11.0 NAP SECOND THREE PARTS OF A LENGTH: Daqman was spot on with the action at Nottingham yesterday when he named front-runner Benacre (3rd 11-2, beaten half a length and a neck) to face a challenge from Great Blasket (WON 3-1). His place nap, Starproof, was another front-runner, 11.0 on BETDAQ, just three parts of a length down, headed in the final furlong.

WON 3-1 GREAT BLASKET (Thursday)
WON (2nd 13-2, w/p nap) STARPROOF 11.0 taken on BETDAQ
WON evens MAGIC MEMORIES (Wednesday)
WON 2-1 LIFE ON THE ROCKS (Tuesday nap)

ROYAL ASCOT ANTE-POST SERVICE: Daqman spots races with strong draw bias on next Friday’s card at Royal Ascot.

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🎩 2.30 Royal Ascot next Friday (Albany Stakes, 6f)
AGE: 2yo only
KEY DRAW Results by stall (13 years): 14, 12, 20, 17, 13, 16, 13, 15, 14, 14, 2, 4, 8. Extremes of the draw are best.
TRAINERS: Aidan O’Brien 2, Roger Varian 2, Team Channon 2.
JOCKEY: Jamie Spencer 4

🎩 3.45 Royal Ascot Friday (Coronation Stakes, 1m)
AGE: 3yo fillies only
DRAW: Stalls 7 to 11 eight out of 12
TRAINERS: Sir Michael Stoute 4, Aidan O’Brien 3, Team Gosden 3, Jessica Harrington 2, Jean-Claude Rouget 2, Andre Fabre 2.

🎩 4.25 Royal Ascot Friday (Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, 1m 3f+)
AGE: 9 out of 10 to 4yo and 5yo
DRAW: 9 out of 10 to stalls 12 to 21
TRAINERS: Hughie Morrison (2)

🎩 5.40 Royal Ascot Friday (King Edward V11 Stakes, 1m 4f)
AGE: 3yo only; the ‘Ascot Derby’
DRAW: Eight out of nine in stalls 1 to 6
FAVOURITES: four out of five
TRAINERS: Sir Michael Stoute 6, Team Gosden 3, Team Johnston 3, Aidan O’Brien 3, Saeed Bin Suroor 2.
JOCKEYS: William Buick 3, Ryan Moore 3.

🎩 6.15 Royal Ascot Friday (Palace Of Holyrood House Stakes, 5f)
AGE: 3yo only
DRAW (four years): 19, 24, 11, 25


⭕ 3.00 York today (6f fillies’ handicap) Al Simmo was beaten a nose in this last year, giving 9lb to the winner on good-to-firm ground. His seven wins have all been on top of the ground.

The winner last year was a three-year-old and now, on softening ground, he is conceding between 3lb and 22lb to half a dozen in that age group. In fact, three-year-olds have won this four times in the last seven seasons.

Alfa Kellenic and Apeeling are asked to climb three grades after scoring on good to firm. Thursday’s Child, a soft-ground novice winner, failed to step up in grade when trying a new trip (7f), only fourth here at York.

Flaccianello scored twice on the soft at today’s class-2 level last summer and autumn, and has had a run back. Will she get enough cut? The bookies’ markets say ‘yes;’ but Betdaq Betting Exchange offers value at 11.5. She looks best of half a dozen three-year-olds.

Queen Of Mougins has been taking on Listed and Group company but may not like the forecast rain, though again she is ‘strong’ in most betting; 9.8 on BETDAQ.

⭕ 4.10 York Reach did no more than necessary to win over the York CD in August. As last year, she needed her first run back – a good third over the same York CD – and should be among the top contenders today.

Godwinson tries this longer trip after closing at the finish of the Newbury Spring Cup but he was a long way behind the horse that won the race (no explanation found) when they met again on the same course a month later. You have to forgive him that lapse.


⭕ 3.15 Sandown Alan King, who won this last year with Paradias, saddles Gallant Lion off a 7lb lower rating, despite his 20lb rapid scaling of the ladder – winning in class 6, class 5, class 4, class 3 consecutively – for a different trainer from June to August last year.

He completed his hat-trick at Sandown under William Buick, and Buick is back today for the four-year-old’s return to the Esher track.

After an initial prep for King, Gallant Lion returned to Newbury a month ago as favourite, but failed to get a run, sixth but beaten only a couple of lengths, behind one of Sir Michael Stoute’s.

Stoutie is again his main rival with Crystal Mariner, who went to Chester to see how he fared – third, running on well – after wind surgery and gelding.

Born Ruler is a CD winner at Sandown in lower class and subsequent Cambridgeshire fourth Majestic split the last two winners of today’s race, Lord Protector and Paradias, when they met at Sandown last July.

⭕ 5.30 Goodwood Sire, dam, dam’s sire and several filly relatives all won as two-year-olds and Moostar was backed in overnight from 40-1 to 16-1, dropped in class. Still 17.0 on BETDAQ as I write.


⭕ 7.08 Cork (Munster Oaks) Thunder Roll, Sumiha and Trevaunance, were covered by less than a length when the 1-2-3 in a Listed here on soft in April.

Sumiha was stopped in her run several times and is likely favourite to get her revenge today, but Greenfinch could be the value at BETDAQ 4.6.

By the sire of the moment, Justify, three-year-old filly Greenfinch was indeed a big green sort as a two-year-old and today’s step up in trip follows a decent prep at Leopardstown first run back.

This Munster Oaks is won by older fillies and mares, unless you are Aidan O’Brien, who has won it four times with three-year-olds in the last nine years.


3.00 York (win 20)

3.15 Sandown (win 18)

4.10 York (win 20)
BET 3pts win REACH

5.30 Goodwood (win 20)
BET 1.25pts win and place MOOSTAR

7.08 Cork (win 20 nap)

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