FINE WINNER FOR DAQMAN PROFIT: Daqman made a profit of 7.70 points with one hit from two bets yesterday, Just Fine (WON 100-30), ready winner at Leicester in the royal colours of King Charles. His nap was a non-runner at the abandoned Huntingdon meeting.
TODAY: LOOKING AHEAD TO THE GUINEAS: It’s Day 2 of Daqman’s ratings for the two-year-olds of 2022, ahead of the colts’ big test in the Dewhurst at Newmarket on Saturday, a race that’s launched Guineas winners over the years.
TOMORROW: Cesarewitch ABC guide
THE TOP TWO-YEAR-OLD COLTS
⚠️ HEADS UP Top two-year-old colts so far by rating, ahead of the Dewhurst Stakes, due to be run at Newmarket on Saturday, for which Sakheer is likely to start favourite.
Top winners’ ratings of the Dewhurst in the decade: 128 Pinatubo, 122 Native Trail, 117 US Navy Flag, 116 Too Darn Hot, 115 Dawn Approach, 111 Churchill,
Top-rated probables for Saturday’s renewal: 115 Chaldean, Sakheer, 112 Nostrum, 111 Aesop’s Fables, Auguste Rodin, Naval Power.
124 LITTLE BIG BEAR form 21111, Aidan O’Brien; won the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, and the Anglesey and Phoenix Stakes (from Persian Force and Shartash) at the Curragh.
115 AL RIFFA form 211, Joseph O’Brien; won the National Stakes at the Curragh (soft), pushed out to beat Proud And Regal, Shartash and Aesops’s Fables.
115 BLACKBEARD form 11142111, Aidan O’Brien; won the Robert Papin, Morny (beating Persian Force 112) and Middle Park Stakes, twice beating The Antarctic 113).
115 CHALDEAN form 0111, Andrew Balding (Frankel colt): won the Acomb Stakes at York and the Champagne at Doncaster.
115 SAKHEER form 211, Roger Varian; went clear to win the Mill Reef Stakes.
114 BRADSELL form 114, Archie Watson; beat Persian Force, Royal Scotsman and Blackbeard in the Coventry Stakes; only fourth in the Phoenix.
112 NOSTRUM form 11, Sir Michael Stoute (Kingman colt); won the Somerville Tattersall Stakes.
111 AESOP’S FABLES form 114, Aidan O’Brien; won the Curragh Futurity on good (Proud And Regal third) but only fourth in the National Stakes on the soft.
111 AUGUSTE RODIN form 211, Aidan O’Brien (dam Rhododendron, sister to Magical); won the Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown.
111 BELBEK form 011401, Andre Fabre; won the Jean-Luc Lagardere in three-way photo on Sunday; Shartash fourth (very soft).
111 NAVAL POWER form 1111, Charlie Appleby; won back-to-back Listeds at Ascot and Haydock, one of them already at a mile.
111 NOBLE STYLE form 111, Charlie Appleby (Kingman colt); beat 109 Marshman, Cold Case, Chateau and 110 Royal Scotsman in the Gimcrack.
111 PROUD AND REGAL form 11132, Donnacha O’Brien (Galileo out of a Danehill mare); won the Tyros Stakes; third in the Curragh Futurity; second in the National Stakes.
111 VICTORIA ROAD form 4224111, Aidan O’Brien; gave 4lb when beating the filly Blue Rose Cen a short neck at Deauville, 1m good, in August.
108 THE FOXES form 4011, Andrew Balding (Churchill colt); won the Royal Lodge Stakes, 1m, good, Newmarket.
LIEBER TO POWER HOME
⭕ 6.25 Kempton A novice event which looks the match that the Betdaq Betting Exchange leads us to believe.
Supreme King has the most experience but isn’t one I want to side with. The Richard Hannon trained runner has been a beaten favourite in two of his three races and seemingly took a step backwards last time out at Leicester when only fifth of six (4/6 FAV) – the trainer’s representative blaming both the good to firm ground and undulating track. I always get slightly worried when two factors are blamed and it might just be that he wasn’t good enough.
I prefer to stick with the Andrew Balding trained Lieber Power who made a perfectly satisfactory debut at Newbury when finishing in midfield and should come on plenty. It’s interesting to note he holds an entry for next year’s Derby and has also been entered for a race at York on Saturday which shows connections are keen to get a run in and this now looks the preferred option.
The Derby entry indicates he must be held in quite high regard and should be winning a Kempton novice event with some ease if those aspirations are to be maintained.
BLINKERS TO HELP SHIBLI
⭕ 7.00 Kempton I’m hoping Richard Hannon will have more luck here in this class 3 event with Al Shibli who is fitted with blinkers for the first time.
He looked unlucky last time out at Wolverhampton when beaten 1/2 length, despite being short of room a furlong out. That run didn’t go unnoticed by the handicapper who has raised him three pounds so we need the blinkers to work their magic and hopefully eke out some additional improvement.
It’s really competitive but Al Shibli has fared well with a draw in 12 – not so good though for the well-backed The Turpinator who comes out of box three.
The Turpinator was a nose winner when last running here but is now 6lb higher and has something to prove having generally run below par on the turf since.
WORLD TO LIFT CUP
⭕ 8.30 Kempton Another tricky heat to finish with but I liked the look of You Are My World who has been given a chance by the handicapper of following up her shock course and distance win last time out.
She’s only been put up 2lb for winning what looked a better contest than this and I think she can reach a podium finish.
The danger could be the lightly raced Fiscal Policy who is open to improvement on his first start handicapping off what could be a generous mark.
6.25 Kempton (win 10, nap)
BET 8.3pts win LIEBER POWER
7.00 Kempton (win 10)
BET 1.5pts win AL SHIBLI
8.30 Kempton (win 10 from both win and place bets)
BET 2.0pts win and 6.6pts place YOU ARE MY WORLD
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