The NAP has been in tremendous form, winning for the last five days consecutively. We turn our attention to Epsom, the home of the Oaks and the Derby.
2:00 Epsom – Cardsharp (11/4)
This nice prospect was set to appear at Newbury a fortnight ago, but the rain scuppered his chances. The Johnston’s believe he’s a classy prospect, and if he builds on his Ascot fourth he can play a leading role in this. Richard Fahey’s Zap could be a good each-way chance.
2:35 Epsom – Remarkable (10/3)
It’s very hard to choose between the two at the top of the market, but I’m siding with Remarkable. He’s got the class, consistency and quality but the handicapper has acted accordingly. The main rival G K Chesterton is a bit more unexposed, but he may not handle Epsom’s track. Remarkable may relish it.
3:10 Epsom – Idaho (7/1)
Make sure you read our big preview on the Coronation Cup by clicking here! Idaho has been unlucky over the past, but should follow in the footsteps of his big brother, and today’s rival, Highland Reel. Reports about him are positive, and if Highland Reel is off his game, or the rain comes he may struggle.
3:45 Epsom – Brorocco (4/1) NAP
In our exclusive interview with Andrew Balding, he suggested Brorocco would have a good chance in this race. We can’t argue with him! He was a good winner on his penultimate start, before a good second around Chester’s tricky track. He’ll like the track, and should run a big race!
4:30 Epsom – Rhododendrum (16/19), Natavia w/o Rhododendrum (11/2)
Make sure you read our BIG Oaks preview and runner-by-runner guide. Rhododendrum is a really classy filly and should take a lot of stopping. Her two-year-old form is outstanding, and she ran excellently in the 1000 Guineas even when short of room. She’s been primed for this, and should run a huge race. Natavia impressed me a lot at Newbury, she’s still unexposed but should be able to chase the winner home.
5:15 Epsom – Seven Heavens (7/2), Koropick (9/1) ew
Seven Heavens has been a big disappointment for John Gosden and one day he may just click into form. The three-year-old won twice last season, both in impressive style. This well-bred colt is better than we have seen, and if he can return to his best has to have a big chance.
Koropick has finished seventh on his last two starts but excuses can be made on both occasions for Hugo Palmer’s three-year-old. He’s got a run on him, and on the basis of his two-year-old form could run a good race.
5:30 Epsom – Easton Square (7/1)
Making his handicap debut is Easton Square, John Gosden’s three-year-old won on debut before going close again next time out. He was well beaten on his next start, but makes his seasonal bow and warrants plenty of respect now carrying top weight.