ALL TIPS ARE TRYING OR WHAT! Daqman always hopes to find real triers in every race he tips in, whatever the price. That was certainly the case yesterday when his selections in race order were:

(W) Zaidpour WON 8-13 (banker)
(2) Viva Steve 2nd 6-1
(2) Roll On Has 2nd evens (banker)
(W) Twinlight WON 100-30
(3) Dfordarsi 3rd 8-1
(3) Make Me A Fortune 3rd 8-1

14 BANKERS UP OUT OF 19: Zaidpour made it 14 winning bankers from the last 18 but then Roll On Has was beaten into second by Hippomene for a big prize in France. Both are horses to follow.


Back to where it all began. It’s like father, like son, as Richard Hannon Junior – champion Flat trainer in his first season – tries to trap the nursery winners at the BETDAQ-sponsored AW meeting at Kempton Park on Thursday.

Richard Hannon Senior, who ‘still plays a large part’ in the East Everleigh success story (quote unquote Richard Junior), used to farm nurseries on his way to the top of the trainers’ ladder, noted for his skill at preparing two-year-olds for a nice handicap mark.

There are two nurseries on Thursday, with Team Hannon currently fielding 44% of the runners in the Betdaq £200 Games Bonus Nursery Handicap.

The stable has grabbed just about every level of ratings slot that’s going in this Betdaq handicap in the hope of cornering the £7,000-guarantee race.

The Hannons have top weight (Be Bold 9st 7lb). The Hannons have two in the middle of the handicap (Harbour Patrol 9st 2lb) and Captain Marmalade (8st 10lb). And the Hannons have sneaked one in right at the bottom, Reflation (8st 1lb).

What combined odds the combined might of the Wiltshire yard here? There’s no betting yet but the 6f race will make for an intriguing mouse attack – win, lay, bet and lay – throughout the day. Just keep following the Daq exchanges and stalk an old-fashioned Hannon profit if you can.

I would also discuss the Betdaq £30 Free Bet Median Auction Maiden Stakes (also 2yo), the Betdaq 50% Commission Refund Handicap and the Betdaq 3% Commission Handicap but the three races have attracted a total of 102 runners. Who’d be a tipster, studying the form book!


CARLISLE A decent card at Carlisle this afternoon (3.00pm) which marks the comeback of Irish Grand National winner, Shutthefrontdoor who embarks on a possible tilt towards the Aintree Grand National.

With AP McCoy on the sidelines once more, Barry Geraghty is reunited with the Jonjo O’Neill gelding who provided the Meath jockey with his first Irish Grand National win.   Although he has a tough enough task on his seasonal reappearance, I think his class can show in the end.  Being rated 151, he is a good bit clear of the remainder of the field and even if he is a little rusty today, he should still be able to score.

Vintage Star and Mickie are likely to provide the strongest opposition with the latter making her chasing debut while the former is looking for back to back wins in this race. It’s hard to see him having the class to beat Mickie or Shutthefrontdoor though.

In the opening race at Carlisle, there looks to be a good opportunity for the Nick Alexander trained Little Glenshee to score with his daughter, Lucy, on board.

Although the mare previously won over two miles, the step back up to two and a half miles should suit and ground conditions look to be ideal for her.

Rowdy Rocher is likely to be the one to follow home Little Glenshee but majority of his good runs have come on slightly better ground.  The same can be said for Billy Cuckoo who has to put a poor run, last time out, behind him and he can be a little unpredictable at times.

The Novice Chase at 1.50 looks to be another good contest and with the inclusion of Ifandbutwhynot, whatever wins this is likely to be a decent sort.

Having been rated as high as 148 over Hurdles, the David O’Meara trained gelding is by far the highest rated of these embarking on a chase career.  I have a huge reservation however, on whether or not he will actually get this trip or not as, at times, two miles looked plenty far enough for him.  Chasing is likely to be a good career for him but I would be very wary about the trip for him.

I’m hoping that Sir Mangan can have a say in this.  He unseated Paddy Brennan after just three fences on his debut at Aintree but his hurdles form was generally quite strong.  Donald McCain is sure to have done plenty of schooling with him since that mishap a few weeks back and he is a tentative selection for this one.

SOUTHWELL Looking at two of the chases at Southwell this afternoon with the first selection running at 1.00 in the two and a half mile Handicap Chase.

This probably isn’t the strongest race that we’ll see this week and I’m hopeful that Fergal O’Brien will have enough done with Double Silver who returns from a long absence of 537 days.  His first win over fences in Worcester was visually very impressive running on to an 18 length win without coming off the bridle.  He looks to be nicely handicapped and despite the long absence, I think he can go very close.

In the following Chase at 1.35, Matripajo, who is a half brother to War of Attrition, steps up in trip for Jonjo O’Neill and Richie McLernon and should relish every yard of this trip.  He finished second in his chase debut at the end of October over three furlongs less and he can make the most of today’s conditions.

Typical Oscar is slightly less exposed but it’s very hard to know what way his form has worked out and whether he is really suited by three miles.

DAQMAN’S BETS (Staked to win 20pts unless otherwise stated)
BET 6.5pts win LITTLE GLENSHEE (12.45 Carlisle)
BET 4.4pts win SIR MANGAN (1.50 Carlisle)
BET 5.7pts win DOUBLE SILVER (1.00 Southwell)
BET 7pts win MATRIPAJO (1.35 Southwell)
BET 9.1pts win (Nap) SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (3.00 Carlisle)

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