WHAT WILL WIN DAQMAN’S VERSION OF THE 2,000 GUINEAS? Today is Guineas day! Or it should have been. The Newmarket Classic is now rescheduled to be run at Newmarket on Saturday, June 6. Daqman checks out the likely leading runners and presents you with a ‘race’ and form for you to make your selection. It’s not the Guineas but then June 6 may not be Guineas day either.. All depends on the government’s phased relaxation of the rules. We’ll keep you in touch.


TOMORROW: Daqman’s 2,000 ‘result’ plus 1,000 runners and riders.


How many will dare challenge Pinatubo and when? Well, maybe June 6, and the markets will be wiser when probables for the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas are published next week.

On all known form, Pinatubo only has to go to post to win it, in the likely absence of any strong French opposition, because of travel restrictions and because their Classics are likely to get off the mark first in an earlier resumption.

So it is that Victor Ludorum has been earmarked for the French Guineas and French Derby with Earthlight likely to take in a 7f trial at home before his season is planned; the Jersey Stakes would then seem a likely venue if Royal Ascot gets the green light and restrictions are eased.

Siskin has been on the drift for Newmarket but Ryan Moore has been keen on the 2,000 chances of Arizona for Ballydoyle, while Frankie Dettori’s mount, Palace Pier, has been ‘growing up nicely’ at home, but I’ll give you my ‘result’ of this ‘race’ tomorrow.

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2,000 Guineas, Newmarket, 1m; potential date: Saturday, June 6

320 Arizona 3-9-0 Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore
111 Earthlight 3-9-0 Andre Fabre, Mickael Barzelona*
221 Kameko 3-9-0 Andrew Balding, Oisin Murphy
-11 Kenzai Warrior 3-9-0 Roger Teal, Jack Mitchell
-10 Kinross 3-9-0 Ralph Beckett, Harry Bentley
-11 Military March 3-9-0 Saeed Bin Suroor, Hector Crouch
114 Mogul 3-9-0 Aidan O’Brien, Donnacha O’Brien or Padraig Beggy
-11 Palace Pier John Gosden, Frankie Dettori
111 Pinatubo 3-9-0 Charlie Appleby, William Buick
111 Siskin 3-9-0 Ger Lyons, Colin Keane
311 Threat 3-9-0 R Hannon, Tom Marquand
111 Victor Ludorum 3-9-0 Andre Fabre, Mickael Barzelona*
–1 Waldkonig 3-9-0 John Gosden, Robert Havlin
213 Wichita 3-9-0 Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan

* Earthlight and Victor Ludorum doubtful unless travel restrictions lifted.

BETTING FORECAST (without Earthlight and Victor Ludorum): 4-5 Pinatubo, 8 Arizona, 12 Kameko, Kinross, Palace Pier, 16 Siskin, 20 Threat, Waldkonig, 22 Military March, Mogul, Wichita, 33 Kenzai Warrior.

🏇 Arizona A long way adrift of Pinatubo in the National Stakes at the Curragh but narrowed the gap to two lengths on the soft in the Dewhurst at Newmarket. Ryan Moore ’looking forward to him.’

🏇 Earthlight Won back-to-back 6f Group-1 two-year-old tests, the Prix Morny (Arizona fourth) and the Middle Park at Newmarket. Bred to be well capable of Guineas trip.

🏇 Kameko Royal Lodge runner-up stretched clear over the straight-mile of the Futurity on Tapeta at Newcastle.

🏇 Kenzai Warrior Related to an Arc winner on the dam’s side, never stopped growing last year. The runner-up in his Horris Hill (on heavy) had been well beaten earlier by Military March and had also been behind Wichita.

🏇 Kinross Kingman colt was eight-lengths winner at Newmarket in a big-field novice, with the runner-up scoring next time. Favourite but only fifth in the Futurity (dwelt and involved in barging match).

🏇 Military March Stayed on well to score over a mile at Newmarket (soft), with the third, Ropey Guest, a benchmark after his earlier third to Wichita and subsequent narrow defeat by Kenzai Warrior in the Horris Hill.

🏇 Mogul It was all very easy in the Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown (1m) in September but the colt dwelt and did well to dispute second in the final furlong of the Futurity at Newcastle (Tapeta) won by Kameko. Mogul eventually finished fourth, Kinross fifth.

🏇 Palace Pier Back-to-back winner at Sandown – heavy gamble the last day – was well fancied for the Lagardere but sustained a leg injury and missed the race. Good reports this Spring.

🏇 Pinatubo Six-timer in Frankel style, winning the Chesham, Vintage, National and Dewhurst stakes races, the Goodwood and Curragh events by wide margins, and was 3-1 on the last twice, though he had to dig deep to beat Arizona on soft the last day.

🏇 Siskin His 6f four-timer includes Curragh hat-trick, completed by Railway Stakes and Phoenix summer double, but somersaulted in the stalls, when vying for Middle Park favouritism with the subsequent winner, Earthlight, and was withdrawn.

🏇 Threat Beaten only half-a-length, second to Earthlight in the Coventry at Royal Ascot before winning the Gimcrack and then the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. Slow away, ran on, when finished his season, fifth in the Middle Park.

🏇 Victor Ludorum Quick autumn hat-trick landed as ready winner of the Lagardere (very soft ground). In the same ownership as Pinatubo and Earthlight and the convoluted delays to the European seasons make it difficult to know the who-runs-where, but travel restrictions may dictate that they all stay at home.

🏇 Waldkonig Half-brother to Arc winner Waldgeist and dam half-sister to St Leger winner, Masked Marvel. Still green when nine-lengths scorer in Wolverhampton novice, and looks one for over further later in the season.

🏇 Wichita Went clear in Group 3 (7f) at Newmarket before well beaten, same pace, third over same CD, behind Pinatubo and Arizona in the Dewhurst.

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