Epsom 2.00 – Mendoza
A tight little race for the Woodcote can go to trainer Brian Meehan, who has loosed of a couple of decent juveniles already this year.
Mendoza shaped with loads of promise at Newbury on a slick surface, but his pedigree hints strongly that the cut in the ground today will suit well and I like the booking of Oisin Murphy. Stall 1 ought to be an advantage unless there’s a mass migration to the stands side. At a big price, Cotubanama ought not to be discounted following a decent sixth in the Marygate at York. Like the selection, the ground may be more suitable today.
Epsom 2.35 – Medburn Dream
This likeable front-runner might have a fair bit more to offer for Peter Hedger, for whom he’s having only his third start. The form of his Windsor win has been franked by the runner-up and Medburn Dream is a past course winner on decent ground. This is a less competitive running of this race that is often the case and this represents another sound opportunity.
Epsom 3.10 – Idaho
Now clearly Cracksman is almost impossible to oppose, but I’ve a feeling Idaho could be about to take his form to another level. After a rather patchy 2017, he looked a different proposition altogether at Chester, notwithstanding the much calmer waters. It’s worth remembering that – like Cracksman – he has a Derby third on his CV and if there is an unlikely chink in the favourite’s armour, I like Idaho to take advantage.
Epsom 3.45 – Not So Sleepy
Last year’s winner is wheeling back into form judging on his very sound performance at Chester. He’s got lots of good form on softish ground, has a good draw, and was value for considerably more than the winning margin here in 2017. Self evidently Ajman King has an outstanding chance, but there is less appeal in his price. At a big price, Never Surrender is a floater who could run well if you’re of a forgiving disposition.
Epsom 4.30 – Perfect Clarity
It’s so hard to foil the Ballydoyle juggernaut, but Perfect Clarity might just have the credentials to do it. She has the pedigree, is in excellent hands and looked really sharp at Lingfield. Clive Cox has made no secret of his regard for this filly and – if there is a star in the race – it is likely to be her. Of Aidan O’Brien’s quintet, Bye Bye Baby appeals most judged on the remorseless power of her victory at the Curragh last time
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