11 STRIKES: SIX DAYS IN A ROW: The sparks flew at Windsor last night as Daqman landed a winner a day for six consecutive days (11 strikes) in spectacular fashion, not intended. Sparks Fly won five lengths but it might have been 25 had he not hung badly, swerved across the track and dropped to a canter on the far rail.

WON 2-5 SPARKS FLY (Monday, nap)
WON 3-5 BLUE ROSE CEN (French 1,000 Guineas, Sunday)
WON 9-4 ETERNAL HOPE (Lingfield Oaks Trial, Saturday)

Chester Wednesday-Friday
WON 5-1 METIER (Chester Cup, BETDAQ 7.7)
WON 3-1 NYMPHADORA (Kings Lynn 2nd 5-2 same race)
WON (2nd 25-1) DARK PINE (win and place)

TODAY: Fortune Cookies update
TONIGHT: Three bets from Sandown Park including the nap.


UPDATE: Tuesday, May 16
ADAYAR Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
AUGUSTE RODIN Epsom Derby, Saturday, June 3
BAY BRIDGE Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 21
BLUE ROSE CEN Prix de Diane, Chantilly, Sunday, June 18
CHALDEAN St James’s Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 20
CIRCLE OF FIRE King Edward V11 Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 24
CONTINUOUS Dante Stakes, York, Thursday.
DESERT CROWN Eclipse Stakes, Sandown, July 8
EMILY DICKINSON Yorkshire Cup, York, Friday
HIGH FIBRE to be announced
IRESINE Harcourt and Ganay winner, no date announced.
LITTLE BIG BEAR Greenlands Stakes, Curragh, Saturday, May 27
MAWJ Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 23
MOUNT ATHOS Greenlands Stakes, the Curragh, Saturday, May 27
MY PROSPERO Lockinge Stakes, Newbury, Saturday
NOSTRUM Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Curragh, Saturday, May 27
PEROTTO to be announced
TAHIYRA Irish 1,000 Guineas, Curragh, Sunday, May 28
VADENI Prix d’Ispahan, Longchamp, Monday, May 29
WESTOVER Coronation Cup, Epsom, Friday, June 2

* Winners so far: WON 11-8 Emily Dickinson, WON 5-6 Adayar, WON 3-5 Blue Rose Cen


⭕ 7.15 Sandown Andrew Cooper, clerk of the course at Sandown, reports drying ground in Esher which will be a relief after their opening card of the Flat season was lost with the track waterlogged. The latest report is good to soft, good in places but I think we can work on the assumption of those ‘places’ being bigger come post time tonight.

If he’s pleased with the ground, Cooper surely is less thrilled by tonight’s entry. Just 33 runners contesting the six races which include the Listed Heron Stakes at 6.45. This is probably at the mercy of the Royal runner Slipofthepen who bids to remain unbeaten after two successes at nearby Kempton.

The novice event at 7.15 looks of interest pitting together two long term absentees in Royal Symbol (517 days) and Artistic Star (216) days who dominate the Betdaq Betting Exchange market.

The market was favouring the once raced Royal Symbol but even the magic of Charlie Appleby might be tested here and the 10st 8lbs will take some shouldering against his three-year-old rivals.

Preference is for Ralph Beckett’s Artistic Star who was unfancied when making a winning debut on soft at Nottingham last season and the form of that race has taken several boosts since. He also holds a couple of high profile future entries including the Derby no less.


⭕ 7.45 Sandown Just like yesterday with Sparks Fly – If Not Now just about creeps into my nap range at morning offers on Betdaq. I don’t think we’ll get the late plunge like yesterday though as despite this race just attracting just three – it remains competitive and will almost certainly be tactical.

If Not Now is probably open to the most improvement. Like my selection in the previous race he’s trained by Ralph Beckett and looks well thought of holding a Group 1 entry. After a winning debut at Salisbury he couldn’t follow up when favourite at Haydock but ran green that day and should know a bit more now.

Blue Universe is unproven on the turf and 5lb higher for winning by a head at Wolverhampton last time out whilst God Of Fire has improved on each start and the outsider of three could present the main danger.

⭕ 8.20 Sandown The finale looks tougher but the pick of the fillies here could be the only course and distance winner New Heights who is likely to be suited by both the return to the turf and also the drop down the handicap.


7.15 Sandown (win 10)

7.45 Sandown (win 10, nap)
BET 12.5pts win IF NOT NOW

8.20 Sandown (win 10)
BET 2.0pts win NEW HEIGHTS

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