DAQMAN NAPS DOUBLE AND THE ARC WINNER: Daqman capped four days of big hitting at the racing HQs of England and France with a hat-trick on Arc day at Longchamp yesterday, including the big-race winner and his second nap of the weekend for a profit on the day of 54.25 points.

WON 17-10 OPERA SINGER (Sunday Longchamp)
WON 19-10 ACE IMPACT (Sunday Longchamp)
WON 17-10 BLUE ROSE CEN (Sunday Longchamp nap)
WON 43-10 POKER FACE (Saturday Longchamp)
WON 5-4 VANDEEK (Saturday Newmarket nap)
WON (2nd 13-1) JACK DARCY (Saturday Longchamp w/p)
WON 11-2 COPPICE (Friday Newmarket)
WON 5-1 RANGER THUNDERBOLT (Thursday Newmarket)

★ Daqman 54, Pricewise 28 (Flat season to date)
★ 81 winning naps (2023 target: 100)


🇫🇷 Arc day had it all! A new champion of Europe, Ace Impact, the top sprinting mare of a generation, Highfield Princess, and next year’s potential 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner, Opera Singer.

Opera Singer launched a fantastic treble of fillies and mares, as Aidan O’Brien laid the foundations for the Classics next season with the Marcel Boussac winner surging from the front to win five lengths.

Blue Rose Cen returned to form in style in the Opera, and Highfield Princess put up the fastest time of the trio in the Abbaye.

But the Arc was something else: Ace Impact bucked and kicked, laying down the law in the paddock prelims like some Cassius Clay on the brink of immortality.

Then he dallied out the back in the race, perfectly serene as if to say: just kidding!

It was his jockey Cristian Demuro’s turn to play the crowd. He was content to let first Hukum then Westover bid for fame from the front, until the stands gasped: Could he really win from there? Was he too late?

Demuro, too, was only teasing before playing his Ace with the Impact of a Formula-1 star out for a Sunday drive down some country lane.

He opened up the engine and the colt ate up the ground to score more than four seconds faster than the average time for the course.

The ever-modest Jean-Claude Rouget – his role, l’entraineur venerable – heaved an enormous sigh of relief and treasured his granddaughter in a hug and a dance which was one enormous flood of emotions hiding in the plain sight of laughter and pure delight.

Here was a horse commanding respect in the manner of a Frankel or a Dancing Brave. No, dammit, forget the comparisons: honour the hero!


⭕ 2.32 Bath Hot Fuss brings the most experience into the race but on the forecast soft ground that isn’t a bad thing.

Hot Fuss is also down significantly in grade which has to be the biggest single positive for his chances in this one novice event – a class 4.

Since storming home at Salisbury by five and a half lengths (when also soft) connections upped him to the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York where he was a far from discredited fourth of six (went off a 5/1 chance) and then went on to a class 1 at Haydock where he struggled.

A return to this level, on ground he loves, should bring about a return to winning form and a confidence booster. He is napped to defy his penalty.

He also holds a couple of entries for Salisbury on Thursday this week and it’s interesting that this has seemingly been chosen in preference.

Dallas Star is also a class dropper who has run well in each of his three starts including when eighth in the Chesham at Royal Ascot beaten less than three lengths. He also ran well at Newmarket when last seen out in July and has had an 80 day break since then.

We don’t know much about Palace Green despite him being fairly prominent in the Betdaq Betting Exchange market. He was sent off 22/1 on debut at Newbury but unseated Cieren Fallon leaving the stalls. Oisin Murphy takes over today but the two-year-old doesn’t hold any fancy entries.


⭕ 4.32 Bath He might have had 55 career starts but it feels as though we are dealing with a completely new horse this year with Delagate This Lord who is now three from four since joining Robyn Brisland.

His handicap rating had plummeted alongside his form tailing off at his previous yard and his three wins this year have all come here at Bath over today’s trip.

The handicapper has shoved him up another 5lb but he should still be competitive and he has fared well in the draw department too coming out of box 2.

The defection of forecast favourite Buccaboy makes life easier but it remains a very competitive sprint handicap with a host of dangers including the class dropper Crazy Luck who takes a two step drop in grade.


⭕ 6.00 Newcastle A decent class 3 which is a surprise for a Monday night at Newcastle and Concorde is taken to see off the likely favourite Vaguely Royal who has yet to tackle the all-weather and doesn’t always look the easiest of rides.

Concorde has a great record in handicap company and comes into this on the back of his latest win at Newbury.


2.32 Bath (win 10, nap)
BET 6.5pts win HOT FUSS

4.32 Bath (win 10)

6.00 Newcastle (win 10)
BET 3.3pts win CONCORDE

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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.

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Treo Eile’s Racehorse Retraining Masterclass
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WHERE THE BIG WINNERS COME FROM: Four days and seven races of top two-year-old tests are not to be missed, while you spend your time on the Cambridgeshire and Arc de Triomphe form. There could be a legend waiting somewhere among them. Daqman provides the clues in advance.

BOOST FOR NEWMARKET NURSERY BET: One of Daqman’s tips yesterday, Chic Columbine (WON 100-30), gave a big boost to offers of 8.6 on BETDAQ this morning. It’s in the nursery on the opening day of Newmarket this afternoon.


Two-year-old racing preview

⭕ 3.35 Newmarket today (Somerville Tattersall Stakes, 2yo, 7f) STATS Five out of the last seven winners have been drawn in stall 2. Charlie Appleby and William Buick, who have combined for two of them, now run Legend Of Time.

Their 2021 winner Modern Games went on to win the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf and – the following season – the French 2,000 Guineas.

⭕ 3.00 Newmarket tomorrow (Rockfel Stakes, 2yo, 7f) STATS Three of the last five winners were drawn 1 or 2. Team Gosden, winners of two of the last six, have Spiritual as a probable tomorrow.

Their 2022 winner Commissioning went on to take the Fillies Mile but did not run as a three-year-old.

And be warned that the race had been an absolute dead-end before that. The nine winners from 2013 To 2021 never scored again, losing a total of 39 times.

⭕ 1.50 Newmarket Saturday (Royal Lodge Stakes 2yo 1m) STATS: Aidan O’Brien 2, Team Gosden 2. Eight winners out of 10 were out of stalls 1, 2, 3, 4. O’Brien has six left in at this stage.

The Foxes (2022) went on to win the Dante as a 3yo but the race hero was Roaring Lion (2017), who also won the Dante, and made four consecutive Group 1 strikes.

⭕ 2.25 Newmarket, Saturday (Cheveley Park Stakes 2yo 6f) STATS Aidan O’Brien has landed four winners in the last seven seasons, but the best of a weaker bunch in the decade, compared with its old popularity, was Andrew Balding’s Alcohol Free (2020), subsequently winner of the Fred Darling, Coronation Stakes, Sussex Stakes and July Cup.

⭕ 3.00 Newmarket, Saturday (Middle Park Stakes 2yo, 6f) STATS Aidan O’Brien has won it three times in seven years but could have done without the first of them, US Navy Flag (2017),who was headlined for a plethora of races, including the Guineas, even the Derby at one stage after adding the Dewhrst to his bag!

But the War Front colt would lose eight times after, including six Group 1 and, brought back to sprinting, win only the 2018 July Cup.

⭕ 1.15 Longchamp, Sunday (Jean-Luc Lagardere 2yo colts 1m) STATS Eight out of 9 at Longchamp won from stalls 1, 2, 3, 4. Andre Fabre 3-8, winning the French 2,000 Guineas the following year with Victor Ludorum (2019).

Sealiway (2020) won the Champion Stakes and Angel Bleu (2021) the Celebration Mile but winners were not plentiful.

⭕ 1.50 Longchamp, Sunday (Marcel Bousac, 1m 2yo fillies) The only Group 1 in France for two-year-old fillies; best of all the trials this weekend, having produced Allez France (1972), Triptych (1984), Midway Lady (1985), Miesque (1986), Salsabil (1989), Finsceal Beo (2006), Zarkava (2007) Found (2014) and Blue Rose Cen (2022).

STATS: Aidan O’Brien (2), Charlie Appleby (2) in the decade; the favourites all blown out since Aidan O’Brien’s short-priced double with Ballydoyle and Found in 2014-15.


⭕ 2.25 Newmarket today (1m nursery) Stormy Waves has just 4lb with which to turn around an easy defeat by Blown Away at Chelmsford so it doesn’t look likely.

Blown Away enjoyed the step up to a mile but the value today is Granny Budgie, who has improved with every race and is expected to stay.

She gave away 3lb at Doncaster when third to Chic Columbine, Daqman’s tip when scoring decisively yesterday.

Lambert had won three out of four at a low level when he tried class 2; he didn’t like it that the surface had turned soft and much will depend today on whether the forecast showers get into the ground.

Betdaq Betting Exchange 3.5 Blown Away, 8.6 Granny Budgie

⭕ 3.00 Newmarket (6f fillies handicap) Gale Force Maya won this in 2021, and landed five prizes, two of them for Listed races, last year but she hasn’t maintained that level of form this term, including when favourite at Pontefract in one of five losing starts.

‘Maya’ tries blinkers first time today, while Kinta – second in a Group 2 last year – adds a hood after wind surgery, highest rated of the three-year-olds.

Executive Decision has been on the premises at today’s level but had to resort to lower grades to get back to winning form on soft ground in August.

I prefer the Frankel filly Frankness who ran well in an Ascot handicap but showed the benefit of a rest when really getting hold of a race at Salisbury the last day and could go on from there. Betdaq Betting Exchange 4.0 taken.


⭕ 3.35 Newmarket (Somerville Tattersall Stakes, 2yo, 7f) See above.

It’s not beyond belief that the outsider Victory Shout can give stall 2 a sixth victory in eight seasons at a huge 36.0 on BETDAQ this morning.

By Frankel out of a Shamardal mare, he could yet ‘be anything’ after storming clear by nine lengths the last day over a previous five-lengths winner.

Otherwise it’s Gosden v O’Brien v Appleby, the usual triple-header at Group level. Eben Shaddad, Military and Legend Of Time all won green; the market may help you, if you want to choose between them.

⭕ 5.18 Newmarket (1m handicap) Three-year-olds dominate (five out of seven) and a low stall seems essential (gates 1, 2, 3, 4 have together bagged seven of the last nine winners).

Ranger Thunderbolt (out of 4) is an improver who tried and failed over a longer trip; he’s back to his winning distance here off a nice mark in the handicap. BETDAQ 8.0 taken this morning.


2.25 Newmarket (win 20)
BET 2.5pts win and place GRANNY BUDGIE
BET 4pts to win 10 BLOWN AWAY

3.00 Newmarket (win 15 nap)

3.35 Newmarket (win 40 total)
BET 1pt win and place VICTORY SHOUT

5.18 Newmarket (win 20 total)
BET 2.2pts win and place RANGER THUNDERBOLT

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.

Did you know? DAQMAN’s tips are posted each and every day so he’s always on hand to help with your horse racing betting.

DAQMAN Mon: Windsor NAP
Treo Eile’s Racehorse Retraining Masterclass
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