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HORSES TO FOLLOW WITH ROYAL ASCOT IN MIND: Royal Ascot starts a week tomorrow. Start checking out the races you want to be in, and the horses you want to follow. Here is Daqman’s Fortune Cookies update, and tomorrow and all the week he will assess the stats and facts for the corresponding Ascot day next week, Tuesday for Tuesday, Wednesday for Wednesday and so on, hopefully spotting an ante-post bet or two along the way.


Hold your nerve! Daqman’s decision to stand by 1,000 Guineas winner, Hermosa, paid off handsomely when she went on to win the Irish 1,000.

Now he’s holding faith in Anapurna, Elector, Mabs Cross, Mustashry, Sir Dragonet and Stradivarius ahead of ante-post bets for Royal Ascot.

Here are 21 to follow. There will be a full update, with profit and loss so far, with any Royal Ascot additions on the Monday before the big meeting.

Anapurna (John Gosden) Controversial Oaks winner over Pink Dogwood.
Cleonte (Andrew Balding) Northumberland Plate
Elector (Sir Michael Stoute) Royal Hunt Cup, Royal Ascot, June 18
Enable (John Gosden) Eclipse Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Global Prospector (Clive Cox) Nothing specified
Headman (Roger Charlton) Plans not specific
Hermosa (Aidan O’Brien) Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
Invincible Army (James Tate) Diamond Jubilee, Royal Ascot, June 22
Joyful Mission (Sir Michael Stoute) Plans not specific
Le Don De Vie (Andrew Balding) Nothing specified
Mabs Cross (Michael Dods) Kings Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 18
Matterhorn (Mark Johnston) Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 18
Melting Dew (Sir Michael Stoute) Northumberland Plate
Mustashry (Sir Michael Stoute) Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 18
Phoenix Of Spain (Charles Hills) St James’s Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 18
Rawdaa (Sir Michael Stoute) Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 19
Sir Dragonet (Aidan O’Brien) King Edward V11 Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
Stradivarius (John Gosden) Ascot Gold Cup, June 20
Qabala (Roger Varian) Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
Too Darn Hot (John Gosden) St James’s Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 18
Wissahickon (John Gosden) Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 19

DELETED: A Momentofmadness, Calyx (injured), Rip Orff, Sangarius, Solage, Surfman.


It’s important to keep one eye on the weather today with parts of the UK under severe weather warnings for the potential of flooding. Some parts of the UK are forecast to see a months worth of rainfall in just a single day. The bad weather is due to hit this afternoon and evening, so it would appear prudent to keep an eye on the soft ground horses at Windsor – despite the official going this morning being described as good, good to firm in places. The same applies for Leicester this afternoon where the going is already good to soft in places.

3.30 Leicester The best race on the card at Leicester might be this conditions race over a mile and a half which is a class three. It doesn’t look the most competitive race for a decent prize fund.

The official ratings in this race point firmly towards the chances of Arthur Kitt but trainer Tom Dascombe is struggling for form at the moment with just one winner from his last 20 runners and Arthur Kitt himself only beat one home in the Chester Vase last time out on good to soft ground.

This is obviously a lot easier, but he might prove vulnerable to the older Bombyx who comes from the James Fanshawe yard who have hit good form with four winners from their last 17 runners.

Bombyx was by no means disgraced last time out in the group 3 Brigadier Gerard steaks at Sandown when fifth but not beaten too far.

With the benefit of that run he might prove hard to beat and we have the added insurance factor of him being a previous course winner here at Leicester when the ground was good to soft.

4.30 Leicester There are already three non-runners in this race which now may be at the mercy of the Clive Cox trained Vasiliev who remains progressive after just two racecourse starts.

He ran well at Nottingham last time out when third and is the obvious contender.

However, he looks very short in the market for a horse totally unproven with give in the ground. As such, a better play might be on the more experienced Godolphin runner Al Mureib who has struggled to record a first success with a string of placed efforts.

His experience though might be the key today if the Dubawi colt copes with the softer ground over a shorter trip which, on paper, looks likely.

4.45 Stratford In the closing handicap hurdle at Stratford the winning run of Global Tour may continue. He is up a full 16lb since his winning run began at Bangor and has since followed up with wins at Ludlow and Southwell where he only just got home last time out.

If there is one horse to stop him though it might be King Muro who ran really well at Kempton when 3rd to Tidal Watch and he should’ve come on plenty for that run. He looks the value against the favourite.

DAQMAN’S BETS (all staked to win 20 points):
BET 10.0pts win (nap) BOMBYX (3.30 Leicester)
BET 5.9pts win AL MUREIB (4.30 Leicester)
BET 3.4pts win KING MURO (4.45 Stratford)

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