NO FUN AT ALL AS SUPERNAP SPRAWLS: You can’t win ‘em all and, after seven winners in six days, including a 14-1 strike on Saturday, Daqman blew out yesterday when his supernap, Fun Fun Fun, shook off his rivals at Thurles but lost his hind legs after the last and had no time to recover.

STAY WITH THE FORTUNE COOKIES: Today Daqman adds two stayers to his Fortune Cookies horses to follow: full list and entries to come later in the week.

EVENING ACTION: It’s flat out for Daqman on Monday who sticks with the all-weather card at Wolverhampton for his three bets to start the new week.


Boy! I do love genuine stayers. I was delighted to bag the cross-country on Friday with Latenightpass. More to come from him no doubt in banks races, with Tiger Roll having shown us how such a horse can win a Grand National.

Latenightpass will be 11 on January 1 and next year’s his year if ever he is to go for the big one, after winner, second and fourth over the National fences in a light career (only eight regulation chases).

He has to get a move on because there are some tough babes coming on, like the 3m 2f handicap winner at Cheltenham yesterday, Broadway Boy.

At age five, Broadway Boy has just won back-to-back chases on the Gold Cup track, with Saturday’s his first senior test.

But add to that if you will his sole high-level start over hurdles; yes, that was a three-miler, at Cheltenham of course, class 2, coming to the race after taking a class 4 at Market Rasen off 119. His top mark must now be nearer 150.

Shanagh Bob, another five-year-old, won the 3m Albert Bartlett Trial, despite being so green and raw that trainer Nicky Henderson declared, open mouthed: ‘He did everything wrong and yet he won.

‘I expect Nico (De Boinville) to say the horse knows absolutely nothing at this stage! What will he be with even normal improvement?’

I’ll be sure to add Broadway Boy and Shanagh Bob to my Fortune Cookies horses-to-follow, expecting a smash-and-grab at short prices as they take in their preps for Cheltenham and Aintree.


⭕ 6.00 Wolverhampton I couldn’t spot anything at the afternoon jumps cards of interest. Both Musselburgh and Plumpton stage fairly competitive racing but most of the heats look impossible to find angles in. As always, the choice is ours whether we play or not.

I’ll stick with the flat action at Wolverhampton for three bets this evening. It’s low grade action but there’re a few that are of interest.

Reverberation stormed home at Chelmsford last time week in an amateur riders race and reappears under a fixed 4lb penalty for this race. He was up significantly in trip then (7f to 1m 2f) on just his second start for Stan Moore and there’s every chance the further step-up to 1m 4f will suit even better.

He was certainly showing no signs of stopping at Chelmsford – the jockey struggled to pull him up as he went further and further clear winning in the end by four and a quarter lengths. He clearly looks well handicapped at the moment and Rossa Ryan takes over in the saddle today.

Footsy and Black Smoke are the biggest dangers according to the Betdaq Betting Exchange market but both are struggling to show winning form.

Footsy remains a maiden but there was more encouragement with his course and distance third last time out whilst Black Smoke has yet to win on the all-weather but also comes into this on the back of a fair effort over course and distance last time out and in his case looked a little unlucky.


⭕ 7.00 Wolverhampton The best race of the night (on paper at least!) and it gives Ippotheos the perfect chance to follow up on his course win last week over the shorter six furlongs. That was his first start on the all-weather and also for Mick Appleby and it’s likely that the extra furlong tonight could bring about further improvement.

He’s very lightly raced and didn’t show much in three starts for the Cole yard so the handicapper hasn’t got too much to work on here and a starting mark of 79 looks fair enough. Rossa Ryan rides – so I am clearly hoping he has a good night!

Main danger may come from Debora’s Dream who comes from the Roger Varian stable. He was well backed when winning a maiden over course and distance last time out and can play a part again here – even though this looks a lot more competitive.

Interesting to see Simon and Ed Crisford have a runner with Neapolitan who looks a little over-priced and worth including. His novice form is solid enough and he might have enough class to go close off top weight. I’ll include him for a WIN 20 return.


⭕ 8.30 Wolverhampton A finale full of horses and trainers out of form – so why pick it Daqman?

Simply because I don’t think Pyrrhic Dancer has to do that much more than he did when winning over course and distance last month and he might be one of the very few who you could argue are well handicapped given he hasn’t much form at this distance.

He’s only racing off a mark one pound higher and a more experienced jockey aboard takes over tonight.

He certainly looks over-priced and worthy of another WIN 20 play.


6.00 Wolverhampton (win 10, nap)

7.00 Wolverhampton (win 10, win 20)
BET 5.5pts win IPPOTHEOS

8.30 Wolverhampton (win 20)

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