NEWMARKET TAKES OVER TOP TESTING OF THE TWO-YEAR-OLDS: In Part Two of his Fortune Cookies feature on the future stars of 2022, Daqman checks out this week’s Newmarket races as the final block of this season’s major two-year-old tests, though the Doncaster Futurity and the Lagardere are still to come alongside the Dewhurst and Fillies Mile in October.
TODAY: Three bets across Tuesday’s cards including a NAP at Beverley.
SATURDAY BRIDGE TO THE CLASSICS
FORTUNE COOKIES: 2YO Part 2: Sacred Bridge, Ger Lyons leading juvenile filly off 111 in Daqman’s revealing two-year-old winners list yesterday, is a confirmed runner in Saturday’s Cheveley Park Stakes.
The race is one of seven scheduled at Newmarket, which form the remaining block of the 33 major juvenile tests, with the 2022 Classics in mind.
In fact, revised official ratings for Jessica Harrington’s Discoveries has her also on 111, which means that Ireland has the top two two-year-old fillies.
Friday: Rockfel Stakes (7f, fillies, Group 2): Finsceal Beo took this in 2006 on the way to a Guineas double the following Spring for Jim Bolger. The Rockfel had thrown up the English 1,000 winner Speciosa the year before.
Majestic Glory, who earned 100 with Daqman in yesterday’s winners’ list, may meet one of his horses to follow, Kawida, on Friday.
Saturday: Royal Lodge Stakes (1m): Roaring Lion (Coral-Eclipse and British Champions Mile) won this in 2017.
It was Frankel’s first Group success when the race was run at Ascot in 2010, the third of his 14 career strikes, which included 10 in Group 1.
Masekela, who made Daqman’s winners’ list as 107-rated scorer in the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury, is likely favourite for Saturday’s Royal Lodge renewal.
Saturday: Cheveley Park Stakes (6f fillies): Famous for the French setting up their 1,000 Guineas challenge, with Criquette Head doing most damage as follows:
Ma Biche (1,000 Guineas 1983, Criquette Head); Ravinella (1,000 Guineas 1988. Criquette Head); Natagora (1,000 Guineas 2008, Pascal Bary) and Special Duty (1,000 Guineas 2010, Criquette Head-Maarek).
On Saturday, Sacred Bridge could meet the Lowther Stakes one-two, Zain Claudette and Sandrine, each given 108 in Daqman’s list.
Saturday: Middle Park Stakes (6f): These trials seem to take it in turn to be the current trend. This one has not been on top in recent years but has had the biggest share of superstar winners, historically the place to be.
On the roll of honour, a mix of Classic winners and top sprinters: Pretty Polly, Bayardo, Bahram, Sun Chariot, Dante, Abernant, Nearula, Bold Lad, Brigadier Gerard, Oasis Dream, Dark Angel. Its last Guineas winner was Rodrigo De Triano (1991).
Perfect Power tops the five-day declared for Saturday’s race. The Molecomb winner, Armor, has also been left in.
October 2 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes (6f)
October 8 Fillies Mile
October 9 Dewhurst Stakes (7f)
TWO-YEAR-OLDS TO FOLLOW: Gnat Alley (Redcar tomorrow) and Kawida (Rockfel, Newmarket, Friday).
ON A WAR FOOTING
⭕ 1.55 Beverley Golden War probably only needs to reproduce his course and distance form from last month to lose his maiden tag.
He finished a clear second to the John and Thady Gosden trained Implore who made all the running and looked a well above average Beverley winner. Implore has gone on to run with credit in better class races at Sandown (2nd) and Doncaster (5th).
Golden War is having his first start since being gelded and should account for Rich King who was a beaten favourite at Thirsk last time out and Sydney Street who left his debut form at Ffos Las well behind when finishing a 50/1 3rd at Ffos Las time out but probably needs to improve again.
BUFORD FOR FINALE
⭕ 5.15 Beverley Buford has come in for some early support on the BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE and it’s easy to see why.
He made a winning start in handicap company at Doncaster but then was a beaten favourite at Carlisle when third (over 1m 3f) to Molinari. His supporters that day might look to recover here now that he is back in trip over an easier circuit. He’s only been raised 3lb for his Doncaster win and is surely still progressive on only his third start over a longer trip?
His main rivals all look a little exposed form wise including Highland Reel who was a course and distance second last time out but has the habit of running a poor race on the back of a good one.
MAJEURE HAS MAJOR CHANCE
⭕ 5.20 Newcastle A more speculative play here with the four-time course winner Melgate Majeure. He’s dropped another 2lb in the weights which might be enough to rekindle him in what doesn’t look a strong contest.
The lightly raced Little By Little makes her handicap and all-weather debut here but form figures on the turf of 044 need to be qualified by saying she been soundly beaten on each occasion.
Market leader at the off is likely to be Iron Sheriff who finally lost his maiden tag at Beverley last time out on soft ground. Switching back to the AW he wouldn’t be one for me at short odds. A small sample size admittedly but in his previous two starts on an artificial surface he has only beaten one horse home.
DAQMAN’S BETS (staked to win 10 points including place bet)
BET 8.0pts win (nap) GOLDEN WAR (1.55 Beverley)
BET 5.8pts win BUFORD (5.15 Beverley)
BET 1pt win and 7.5pts place MELGATE MAJEURE (5.20 Newcastle)
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