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11-4 NAP AS DAQMAN DELIVERS ONE-TWO, ONE-TWO: Daqman won three races in a row across the cards at Goodwood and Nottingham yesterday, landing his nap at 11-4 and naming the one-two in consecutive races. His overall profit was 43 points.

3.10 Goodwood (win 20)
WON 11-4 SOLESMES (nap)

3.30 Nottingham (win 30)

3.45 Goodwood (win 20)

18.0 AND 16.5 BETS FOR ROYAL ASCOT COUNTDOWN: Looking for ante-post bets for Royal Ascot? Daqman has two at 18.0 and 16.5 today, and every day (Tuesday-Friday) this week he will be bringing you stats and facts to find your own as the BETDAQ ante-post oranges stars the countdown to the big meeting.


WITHOUT PAROLE (next Tuesday) The best is yet to come, were John Gosden’s words after the son of Frankel (‘he will come on a bundle’) strode into the limelight at Sandown ahead of the St James’s Palace Stakes.

CRACKSMAN (next Wednesday) As if the punter’s godsend doesn’t already have a cracker for Royal Ascot. Cracksman is hot favourite for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

STRADIVARIUS (next Thursday) Order Of St George, six now, will just be there to make a price for us with Stradivarius, new kid on the Gold Cup block.

EQTIDAAR (next Friday) Rarely does Sir Michael Stoute tip one of his own horses but he reckons this one an each-way chance in the Commonwealth Cup.

CITY LIGHT (next Saturday) This column has already found an extraordinary sprinter this term. City Light could go in at a big price in the Diamond Jubilee.

Ante-post Ton-Up bet (win 100)
BET 5.75pts win EQTIDAAR (Commonwealth Cup, Friday, 18.0 BETDAQ)
Ante-post Ton-Up bet (win 100)
BET 6.5pts win CITY LIGHT (Diamond Jubilee, Saturday, 16.5 BETDAQ)

MORAVIA is also added to the Fortune Cookies. Without tipping anything in the race, I pointed up a fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown on Thursday night as containing potential star quality in Secret Thoughts (finished second), first foal of an Irish Oaks winner; Tracing, related to a Yorkshire Oaks winner; and Fire Fly, sister to Gustav Klimt.

Early days for them all but, in the event, the winner by a storming four a half lengths was Ger Lyons’ granddaughter of Giants Causeway called Moravia.

She looked a headline raver and, whatever her longer-term future, she ought to be a worth a bet, stepped up in class very soon.


2.15 Worcester League Of His Own looks very short in the opener for a horse that is a full 10lb out of the handicap. He was pulled up at Wincanton in his last race under Rules.

He’s been doing well at the point to points since then and it’s quite likely he’s revitalised but he still looks a risky proposition at around 2.52 on BETDAQ.

There’s very little strength in depth which would be a concern if you are pressing the lay button but I prefer the win and place chances of Dark Invader who has reasonable hurdles form and is stepped back in trip from his chasing debut.

6.20 Windsor A fascinating 16 runner maiden. It’s jam-packed full of lightly raced improvers and debutants so have your notebooks and trackers at the ready.

Two bets standout for me as I hope to deliver another knockout 1-2 blow to the layers and hopefully with a little more pizzazz than the Tyson Fury ‘fight’.

The Paul Cole trained debutant Voltaic brings with him a good word from my man in the long grass who reports that he’s ahead of Over The Go – another two-year-old from the stable who won at Leicester last week.

It makes sense to cover with one who already has the benefit of experience and Leading Spirit is worth another chance to build on the promise of his Yarmouth debut. I’m putting a line through his fourth here last week over the minimum trip as he was pocketed in at a crucial stage but still finished fourth.

8.10 Pontefract The best race on the Pontefract card also has the fewest number of runners. This class 2 handicap is down to just five runners.

Contango looks the obvious contender and is the only one of the quintet arriving in any semblance of form having finished third to Hamada in a valuable York handicap last time out. Banksea was last of the seven runners that day and although that form can’t be taken literally (Banksea was eased in the closing stages) I’d much rather bet on Contango confirming the form.

Tim Easterby’s stable is going well and My Reward is down in trip having finished 13th in the Chester Cup last time out. He’s a confirmed front runner and that can often be a good strategy here at Ponty but I feel he may need a tougher test of stamina to show his best form.

Baydar remains out of form and the other runner Final has been off the track for over a year and done most of his winning on the all-weather.

DAQMAN’S BETS (ALL bets staked to win 20 points)
BET 2.7pts win and 12.5pts place DARK INVADER (2.15 Worcester)
BET 10.0pts win LEADING SPIRIT (6.20 Windsor)
BET 1pt win and 5.0pts place VOLTAIC (6.20 Windsor)
BET 11.6pts win (nap) CONTANGO (8.10 Pontefract)

Ante-post Ton-Up bet (win 100)
BET 5.75pts win EQTIDAAR (Commonwealth Cup, Friday, 18.0 BETDAQ)
Ante-post Ton-Up bet (win 100)
BET 6.5pts win CITY LIGHT (Diamond Jubilee, Saturday, 16.5 BETDAQ)

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