DAQMAN UPS THE ANTE IN TREBLE BID: Daqman landed back-to-back naps yesterday and sets higher stakes at Newcasle, Newmarket and Hamilton this evening, hoping to land the hat-trick and hit two bull’s-eyes.

WON 9-4 SUBSEQUENT (Wednesday nap)
WON 4-5 YANTARNI (Tuesday nap)

WE’LL RUN FOUR SAYS O’BRIEN: Aidan O’Brien says he expects to run four in Sunday’s Irish Derby. Daqman’s ABC Guide reveals that only Ambiente Friendly (pictured below) and Los Angeles have the rating to win, according to the records.


⭕ 4.05 The Curragh, Sunday (Irish Derby ABC guide)

A: Winning official-ratings 112-124
B: Winner of a Group race
C: Won 1m 2f plus
D: Running within 36 days
F: Favourite: 18 out of 23 favourites placed
T: Trainer: Aidan O’Brien 15
X: Stalls: 1 to 5 eight out of 10 (to be drawn later)

ABCDT LOS ANGELES (Aidan O’Brien) Won the Leopardstown Derby Trial (1m 2f good) by a head from Euphoric (soon led, headed 1f out), with Keepers’ Heart 4th, not clear run one out, short of room final stages. See Ambiente Friendly

ACDF AMBIENTE FRIENDLY (James Fanshawe) Winner Lingfield Derby Trial (1m 3.5f good) with The Euphrates 8.5 lengths behind, 4th. Runner-up in the Epsom Derby (1m 4f good to soft), took keen hold, going easily until kept on final furlong, three-plus lengths in front of Los Angeles, third, led 3f out, soon outpaced. Euphoric, 9th, led to 3f out, weakened.

BCDT CHIEF LITTLE ROCK (Aidan O’Brien) Odds-on third Blue Riband Derby Trial; comfortable winner of the Gallinule Stakes (1m 2f Curragh, good to yielding). Soon led, weakened quickly 3f out, 12th, King Edward V11 Stakes, Royal Ascot (1m 4f good to firm); The Euphrates 5th, ran in and out, no extra final furlong, and Agenda 7th, weakened 1f out.

BD SUNWAY (David Menuisier) Won Criterium International (1m, very soft) at Saint-cloud in October; 2nd Greffulhe there in May (1m 2.5f, very soft); 7th French Derby (1m 2.5f heavy) Chantilly

BT GROSVENOR SQUARE (Aidan O’Brien) Won Group 3 on heavy (1m 1f, Leopardstown) in October and, favourite, third 1m 4.5f Chester Vase (good) more than seven lengths behind the runner-up, Agenda.

CDT AGENDA (Aidan O’Brien) See Grosvenor Square. See Chief Little Rock.

CD MATSURI (Roger Varian) Impressive eight-lengths winner at Leicester in May when first-time hooded; not boosted by form of beaten horses since.

DT EUPHORIC (Aidan O’Brien) See Los Angeles. See Ambiente Friendly.

DT THE EUPHRATES (Aidan O’Brien) See Ambiente Friendly. See Chief Little Rock

D KEEPER’S HEART (Ger Lyons) See Los Angeles


⭕ 4.10 Newcastle (Seaton Delaval Handicap) This is a picnic for four-year-olds but despite their unbeaten record only three of that age group take part. So has it become a day for Brunch?

It’s four years since he won over CD; nearly three since he won, full stop. His Durham stable is striking at only 9%; three of its four favourites in the last fortnight were beaten.

Lattam won this race last year but is 10lb higher now and has changed stables. Navagio, a soft-ground winner from Ireland, is up in the weights. Farasi Lane has no form in this class but ran well at Newcastle in May.

Helm Rock scored back to back in late summer, one of them here, and had a run back at Sandown recently after a long absence. Silvestre De Sousa booked.

William Haggas, who likes to win in the North, has Sean Bowen riding for him for the first time. His 5lb claim reduces the weight on Elnajmm to around a stone or more below seven in the field.

He has raced in lesser company but never finished out of a place and has been gelded: ‘could be anything’, returning from almost a year off.

Betdaq Betting Exchange 3.85 Elnajmm, 9.6 Helm Rock


⭕ 4.30 Newmarket July (Boodles Handicap) Four contenders for this 7f class 3 have scored over the CD but Ararat is up in grade, 10lb higher, than when taking a class 4 on the Rowley Mile course.

Needs to progress first run back this year, with the David Simcock stable struggling on 1-25 and Hayley Turner 1-18, beaten on all four mounts in a fortnight shorter than 5-1.

Mitrosonfire won here in class 2, summer of 2022, but the handicapper was right when he barely touched his mark: in 21 starts since he’s had him on a leash: placed seven times without winning, the grey’s rating is only ONE pound different in that time!

Benacre is down to a winning mark; Toimy Son needs rain; Ex-French Darkness’ sole success in 26 starts in England was here last July over a mile.

Able Kane has been able to slide 12lb down the handicap and his CD win with cut in the ground a year or so back was when 7lb higher; it was his eighth on turf; four of those on firm or good. Oisin Murphy takes over; headgear back on. BETDAQ 7.4 taken.


⭕ 7.15 Hamilton I’m risking Mutamanni for the hat-trick. It was jockey Jim Crowley who, after winning on him, advised the gelding would be better taking a lead.

But he told the assembled Press on the windswept Brighton hill fort of a racecourse: ‘That’s if anything’s fast enough to do the job!’

And Billy Loughnane sent Mutamanni to the front next time at Leicester, even on good to soft ground at the Oadby track, known for being holding after the lightest rainfall.

Some rain is expected here at Hamilton, where it’s easy to feel lonely out front, so it will be interesting to see the tactics a third jockey – James Doyle – employs tonight.

Good news for punters who want to take the early BETDAQ offers about Mutamanni is that Jordan Electrics is not the greatest starter which is why his wins have been 6f and over the tough Carlisle 5f. He’s giving five years and a pound to Mutamanni!

Zarzyni is due to go up 2lb but the handicapper has somehow kept a lid on him for two years, ever since he won at Musselburgh off 104, then ran fourth in the Palace House Stakes.

He has been placed four times in 22 starts, sometimes threatening but alarmingly beaten a head, a head and a neck consecutively in his last three off 80 and 82. The runner-up curse has been experienced by Callum Rodriguez, Oisin Orr and Jason Hart.

Never Dark is a worry if the rain gets into the ground. Trainer Iain Jardine won this back to back in 2017-18 and claimers have bagged the prize three times in the last seven renewals.


4.10 Newcastle (win-50 bull’s-eye bet)
BET 5.75pts win HELM ROCK
bET 2pts win (stakes saver) ELNAJMM

4.30 Newmarket (win-50 bull’s-eye bet)
BET 7.75pts win ABLE KANE

7.15 Hamilton (win 20 nap)

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