HORSES TO FOLLOW YOU CAN RELY ON: YES, COOKIES ARE BACK! The punter has had everything thrown at him recently: shock results; a week of sunshine, a week of rain; gambles that never happen (or never were) but, worst of all, topsy-turvy Classic form. The answer says Daqman is to find a list of horses to follow you can rely on. Like his supernaps (6-7), they will be expected to show a level-stakes profit. Yes, Fortune Cookies are back!
DAQMAN’S FORTUNE COOKIES X1
AL AASY William Haggas; Sea The Stars out of Shamardal mare; 4yo: targets Coronation Cup, Arc De Triomphe. Group-3 double in the John Porter Stakes at Newbury and on same course this month (in a canter); likes cut in the ground.
CAMPANELLE Wesley Ward; 3yo; Queen Mary and Prix Morny winning filly; target Commonwealth Cup, Royal Ascot.
GLASS SLIPPERS Kevin Ryan; 5yo; Prix de l’Abbaye and Breeders Cup Turf (Sprint) winner; target Kings Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot.
ILARAAB William Haggas; 4yo; Group horse in a handicap when he won at York, earning automatic Ebor Handicap place.
LADY BOWTHORPE William Jarvis; 5yo; superb Nathaniel mare; nearly six lengths clear of the remainder when runner-up to Palace Pier in the Lockinge; targets Duke Of Cambridge, Royal Ascot, and Falmouth Stakes.
LAZULI Charlie Appleby; 4yo; progressive Dubawi sprinter; won twice at Group-3 level; runs Temple Stakes, Haydock, Saturday.
LORD CAMPARI Roger Varian; 4yo Kingman colt out of a Dubawi mare; far better than the bare form.
MISHRIFF John and Thady Gosden; 4yo; four out of six in the last year, including the French Derby and the Sheema Classic. Coral-Eclipse?
PALACE PIER John and Thady Gosden; 4yo; St James’s Palace winner at Royal Ascot, looks better than ever this season, taking the Sandown Mile and the Lockinge Stakes literally in his stride. Target: Queen Anne or Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
PERSUASION Charles Hills; 4yo. The ground is expected to be firm in June and this is one I like at a lower level for handicaps on a sound surface.
WALDKONIG John and Thady Gosden; 4yo; half-brother to Arc winner Waldgeist, dam a half-sister to St Leger winner Masked Marvel; made rapid progress this Spring, stepping up from handicaps to win the Gordon Richards Group-3 at Sandown; target Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
GRANARY TO GET THE DOUGH
⭕ 1.00 Brighton There’s a bumper eight-race card on the South coast and an early start too with the opener at 12.30pm.
Granary Queen looks a bet in the second race on the card. The Eve Johnson Houghton trained runner makes her handicap debut here and looks on a decent opening mark.
Crucially she seems to enjoy cut in the ground too and when seventh at Newbury last July she was only beaten 3 3/4l by the talented Isabella Giles when the ground was good so soft. Isabella Giles went on to win Group 2 and Group 3 races at Newmarket and Goodwood so the form looks rock solid.
Eve Johnson Houghton and Charles Bishop combined with a winner at Windsor last night – the final race was abandoned which was frustrating for DAQMAN as he had two bets in that race.
There’s precious little form amongst her rivals, so our only danger is bumping into a big improver. Neminos didn’t show much in three starts last season for Gary Moore but the three-year-old has since been gelded whilst the Ed Dunlop trained Billie’s Girl floundered on heavy ground at Yarmouth and will need to improve significantly for the first time blinkers.
VELOCISTAR FOR QUICK FOLLOW-UP
⭕ 4.00 Nottingham Three Hat Day is interesting for Michael Dods but despite a winner at Redcar yesterday his overall form is questionable at the moment. The Redcar winner has been his only success from his last 31 runners. Three Hat Day is also unproven on soft.
Of more interest on BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE is Velocistar who loved the soft ground when winning at Ripon on Saturday at 18/1 and is taken to follow up under a penalty for Josephine Gordon.
THE REAL DEAL
⭕ 6.35 Hexham The ground is heavy in places at Hexham so this three mile handicap chase will be a slog.
Conditions suit Real Armani though who is the only course and distance winner in the field and a dual one at that. One of those came in March on soft ground and he is preferred to the favourite Lawtop Legend whose form so far seems better over the smaller obstacles.
DAQMAN’S BETS (staked to win 10 points):
BET 4.1pts win (nap) GRANARY QUEEN (1.00 Brighton)
BET 2.5pts win VELOCISTAR (4.00 Nottingham)
BET 3.1pts win REAL ARMANI (6.35 Hexham)
What are points? Points facilitate a staking plan, which is the secret to creating profit. One point is whatever you choose: a pound, a euro, or whatever ….
Start with a bank and decide how much you can afford to lose over a period of time, and determine the size of your bets accordingly. Daqman makes this variation every day.