ASCOT COUNTDOWN: DAQMAN’S KEY RACES: From 26 Daqman Royal Ascot Strikes below, Daqman picks one race a day that is revealed as key to his big winners at the meeting, topped by Real World’s Royal Hunt Cup tipped in this column at 44.0 on BETDAQ.

ASCOT COUNTDOWN: DAQMAN’S KEY STATS: Daqman has already lined up key stats for the royal meeting in his previews during the week, race-by-race a week in advance, starting last Tuesday. Use them for your ante-post bets.

TOMORROW: FORTUNE COOKIES for the royal meeting.


DAQMAN’S KEY RACES: Queen’s Vase (Tuesday), Royal Hunt Cup (Wednesday), Ascot Gold Cup (Thursday), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (Friday), Hardwicke Stakes (Saturday). Best returns for selections published under the Daqman name.

WON 28-1 INVISIBLE MAN (2010 Royal Hunt Cup)
WON 20-1 PROFITABLE (2016 Palace House Stakes)
WON 18-1 REAL WORLD (2021 Royal Hunt Cup, 44.0 BETDAQ)
WON 16-1 SETTLE FOR BAY (2018 Royal Hunt Cup, 18.0 BETDAQ)
WON 12-1 COMMISSIONED (2016 Queen Alexandra Stakes, 23.0 BETDAQ)
WON 12-1 JULIENAS (2011 Royal Hunt Cup)
WON 12-1 SIR BUSKER (2020 Silver Royal Hunt Cup, 16.0 BETDAQ)
WON 12-1 TRIP TO PARIS (2015 Ascot Gold Cup)
WON 11-1 JOVIALITY (2012 Windsor Forest Stakes, 16.5 BETDAQ)
WON 11-1 LEGAL FORCE (2013 Diamond Jubilee Stakes)
WON 10-1 DARTMOUTH (2016 Hardwicke Stakes)
WON 10-1 LAGOSTOVEGAS (2018 Ascot Stakes, 12-1 BETDAQ)
WON 10-1 SIGNIFICANTLY (2021 Palace Of Holyrood Stakes, 20.0 BETDAQ)
WON 17-2 PRINCESS HIGHWAY (2013 Ribblesdale Stakes)
WON 17-2 FANNY LOGAN (2020 Hardwicke Stakes from 11.5 BETDAQ)
WON 8-1 MOUNTAIN ANGEL (2020 Wolferton Stakes, 15.0 BETDAQ)
WON 8-1 OPINION (2013 Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap)
WON 8-1 QUICK SUZY (2021 Queen Mary Stakes, 11.0 BETDAQ)
WON 15-2 KEMARI (2021 Queens Vase, 10.0 BETDAQ)
WON 13-2 SANGARIUS (2019 Hampton Court Stakes)
WON 13-2 SUBJECTIVIST (2021 Ascot Gold Cup, 9.2 BETDAQ)
WON 6-1 BLUE POINT (2018 Kings Stand Stakes)
WON 6-1 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (2019 Queen’s Vase)
WON 11-2 POET’S WORD (2018 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes)
WON 5-1 CAMPANELLE (2021 Commonwealth Cup)
WON 7-2 QUICKTHORN (2021 Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap, 5.6 BETDAQ)


⭕ 2.40 Salisbury today: Penguin Island made a good start to the season in her first handicap at Leicester in April, looking like a sure future winner; but she’s on only 74 here in a class-5.

The winner that day at Leicester is now an 87 and runs in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot next Thursday.

Penguin Island, giving him a couple of pounds, would have been much closer but was hampered inside the final furlong.

Her trainer, Henry Candy, shows a 17-point profit to level-stakes punting on his runners at Salisbury with a 21% strike rate (10-48) in the last five years.



⭕ 3.50 Salisbury (Cathedral Stakes, 6f Listed): Three-year-olds have sneaked in this Listed with their allowance at this time of year and won four of the last six renewals.

Clive Cox has one, appropriately called Benefit, receiving between 8lb and 13lb in today’s race. BETDAQ 3.9.

She gets on well with jockey John Fahy. They were beaten just a couple of lengths, third, at levels in the Cecil Frail last month under tender handling but making up ground to the line against a hat-trick achiever.

The runner-up, who had been second in the Cheveley Park in September, is a 111-rated filly, yet Benefit is officially 95.

The four-year-old in the race today, Method, lost her form at Group level, after being runner-up in the Cornwallis in October, 2020, and hasn’t been seen for 330 days.

But be warned that her trainer, Martyn Meade, won this with a similar sort, returning from a 253-day break and heavily backed (race run at Goodwood).

Older fillies and mares have a poor record in this, and Nahaarr is another reappearing after a long absence (358 days).


⭕ 3.57 Doncaster Michael Dods bids for a hat-trick in this race by saddling last year’s winner, Jawwaal, off just 2lb higher.

The dry ground is in his favour and his CD record is 111. Dods landed a double on Friday, both ridden by Connor Beasley, and it’s clear that Jawwaal is poised for a return to form.

Donning cheekpieces didn’t boost Digital the last day but dropping back to the minimum trip may help.

Ready Freddie Go’s winning form in the last 14 months has all been at Thirsk. Burning Cash has won only his maiden, invariably a bad sign.

His stable – Paul Midgley’s – has two other runners, Saluti and Ballintoy Harbour, both big drifters when the market opened. I took BETDAQ 2.4 Jawwaal.


2.40 Salisbury (win 18)

3.50 Salisbury (win 15)
BET 5pts win BENEFIT

3.57 Doncaster (win 10, nap)
BET 7pts win JAWWAAL

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