Day Two of the Epsom Derby meeting, with the big race at 4.30 having a field of 12.
It took the jocks just two races yesterday to work out that middle to far side of the track was a complete ‘no-go’ area, after which we were treated to a spectacle redolent of Brighton on a wet Monday, with everyone trying to bag the stands rail to take advantage of the ‘Golden Highway’.
This situation renders form somewhat meaningless and the Epsom hierarchy should be rightly embarrassed. The honourable Clerk of the Course is quoted as saying that, with a fresh strip of ground opened on the inside, yesterday’s shenanigans won’t recur, but, if the going stick readings are correct, there is still a big difference between the sides.
“Stop whingeing and get on with it!” Ed.
Odds on favourite for the Investec Derby is supplied by Aiden O’Brien (surprise) in the shape of Saxon Warrior, who won the 2000 Guineas by an impressive margin and was named by the yard as a potential Triple Crown winner. Clearly this horse has the best form on offer, but at 4-5 and from the ‘coffin box’ stall (see yesterday’s Preview) it’s no sort of betting proposition.
Let’s try, instead, an each way bet on Young Rascal at 10-1.
Unbeaten at 3, including a last time out victory in the Group 3 Chester Vase, William Haggas‘s charge will travel and stay and should give us a run for the hard-earned under James Doyle.
The day starts with the Investec Private Banking Handicap over 10 furlongs, with 4 of the eleven runners out of the handicap and it’s 9-2 the field.
We are sweet on the chances of Indomeneo at 8-1 (each way), the mount of Paddy Mathers. The Richard Fahey yard saddled a winner here yesterday and this could be another, after the horse’s back-to-form victory last time out, for which he has been raised just 3 lbs.
The Princess Elizabeth Stakes at 2.35 has a ‘dead eight’ field and, in the hope it stays like that, we suggest an each way bet on one of the two 3-y-os in the race, Anna Nerium, at 9-2.
Already a Group 3 winner, this daughter of Mayson finished an honourable 7th in the 1000 Guineas, when the ground would have been too quick and this race represents a drop in class.
The Investec Diomed Stakes at 3,10 features the first and second from last year’s renewal in Sovereign Debt and good old Gabriel, both now nine years young. Have to oppose these two today with an each way bet (2 places) on the Irish raider True Valour, which is available at 7-1 and, at just 4, an up-and-comer.
And now to the “Dash” at 3.45.Just 20 of them, having a quick hurtle down the hill – who’s turn is it today??
If there is any justice, it should be Dark Shot, so back it each way at 6-1 (5 places)
After the excitement(?) of the Derby, the Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap, over the Blue Riband distance, has a field of 18, so with 5 places on offer, we put forward Eddystone Rock and Pacify as the answer, both available at 11-1.
Here endeth the Preview.
Young Rascal 4.30 Epsom e/w @ 10-1
Indomeneo 2.00 Epsom e/w @ 8-1
Anna Nerium 2.35 Epsom e/w @ 9-2
True Valour 3.10 Epsom e/w @ 7-1
Dark Shot 3.45 Epsom e/w @ 6-1
Eddystone Rock 5.15 Epsom e/w @ 11-1 (5 places)
Pacify 5.15 Epsom e/w @ 11-1 (5 places)