FIVE IN A DAY ON FRIDAY: AND FOUR ON SUNDAY! Daqman, who hit five winners on the Friday card at Royal Ascot for 129 points profit, yesterday hit four more including the French Oaks win of Nashwa, which made history for her rider, Hollie Doyle, on a week of drama in the Newmarket camp of trainer John Gosden. Daqman had 3-3 at Chantilly and the 1-2 in the Pontefract Cup for 41.40 profit on the day.

✔️ WON 4-1 BELBECK (Chantilly, from 5.8 on BETDAQ)
✔️ WON 3-1 NASHWA (French Oaks at Chantilly)
✔️ WON 17-10 EREVANN (Chantilly)
✔️ WON 9-2 KAIZER (Pontefract Cup 8.6 on BETDAQ, plus Flint Hill 2nd 8-1)

FRANKIE STAYS HOME AS HOLLIE MAKES HISTORY: The best of times and the worst of times. It’s the tale of two jockeys, with Frankie Dettori’s down of Royal Ascot become Hollie Doyle’s delight in her French Classic victory for Dettori’s trainer, John Gosden. More about that in Fortune Cookies tomorrow. First the catalogue of Dettori disaster, of Oaks and Gold Cup lost, with even a runner starting blind!

THE LATE SHIFT: Daqman is on the late shift on Monday with his three selections, the first running at Windsor at 7.35pm.


The current cult of personality, fostered by a desperate media, was laid bare at Royal Ascot, when Ryan Moore was champion rider of the meeting through sheer skill and judgment.

Meanwhile, what happened to Frankie? We shall probably never know the truth about Dettori’s 10 dismal riding days but skill and judgment was sadly lacking.

Trainer John Gosden tried to be the gentleman as ever: ‘our hero overcomplicated it,’ he said, presumably referring only to Dettori’s dilatory performance on Stradivarius.

What did he – and his owners – really feel about losing the Oaks and the Ascot Gold Cup, and watching one of the Queen’s best chances, Saga, finish too late, and her next one, Reach For The Moon, come too soon?

In truth, Dettori had just one riding style in the 10 days of disaster and one visible response: to talk about himself. Contrast with Moore, who talked about the horses, as if the best way in the world is to know the animal you are riding and deal with the race accordingly.

The usually sycophantic ITV team largely kept their heads down, though they did mutter about the glowering and petulant demeanour of the said L Dettori. Then they brightened up and told us how he had redeemed himself on Inspiral.

Rubbish. Inspiral redeemed him. Like a one-dimension politician, yer man only had to keep a safe seat and, for once, made the right decision which was to let the horse do the job.

Here’s the 10 racing days that rocked the faith in a jockey who once won seven consecutive races at Ascot. In line across: Dettori’s mount, with position at the finish; price and event, with Raceform reading of the race.

2 June 03 EMILY UPJOHN 2nd 6-4 favourite The Oaks, Epsom; stumbled start, lost many lengths; headway two out, disputed lead, just denied; sh hd.
1 June 04 MEGALLAN WON 9-2 Epsom
0 June 04 PIZ BADILE 12th 9-1 The Derby, Epsom
0 June 05 THE ACROPOLIS 14th 33-1 French Derby, Chantilly; short of room, snatched up before a furlong out.
0 June 09 ELEGANT VERSE Newbury 9-2
2 June 11 LIVE IN THE DREAM Sandown 9-4
1 June 11 HONITON Sandown 1-2 favourite
0 June 14 AGE OF KINGS Ascot 3-1; short of room, switched, no impression
0 June 14 MIGHTY ULYSSEES Ascot 9-2; towards rear, switched; drifted left, no extra.
P June 14 MARSHALL PLAN Ascot 6-1; lost ground quickly three out; pulled up; heat stress.
3 June 14 HARROVIAN Ascot 14-1; ridden and outpaced two out.
0 June 14 STOWELL Ascot 11-2; appeared not to get home after bursting to the front.
0 June 15 BALTIC BIRD Ascot 15-2; last of 12; weakened two out; unsuited by the ground.
0 June 15 LORD NORTH Ascot 9-2; last of five; lost all chance at the start when rider could not remove blindfold.
0 June 15 TOTALLY CHARMING Ascot 9-1; short of room, switched, soon no impression.
0 June 16 FAR SHOT Ascot 18-1, 8th of 24; never better than mid-division.
0 June 16 FRANZ STRAUSS Ascot 20-1; led until over a furlong out, 11th of 19.
3 June 16 STRADIVARIUS Ascot 2-1; towards rear, switched, went third final furlong; no extra. Dettori two-day ban; use of whip above permitted level.
2 June 16 SAGA Ascot 12-1; held up in rear; headway a furlong out, challenge just held; hd.
2 June 16 REACH FOR THE MOON Ascot 2-5 favourite; briefly led two out; no extra.
0 June 17 FULLY WET Ascot 6-1; held up in rear, headway two out, weakened; 14 of 16.
0 June 17 TRAWLERMAN Ascot 4-1 jt fav; dwelt, in rear, plenty to do three out; never on terms; 11th of 18.
1 June 17 INSPIRAL Ascot 15-8 favourite; towards rear, switched; led a furlong out, went clear.
3 June 17 CRENELLE Ascot 5-1; held up, switched left and challenged, no extra.
0 June 18 ALZAHIR Ascot 6-1; 8th of 13; led after a furlong, ran too freely.
0 June 18 SAMBURU Ascot 7-2; took keen hold, prominent; lost position final furlong; 6th of 15.
0 June 18 KINROSS Ascot 40-1; pressed leaders one out, outpaced.
0 June 18 URBAN BEAT Ascot 40-1; weakened a furlong out; 22nd of 26.
0 June 18 HONITON Ascot 7-2; ridden and weakened two out; 10th of 13.


⭕ 7.35 Windsor Like neighbouring Ascot last week, Windsor seems to have escaped the scattered showers which in some parts of the south saw basically summer and winter in the same day over the weekend!

The ground is expected to ride good to firm for the regular Monday evening card and the best bet of the night looks to be the William Haggas trained La Yakel in this novice event.

There was plenty to like about his debut run at Nottingham when he was third to the odds-on Secret State who of course gave the form a huge boost when he won the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot. To give the form even more substance – the Nottingham runner-up Laasudood was also a winner of his next start.

I’m not sure La Yakel would have beaten Secret State at Nottingham if he’d enjoyed a clear run on debut but it’s undeniable he met plenty of trouble and I’m sure would have finished, at worst, second but for the interference.

It’s pretty academic though in the context of this race. It was a hugely impressive first run and the form has been heavily rubber-stamped since, so he should lose his maiden tag with only Bling On The Music and Space Tracker looking likely to be involved in the business end of the race.

Bling On The Music improved on his Haydock debut and for the drop back in trip to finish second at Salisbury last time out and is preferred to Lingfield debut winner Space Trucker who has to defy his resulting penalty which is never easy.


⭕ 8.10 Windsor It’s a trappy getting out stakes over the minimum trip but Miss Anaco is an eye-catcher in this grade.

She won at this level and off this same handicap mark at Lingfield back in January and since then has just found life tougher. However she has had some respectable efforts, including over course and distance in April.

I’m swinging her way though mainly due to the form of the Rod Millman yard who have hit a purple patch with 5 winners from their last 21 runners.

The other plus point for Miss Anaco is that she is at least a previous winner – something only Lord Gorgeous has achieved previously amongst her 14 rivals.


⭕ 9.00 Wolverhampton The nightcap looks destined to go to Mr Fustic who was attracting plenty of early support in the Betdaq Betting Exchange early market.

He’s run well after a break before, so that bodes well for his 52 day break after a course and distance win where he had enough in hand to suggest he can also be competitive off this higher mark.


7.35 Windsor (win 10, nap)
BET 13pts win LA YAKEL

8.10 Windsor (win 10)

9.00 Wolverhampton (win 10)
BET 2.5pts win MR FUSTIC

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