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KEEN COLIN GIVES DAQMAN THE EDGE WITH DASHING 11-2 STRIKE: Daqman’s Bank Holiday Monday luck was out at Epsom when Oisin Murphy couldn’t keep tabs on the leader of the Stanley Wootton Handicap with Corazan Espinado (2nd 11-2) and then the nap, Cemhaan (2nd 6-5), was slow away in the Amateurs’ Derby. But Colin Keane rode Daqman into profit with a dashing power ride on Harranda (WON 11-2) at Roscommon.

HIDDEN FORTUNE COOKIES OF NEXT YEAR’S CLASSICS: Today Daqman maps out the grand parade of top two-year-old races, with results so far, and promises: I’ll keep you up to date with the genuine Fortune Cookies for 2022 as they happen. There will be our own private ratings plus See How They Won back assessment for next year’s Classic winners.


FORTUNE COOKIES: Quick Suzy remains the star of our two-year-olds, despite her defeat by Perfect Power in the Prix Morny; rain spoiled her chance but she is still on track for the Cheveley Park Stakes.

A full list of the two-year-olds programme is given below, with results to date, which show why Point Lonsdale is being talked of as a Guineas colt.

I had planned to put Tinderbox and Silk Romance in the list, after their one-two at Kempton and Silk Romance’s five-lengths follow up at Newmarket (July) on Friday, and I punted Tinderbox in this column in Saturday’s Prestige Stakes won by Mise En Scene.

But there were two shocks in store: firstly Tinderbox was a big price (5-1 to 7-1) in the approach to the Prestige, despite the Silk Romance romp the day before.

That was a warning and – in the race itself – Tinderbox ‘was never travelling,’ according to his jockey, Frankie Dettori.

The lesson is to keep watching the BETDAQ betting: you’ve taken what seemed value, but the market may tell you that you’re chasing fool’s gold. It’s the only way of knowing before the race or you’re just left with those hard–on-the-wallet excuses afterwards.

Keep your own records as the stars of 2022 line up for the following top trials in September and October.

June 16 Queen Mary Stakes (5f): 1 Quick Suzy (Gavin Cromwell, Gary Caroll)
June 17 Norfolk Stakes (5f): 1 Perfect Power (Richard Fahey, Paul Hanagan)
June 18 Albany Stakes (6f, fillies): 1 Sandrine (Andrew Balding, David Probert)
June 19 Chesham Stakes (7f): 1 Point Lonsdale (Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore)

Augt 24 Futurity Stakes (7f ): 1 Point Lonsdale (Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore)
Sept 12 Moyglare Stud Stakes (7f, fillies)
Sept 12 National Stakes (7f)
Sept 12 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes (6f+)
Sept 25 Beresford Stakes (1m)

Augt 22 Prix Morny (6f ): 1 Perfect Power (Richard Fahey, Christophe Soumillion)

Sept 09 Weatherbys Scientific £200,000 2-Y-O Stakes(6f+)
Sept 11 Champagne Stakes (7f)
Octr 21 Futurity Stakes (1m)

Augt 28 Prestige Stakes (7f, fillies): 1 Mise En Scene (James Ferguson, Oisin Murphy)

Sept 11 Champions Juvenile Stakes (1m)

Octr 03 Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (7f)
Octr 03 Prix Marcel Boussac (1m, fillies)

Sept 18 Mill Reef Stakes (6f)

July 10 Superlative Stakes(7f): 1 Native Trail (Charlie Appleby, William Buick)

Sept 24 Rockfel Stakes (7f, fillies)
Sept 25 Royal Lodge Stakes (1m)
Sept 25 Cheveley Stakes (6f fillies)
Sept 25 Middle Park Stakes (6f)
Octr 02 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes (6f)
Octr 08 Fillies Mile
Octr 09 Dewhurst Stakes (7f)

Augt 21 Solario Stakes (7f): 1 Reach For The Moon (J & T Gosden, Frankie Dettori)

TWO-YEAR-OLDS TO FOLLOW: Kawida, Larkin, Mise En Scene, Point Lonsdale, Quick Suzy, Sacred Bridge, Silk Romance, Tinderbox.


⭕ 2.00 Ripon No tougher northern sprint tracks could have been picked for Gnat Alley’s educational maidens than Pontefract and Beverley.

With her stable still absolutely flying at all levels, the grey – who is out of a half-sister to Glen Shiel – could show her true colours first time in a handicap this afternoon.


⭕ 4.00 Epsom Pace runners prevailed round Epsom yesterday and the three top weights here have a massive task giving poundage to a couple of young tearaways in Eton Blue and Hey Teacher.

Eton Blue has a penalty for winning in a lower grade and I reckon the handicapper will regret giving Hey Teacher a mark of only 70.

Hey Teacher was long odds-on, beating nothing well, when he went clear at Ffos Las three weeks back, but he extended his lead by 11 lengths over an old rival from his second at Bath.

Rear-runner Angels Roc was slow away over 10 furlongs here last month, and Simon Dow’s Blue Beret came from the rear to win at Windsor in a lower grade.

BETDAQ 2.74 Hey Teacher

⭕ 4.35 Epsom Mirage Mac won three in a row as a two-year-old, two of them under Oisin Murphy. She’s down below the last winning mark and has Murphy back in the saddle for the first time today.

BETDAQ 9.4 Mirage Mac


2.00 Ripon (win 20)
BET 5.5pts win GNAT ALLEY

4.00 Epsom (win 12, nap)

4.35 Epsom (win 50 bull’s-eye bet)

What are points? Points facilitate a staking plan, which is the secret to creating profit. One point is whatever you choose: a pound, a euro, or whatever ….

Start with a bank and decide how much you can afford to lose over a period of time, and determine the size of your bets accordingly. Daqman makes this variation every day.