Best of the Rest from Epsom.
This week’s Eyecatchers column focuses on last weekend’s Derby meeting at Epsom Downs on June 6th and June 7th. The following horses caught our experts – and perhaps her majesty the Queen’s – keen eye throughout a fabulous weekend of racing.
Charles Camoin (Epsom – 6th June)
Is now 4 lbs below last winning mark which makes this effort even more interesting. On a track where hold-up horses can struggle, especially on quick ground, he was beaten after a the first couple of furlongs. Was five wide the whole way and having been outpaced coming down the hill ran on under tender handling.
Llanarmon Lad (Epsom – 6th June)
Will have gone into many notebooks off this run as it was a fine effort from a poor draw. Again, another horse to suffer on quick ground around here when held-up, he made up a lot of ground on the winner late on. Lightly-raced and with a good trainer, his good attitude can see him win more races on decent ground.
Fury (Epsom – 6th June)
In the same race as Llanarmon Lad and another eyecatcher. Is now on a dangerous mark (92) having been rated 107 two years ago. This was a good effort; under tender handling on ground that was probably too fast for him. York and Newbury seem to be his favoured tracks, but cut in the ground and a strong pace is important. Hard to win with, but current mark makes him of interest going forward.
Ihtimal (Epsom – 6th June)
The Godolphin filly was one of number of fillies that caught our eye in the Oaks, but more seemed to go wrong for her than most. She was too keen over this trip to get home and was shuffled back in the pack when her jockey was trying to settle her. Came wide into the straight before staying on nicely. Ten furlongs, on good ground may be her optimum trip going forward.
Kafeel (Epsom – 6th June)
Was three wide compared to the winner and the third, the whole way and always looked a touch outpaced. Took a little while to pick up before hitting top gear so a step-up in trip may suit, or a more conventional seven furlongs. Has a nice pedigree and is lightly-raced.
What About Carlo (Epsom – 7th June)
He was pretty impressive in winning a competitive handicap and his Group One Coral Eclipse entry doesn’t look so foolish now. Is unexposed over ten furlongs and clearly stays the trip well as he was well on top at the line. Took a little while to hit top gear, but is progressing nicely.
Fine Prince (Epsom – 7th June)
Connections got tactics wrong as this son of Strategic Prince is a forward going type. Jimmy Fortune tried to hold him up, but instead was fighting him the whole race. Back over five furlongs, on a speed track on good ground he could win a nursery.
Blue Surf (Epsom – 7th June)
Good run given he covered more ground than the first and second home, three wide the whole way and took a bump into the home straight. Travelled nicely before just staying on. Ground quicker than ideal, but showed he was in form.
Best of luck to everyone attending tonight’s BetBright meeting at Kempton, we hope to see some of you there!