DAQMAN CATCHES THEM NAPPING: Daqman served up a nap at Newbury that got past the layers yesterday, game, set and match for Oisin Murphy, who has had seven winners in four days.

WON 11-4 FAST STEPS (nap)

KING IS HIS COUNTING HOUSE: Aidan O‘Brien has not declared Continuous and Luxembourg for tomorrow’s Eclipse, which means that the £1.5m King George at Ascot on July 27 could be where Ballydoyle accounts for all the place money, with Auguste Rodin, Luxembourg, Los Angeles, Passenger and Continuous in the front rank.


⭕ 2.30 Sandown (5f 2yo) The Actor was on the ‘wrong’ side in the Coventry. Coming out of stall 4, he was in fact third home on the far side, half a length and a neck behind Camille Pissarro, the Marble Hill runner-up.

Earlier at Newmarket, he had beaten Tropical Storm, the Norfolk Stakes second (with Aesterius 5th), and Al Qudra, who finished only a length down (drawn 16) on the ‘right’ side in the Coventry. Betdaq Betting Exchange 3.8 taken.


⭕ 3.05 Sandown (5f handicap) Dream Composer, who won this last year off 96, now has 8lb less to carry, thanks to Joe Leavy’s 5lb claim.

But Joe is yet to score on Sandown’s demanding sprint track. So, too, Grace McEntee (3lb claim gifted to Navello).

Navello’s chance today depends on where there is more rain before mid-afternoon; he has avoided cut in the ground since two bad runs at Goodwood and Windsor in the wet of last summer.

Mia Nicholls (Tees Spirit receives 5lb) has one Sandown success to her name but all three claimers must face William Buick on Graceful Thunder and Tom Marquand on Equilateral, both riders having won this sprint in the last three years.

Oisin Murphy is on bottomweight Existent, who is 1-27 for a yard which is 1-14 in the last fortnight.

Sandown forecast this morning was ‘at or near good’. So I’ll take Equilateral, who prefers it on top but ran second in a Kings Stand on good to soft. He drops from the Pattern to handicaps, in which he has a 3-3 record. BETDAQ 5.9.


⭕ 3.40 Sandown (7f 2yo novice) Charlie Appleby and John Gosden have both won this in the last three seasons with horses made favourite.

Anno Domini (Appleby) won a strong race at Newbury, despite being bumped at the start and losing an early position. BETDAQ 2.33.

Aegean Sea (Gosden) started here at Sandown, when also bumped at the start and did well to finish third but the first-two were both 50-1 shots, and the favourite was trained by Charlie Appleby!

⭕ 4.15 Sandown (1m 3f Listed) Savvy Victory’s success in this race last year was an isolated victory in an even smaller field. But likely favourite Lions Pride has scored only on AW.


⭕ 4.50 Sandown (2m Listed) Which Quickthorn will we see? The Goodwood Cup winner over Emily Dickinson? Or the one beaten by Coltrane in his last two runs and twice dismissed by Trueshan earlier in his career?

Quickthorn won at Goodwood because it’s the kind of track you can hare off in front and set the baying pack a target.

The only other track which has seen him employ these tactics and hold off all-comers? Sandown in the Henry 11 Stakes of 2022 on his sole appearance here.

In the same Henry 11 race in May this year, Trueshan led 3f out but was run out of it, third behind Sweet William, the horse he’d beaten over further (2m 2f) in the Doncaster Cup.

Verdict: Quickthorn (116) and Trueshan (114) are rated well clear but both are older horses with in-and-out form, and I fancy the five-year-old ex-Irish mare Night Sparkle – four wins in a row last summer – to come good after two getting-to-know you runs for her new stable. BETDAQ 5.6


2.30 Sandown (win 12)
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3.05 Sandown (win 20, nap)

3.40 Sandown (win 12)

4.50 Sandown (win 14)

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