It’s Derby Day, and we’ve got all our tips ready to go! A bumper card goes to Epsom, and we also look at meetings all over the UK and Ireland to give you our fancies in 16 races!
1:40 Musselburgh – Full Of Promise (4/1)
The mount of Paul Hanagan certainly needed the run when sixth at Thirsk, but this filly should be better from the outing. She’s run well at this level, and looks to be improving. The conditions appear to be ideal.
2:00 Epsom – Bristol Missile (8/1)
A very nice horse of Richard Hannon who has ran well without winning on all three visits to the racecourse. He was last seen finishing second at Chester, he came from a long way back whilst the favourite, who won, could lead from the front. The track suited those tactics, and he should be better suited to Epsom. He’s got a low weight, and should be fine on the ground.
2:25 Navan – Haripour (3/1)
Haripour has been a frustrating one to follow this season, but returns back to maiden company after a decent attempt in listed grade. A half-brother to Derby winner Harzand, he should be progressing well and will win a maiden one day. Against this field, that day should be today
2:30 Doncaster – Paramount Love (14/1) ew
One of the nicest bred in the field, and thought of quite highly is this outsider. With listed winners throughout the family, he has a good sprinting pedigree and is likely to win a sprint maiden within time. He could spring a surprise here.
2:35 Epsom – Laugh Aloud (5/4), Urban Fox w/o fav (9/2)
This filly was very impressive when winning at Goodwood last time out, and will prove to be very hard to beat once again. She will have to deal with the undulating track, but she should manage it okay.
Urban Fox can chase her home for James Tate, she ran an excellent race on debut to finish second in the Fred Darling. In the 1000 Guineas she was eighth, but she should be far more competitive in this field.
2:50 Musselburgh – Unforgetable Filly (7/4)
A good filly who was second in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket, before failing to fire in the 1000 Guineas. She steps back in grade, and returns to her optimum trip. She should be good enough to take this.
3:10 Epsom – Folkswood (9/2)
A horse I like a lot and expect to strike soon enough is Folkswood. He was a neck off winning a Group One in Dubai earlier this season, and Decorated Knight who beat them has since followed up with another victory at the top level. His UK form has been decent, and if he handles Epsom’s tricky track he should have a good chance. I’m confident he’ll be fine on the track, having run well at Newmarket.
3:25 Musselburgh – Time To Study (15/8)
We tipped this one to place at Newbury a fortnight ago (and we got the winner), and he delivered. He’s upped in trip this afternoon which should play to his strengths in what doesn’t look the best of races.
3:45 Epsom (Dash) – Edward Lewis (12/1), Olivia Fallow (25/1)
Edward Lewis looks a progressive type for David O’Meara. He had a bad draw at Thirsk but still managed to finish fourth in a competitive race. He’s got a lot of natural pace, and should be able to have his say in this field.
Paul Midgley’s Olivia Fallow is a huge price at the bottom of the handicap. She hasn’t been too far off in efforts this season, and could be dangerous on this mark. With a good draw, and racing weight she could land the spoils.
4:30 Epsom (The Derby) – Capri (16/1), Dubai Thunder (18/1) ew /Benbatl (28/1) ew
Make sure you read my in-depth preview of the big race by clicking here. Capri is a horse whose been rejected by Ryan Moore, but the three-year-old has enjoyed good form when a very close third in a competitive trial at Leopardstown. He’s got experience, is classy enough to compete at this level and relish the trip.
Dubai Thunder has only had one run, but was massively impressive and could be a superstar in the making. Benbatl has run well in defeat, and will relish the longer trip.
5:15 Epsom – Shraaoh (3/1)
Despite making his seasonal bow this four-year-old should have a good chance. He was last seen finishing fifth at York, but the trip was a bit too long for him that day. Prior to that his Goodwood form has worked out very well. There was little between him, Dal Harraild and Move Up. The two have since gone on to win in pattern company. He’s on a mark and will progress this season.
5:40 Doncaster – Afaak (12/1) ew
A beautifully bred colt for Charlie Hills who won his maiden in a mature style last time out. He goes handicapping after a good performance at Thirsk, but has to be respected once again.
5:50 Epsom – George Bowen (8/1)
An expensive horse to follow, but I’m determined to finally win with him. He travelled as good as ever when sixth at York in the Dante festival but dropped out of contention when it mattered. He’s been lowered 2lb, and he’ll win races within time!
7:10 Newcastle – Kullu (9/4)
This a very nice horse to back, as trainer Charlie Fellows knows her mark of 81 doesn’t represent how good she could, or may already, be. She won easily on reappearance at Lingfield to power home in good style. She was raised 6lb but she looks a lot better than her mark suggests.
7:40 Newcastle – Abjar (5/6)
I think this is a horse to really keep an eye on! He made a promising debut for Sir Michael Stoute when not too far away at Chelmsford. He was a bit green, and was hampered in some parts of the race, and will improve from the outing. In what doesn’t look the best of races this son of Nathanial and Group One winning Kinnaird could be special.
8:00 Tramore – Senewalk (13/8)
A nice jumping prospect for Willie Mullins, who has been rather disappointing on both attempts over hurdles. The five-year-old was sixth on debut, before following up with a fourth place effort at Punchestown. He takes a big step down in class, and on paper should be way too good for this field.