitterly disappointing third of four at Epsom last time out when beaten 28 lengths and is hard to fancy on the back of that effort.

This might be best left to the lightly raced Rose Camira who could have been let in lightly on her handicap debut. She ran well enough in a decent race at Salisbury last time out and her starting mark of 65 might prove on the generous side given the step up in trip is a big positive.


1.18 Ayr (win 10, nap)
BET 11.1pts win DUBAI JEMILA

1.55 Ripon (win 20 with stakes saver on Swingalong)
BET 3.5pts win VIOLETA

8.30 Windsor (win 10)
BET 2.9pts win ROSE CAMIRA

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