7-4 STRIKE FOR WINNER-A-DAY DAQMAN: Daqman yesterday maintained his by now traditional winner a day on weekdays, but his naps sequence ended with the hat-trick (see yesterday’s column) when his best bet failed to run his race, though backed down to 6-4 on favourite. Daqman’s winner was Blenkinsop (WON 7-4).

HORSES TO FOLLOW: Daqman today updates his Fortune Cookies list of future-star horses to follow.

⚠️ HEADS UP: Nicky Henderson announced this morning that both Constitution Hill and Epatante will run in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on Saturday.


FORTUNE COOKIES: 167pts PROFIT

Results so far: 167.50 profit to 20pt level stakes

WON 15-2 PROTEKTORAT (170 Dan Skelton) Haydock November 19
WON 15-8 BRAZIL (142 Padraig Roche) Naas, November 12
4TH 7-2 FLOORING PORTER (164 Gavin Cromwell) November 13

Entries this week and next
AYE RIGHT (157 Harriet Graham) Rehearsal Chase, 3.25 Newcastle, Saturday.
BANBRIDGE (143 Joseph O’Brien) Drinmore Novice Chase, Fairyhouse, Sunday week.
BRAVEMANSGAME (164 Paul Nicholls) Newbury Gold Cup, Saturday.
CAP DU NORD (130 Christian Williams) 1.20 Newbury, Saturday
CAPODANNO (15, Willie Mullins) Newbury Gold Cup, Saturday.
COMMODORE (142 Venetia Williams) Becher Chase, Aintree, Saturday week.
EDWARDSTONE (161 Alan King) Tingle Creek Chase, Sandown, Saturday week.
ENQARDE (134 Dr Richard Newland) Becher Chase, Aintree, Saturday week.
L’HOMME PRESSE (164 Venetia Williams) Rehearsal Chase, 3.25 Newcastle, Saturday
ROYALE PAGAILLE (163 Venetia Williams) Newbury Gold Cup, Saturday.

The rest of the list
ALLAHO (177 Willie Mullins) King George, Kempton, Boxing Day
AN TAILLIUR (139 Jonjo O’Neill) no advance entry
GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (172 Willie Mullins), John Durkan, Punchestown, December 11, or King George, Kempton, December 26
GREEN BOOK (135 Venetia Williams) no advance entry
HERMES ALLEN (142 Paul Nicholls) no advance entry
JESUITIQUE (128 Dr Richard Newland) no advance entry
MIRANDA (145 Paul Nicholls) Long Walk Hurdle, Ascot, Tuesday, December 20.
STATTLER (158 Willie Mullins) John Durkan, Punchestown, December 11.
UNANSWERED PRAYERS (133 Chris Gordon) no advance entry.


PEMBROKE TO RELISH HEAVY

⭕ 2.40 Wetherby On a day of limited opportunities it might be best left to the Skelton’s to land the nap. They look to have a great chance here with Pembroke who relished soft ground when winning a Huntingdon bumper by 11 lengths in March and will hopefully be just as effective on the heavy ground here.

He didn’t really excel on his hurdling debut at Chepstow earlier in the month on good to soft ground. He ended up finishing seventh, beaten 11 lengths but those numbers were dented by a bad mistake at the second last.

He should at least know a little more today and this doesn’t look the toughest of events when you take into account ground question marks over several of his rivals.

Magic Wave is the obvious danger on the Betdaq Betting Exchange market and I think that’ll prove the case in the race too.

The Mark Walford trained runner has yet to tackle heavy but won his latest start, a bumper at Ayr, in commanding fashion.

Henry Grey won an Irish point on debut on yielding ground and had several entry options this week. He definitely looks one to keep an eye on, although will almost certainly need further.

Battle Of Toro brings the most experience to the table and was a wide margin winner over hurdles at Cartmel in June but overall looks exposed and I don’t think he’ll be able to defy a penalty against some interesting, lightly raced, opponents.


KNICKERBOCKERGLORY LOOKS SWEET

3.10 Wetherby The Skeltons will hopefully be looking for a double by the time this race comes around and again they have strong claims.

This time with Knickerbockerglory who bids for a fourth win on the spin and also to justify favouritism for the fourth consecutive time.

Two of his recent wins have come on soft and he was also a heavy ground winner at Ludlow last year, so no problems on that score.

It was only a match he won at Ffos Las time out but did it in great style and can see off the challenge of Adrimel who is real mudlark but has a lengthy absence to overcome.


BEST LEFT TO NICHOLLS

⭕ 3.50 Hereford Slightly less testing at Hereford today and the closing bumper can go the way of Paul Nicholls and Ioupy Collonges.

The stable remain in great form and their runner here starts out on the back of two solid efforts in Irish points which makes him vastly experienced compared to his two main rivals Saint Jaguen and Wonder Of The Seas who are both having their first day at school.

DAQMAN’S BETS:

2.40 Wetherby (win 10, nap)
BET 10pts win PEMBROKE

3.10 Wetherby (win 10)
BET 5.5pts win KNICKERBOCKERGLORY

3.50 Hereford (win 10)
BET 5.0pts win IOUPY COLLONGES


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