It’s Derby Day. But I’m going to leave the Derby to others and there are three of interest for me on the card…
2.00 Epsom – The Trader (Each Way)
This one looks like being and EW price and if so that should be the play. SDS is dynamite around here and while he tends to ride better over shorter distances at this meeting, he knows how to win over the 10f around here. The yard continue in good form and the horse posted a career best Racing Post Rating LTO – which is always a positive, especially with horses that you think are progressive.
This one returned at Chelmsford on the 9th of May where he lost to Fox Premier. That horse has since bolted up. He then ran in The London Gold Cup at Newbury 14 days ago. Nothing has run from that race since but historically it’s one of ‘THE’ 3 year old handicaps to follow through the season, as it’s often packed with future class 1 performers. The horse can be ridden near the front and I expect SDS to be his usual aggressive self and get a prominent position. He looks worth a go at the price and I suspect he had the choice of the Johnston runners.
2.35 Epsom – Awesometank (Each Way)
Again, another EW play if the price allows, especially given that there’s a warm favourite. This filly arrives on the back of a win LTO on her seasonal return and she has some solid listed/group form to her name. It could be she improves even more this season and James Doyle jumps back on – he’s often an upgrade for me. Haggas is in form and he’s a very good record when applying 1st time CP in class 1 races… 5/24,11p, +27. She sets a solid standard here and can race prominently. There shouldn’t be excuses and I thought she could give the top two in the market plenty to think about.
3.10 Epsom – Bye Bye Hong Kong
He looks to be a win bet here for his in-form yard and is attempting to rattle off the hat-trick of wins. He won a Listed races at Windsor in what was a career best effort and there is every chance that SDS is allowed to make all – that tactical advantage could be a massive positive for his chances in this, if able to slow it up and kick at the right time. SDS with all rides at the track in the last 5 years is 8/19,10p, +41 with 3 year olds over this 8.5 furlong distance. I doubt many ride this CD better. It will be tough given his age up against older horses but he gets plenty of weight from them and is experienced enough. Zaaki is a danger but he has a habit of being slowly away and may have to come from the back. Hopefully the selection can get the run on him.