Epsom 2.00 – Indomeneo
A tough handicap to kick off Derby Day and one that can go to the Fahey-trained Indomeneo, who has escaped pretty lightly with a 3lb rise for his win at Ripon. That victory might have been achieved a fair bit more easily had he not been stopped a couple of times in the run and – with a good draw and proven form on soft ground – he can make the most of the huge weight concession from the talented Court House.
Epsom 2.35 – Anna Nerium
This is a talented filly who ran perfectly respectably in the 1000 Guineas despite ground that was probably too quick for her.
She kept trying that day, a testament to her toughness, and she should be more at home with a little ease underfoot. An extra half furlong ekes out a little further improvement. The biggest dangers may come from super consistent Lincoln Rocks and the progressive and well-bred German filly Diaphora.
Epsom 3.10 – Gabrial
Welcome to today’s off the wall selection: A 79 times raced 9 year old who has won one race in the last three and a half years. BUT… he’s arguably in better form now than for ages, certainly than when a terrific second in last year’s race (ridden like today by Frankie Dettori). He definitely appreciates a bit of cut in the ground and can get a piece of the action granted the likely strong pace.
Epsom 3.45 – Edward Lewis & Harry Hurricane
I’m backing a pair in the Dash. Edward Lewis ran a terrific race last year, comes from a yard hitting top form and looks as though he has enough pace around him to tow him far enough into the race. He is the type who might run into trouble but should run a huge race if getting the breaks.
Harry Hurricane is a chancier proposition, but ran well here at the Spring meeting and gets Harry Bentley for the first time. He’s drawn 20, which is either a disaster or a gift depending on the effect of yesterday.
Epsom 4.30 – Kew Gardens (each way)
I’m fully expecting Saxon Warrior to run a huge race, but Stall 1 and puddingy ground may not be ideal for him, and there are enough minor quibbles over lack of stamina in his pedigree to have a dart at one at a bigger price.
Kew Gardens might be the answer – he conceded 3lbs to Knight to Behold at Lingfield, spotted the winner a bit too much ground, lost a shoe early, yet ran pretty hard through the line. He’ll stay this trip really well and won last year’s Zetland Stakes (a race that threw up last year’s shock winner). Owner Michael Tabor talked up his chance early in the week and yesterday’s Oaks hero Donnacha O’Brien will be brimming with confidence.
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