BACK-TO-BACK NAPS IN DERBY WEEK: In a new sequence of winners every day – six in three days, in fact – Daqman landed back-to-back naps over the bank holiday, as he counts down to the Derby.

WON 13-8 BEARWITH (Monday nap)
WON 4-5 DRUMROLL (Sunday nap)

BIG-RACE COUNTDOWN EVERY DAY: Daqman’s Derby countdown continues with an update on the runners and on his Fortune Cookies for June. Look out for ABC guides to the Derby and the Oaks.


DERBY COUNTDOWN: Passenger was yesterday’s sole supplementary entry among 16 probables for Saturday’s Epsom Derby at a cost of £85,000.

Passenger would be a seventh success in the race for Sir Michael Stoute, who won it last year with Desert Crown.

Auguste Rodin and Military Order remain favourites in front of Arrest (Team Gosden) for a Frankie Dettori farewell winner.

Auguste Rodin is one of four declared by Aidan O’Brien, including Adelaide River and Covent Garden, but San Antonio may wait for the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday.

Military Order is with Godolphin handler, Charlie Appleby, who has won the race twice with Masar (2018) and Military Order’s brother Adayar (2021).


DERBY COUNTDOWN: Daqman stands by Auguste Rodin for his Fortune Cookies, and takes Passenger on board; details of the top-rated colts will be in this Thursday’s Derby ABC guide and Saturday’s final Daqman verdict. His Oaks pair for Fortune Cookies remain Savethelastdance and Soul Sister.

ABOVE THE CURVE Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
AUGUSTE RODIN Epsom Derby, Saturday
BLUE ROSE CEN Prix de Diane, Chantilly, Sunday, June 18
CHALDEAN St James’s Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 20
CONTINUOUS King Edward V11 Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 24.
ELITE STATUS Norfolk Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
EMILY DICKINSON Ascot Gold Cup, June 22
IRESINE Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Sunday, July 8
LITTLE BIG BEAR Commonwealth Cup, Royal Ascot, June 23
LUXEMBOURG Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
MAWJ Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 23
MOUNT ATHOS Jubilee Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 24
MY PROSPERO Eclipse Stakes, Sandown, July 8
NOSTRUM Irish Champion Stakes, Leopardstown, September 9
PADDINGTON St James’s Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 20.
PASSENGER Epsom Derby, Saturday
PEROTTO Royal Hunt Cup, Wednesday, June 21
SOUL SISTER Epsom Oaks, Friday
TAHIYRA Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 23
WESTOVER Coronation Cup, Epsom, Friday

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 30

Winners so far: WON 11-8 Emily Dickinson, WON 5-6 Adayar, WON 3-5 Blue Rose Cen, WON 7-2 Chaldean, WON evens Little Big Bear, WON 2-5 Tahiyra


⭕ 3.40 Brighton If ever there was a list where ‘horses for courses’ applied Brighton would be in the top one! It’s an idiosyncratic course with roller coasters rivalling those a few hundred yards away on the seafront.

But there are horses that handle the Sussex track very well and that’s the angle in to this one mile two furlong handicap where there might be some value in following Seattle King – the only course and distance winner in the field.

Trained by Phil McEntee, Seattle King is a regular here who won over CD earlier this month but then struggled over the longer 1m 4f trip just a week ago.

There’s a certain symmetry to his course CV – two wins over 1m 2f and two defeats over 1m 4f. Regular pilot Josephine Gordon rides again and the combination can see off Letter Of The Law whose form is generally better over shorter trips and Cape Cornwall Rose whose form ties in closely with the selection but this one remains a maiden and can often throw in a really poor run.


⭕ 6.10 Lingfield Cavalluccio was nibbled at in the early Betdaq Betting Exchange market and can land this for Alice Haynes who had a winner at Redcar yesterday.

Cavalluccio has done most of his racing on the all-weather but proved he has ability for the turf too with a good run at Yarmouth last week when chasing home Moonlit Cloud. He was only headed close home and a similar run might well prove good enough.

The danger is probably Richard P Smith who is weighted up to his best form but trainer Ed Dunlop remains in good form.


⭕ 6.25 Nottingham This could well be a coin flip between Nine Elms and Ivy Avenue who both have promising young riders aboard.

Preference has to be for the consistent Nine Elms who makes his first start for Kevin Frost. He is a four-time course winner and looks a safer percentage call than Ivy Avenue who despite recent form of 22 was beaten six lengths and 12 lengths in those two races.

I mentioned yesterday the quiet form of Michael Appleby who then inevitably bounced back with a winner but the overall of 2 wins from their last 26 runners is still a concern for me.


3.40 Brighton (win 10)

6.10 Lingfield (win 10)

6.25 Nottingham (win 10, nap)
BET 7.1pts win NINE ELMS

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