Derby Day dawns on Epsom Downs today, without the traditional throngs, the whiff of fried onions and the hucksters, but with the cream of the crop of 3-y-os of both sexes.

The eponymous event takes place at 4.55 with a field of 16 declared, headed by Ed Walker‘s English King at 4-1.

This colt has been favourite for the race since winning the Lingfield Derby Trial on June 5th but we have to point out that winning that particular race has not boded well for the ‘big ‘un’ in the past and winning from Trap 1 may be beyond even the Mad Italian‘s undoubted skills.

We have been firmly in the Kameko camp since his victory in the 2000 Guineas and don’t intend to desert him now, despite the mixed messages re stamina from the breeding.

If he stays, he wins so at 9-2 we recommend a fair each way punt.

At a much longer price, we also expect Mohican Heights to outrun his price of 16-1 and, with four places on offer, recommend a small each way on this one.

The market for the Investec Oaks at 3.40 makes it a match between Love and Frankly Darling and in this race we trust the Insane Eyetie to do the bizĀ  – have a decent bet at 7-4.

Indeed, we suspect that the O’Brien battalion may well be led home by Ennistymon and suggest an each way bet on this one at 6-1.

The Investec Surrey Stakes at 2.25 sees the return to action of the admirable Safe Voyage after the 7-y-o’s narrow defeat by Space Blues at Haddock in early June. With the latter named winning a Group 2 next time out, this Listed contest looks there for the taking by John Quinn‘s star, which, but for the vicissitudes of the Epsom track would be long odds-on. We put our trust in fate and recommend a lump-on at 11-10.

The Investec Handicap at 3.00 looks wide open in the absence of the overnight fav and we will throw the usual two darts and recommend each way bets on Breath Caught at 11-1 and Certain Lad at 14-1.

That’s it for today, but we will be back tomorrow for our first ever Sabbath Preview.

Be still, my beating heart.


Kameko 4.55 Epsom 2pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)

Mohican Heights 4.55 Epsom 0.5pts e/w @ 16-1 (4 places)

Frankly Darling 3.40 Epsom 4pts win @ 7-4

Ennistymon 3.40 Epsom 1pt e/w @ 6-1

Safe Voyage 2.25 Epsom 6pts win @ 11-10

Breath Caught 3.00 Epsom 1.5pts e/w @ 11-1 (5 places Betfair/Paddy Power)

Certain Lad 3.00 Epsom 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (5 places Betfair/Paddy Power)

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