What a day we had on Friday folks with two winners on the board courtesy of Pyledriver (8/1) and Blue Cup (9/2) and we also had a nice placed selection with On A Session (13/2) in the final race on the card. Saturday features the Cazoo Epsom Derby and it is the pinnacle of the flat racing calendar. We will be looking to get a couple of winners on the card.
2.00 WORLD POOL AT THE TOTE HANDICAP (Class 2) (3yo 0-105) Winner £25,770 9 runners 1m2f17y Good ITV (STALLS Inside)
PATIENT DREAM (11/4) is the only course winner in the field and from a nice position in stall one he looks poised to go very close here.
The form of his last race has worked out really well with the 2nd 3rd 4th 6th and 8th all winning next time out. He took a keen hold that day and won in tidy fashion by a length.
He was value for much more than the winning margin in my eyes and I think he can only improve off the back of it as it was his first start of the season.
The handicapper has raised him 7lb and with the form working out I think that is quite lenient.
I think he will be very hard to beat with luck in running from the inside draw.
2.35 PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES (SPONSORED BY CAZOO) (GROUP 3) (Class 1) (3yo+) Winner £39,697 10 runners 1m113y Good ITV (STALLS Inside)
Oisin Murphy and Archie Watson team up with PARENT’S PRAYER (9/2) and this filly has kept some decent company in recent starts and looks a big price here.
She started this season with a trip across the water to Naas where she contested the Lodge Park Stud Irish EBF Park Express Stakes (Group 3) and ultimately finished a battling second behind Epona Plays. Epona Plays has since gone on and landed a Group Two so the form looks very solid.
Parent’s Prayer was then 4th to Axana next time out in the Chartwell Fillies Stakes where it looked to me as the drop to 7f wasn’t totally in her favour.
She steps back up in trip here and I think with luck in running she will be hard to keep out of the frame.
3.10 CAZOO DIOMED STAKES (GROUP 3) (Class 1) (3yo+) Winner £39,697 9 runners 1m113y Good ITV (STALLS Inside)
It looks very interesting that the Sir Michael Stoute trained MAXIMAL (NR) is the sole three year old in the field and he could put the useful age for weight allowance to good use and go very close here.
He finished second behind Hurricane Lane on his first start of the season and that was quite a good run considering that Hurricane Lane is well fancied for the Epsom Derby later on the card.
His second run of the season was even more encouraging when he ran an excellent race to finish second behind El Drama in the Dee Stakes at Chester.
It would suggest to me that the Stoute team think plenty of this colt and it would be no surprise if he was far too good for his rivals.
He should have more improvement to come and I think he will prove hard to beat.
3.45 WORLD POOL “DASH” HANDICAP (HERITAGE HANDICAP) (Class 2) (3yo+) Winner £38,220 20 runners 5f Good ITV (STALLS Stands’ side)
ONLY SPOOFING (9/1) was a very impressive winner at Navan last time out and connections have decided to aim for a decent pot by heading for Epsom Downs.
Kevin Coleman who is based in Ireland has called on the services of Tom Marquand and that could be vital to have one of the best jockeys at the minute in the saddle.
This horse has been campaigned over a variety of trips but all his winning form has come over the minimum distance. Following his victory in Navan, Kevin Coleman quoted that good ground and five furlongs is what are the horses ideal conditions.
He will get that here again and with luck in running he will go close.
4.30 CAZOO DERBY (GROUP 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) (ENTIRE COLTS & FILLIES) (Class 1) (3yo) Winner £637,988 12 runners 1m4f6y Good ITV (STALLS Centre)
Jim Crowley and William Haggas team up here with MOHAAFETH (17/2) and this horse created quite an impression when landing a listed race at Newmarket last time getting the better of the Charlie Appleby trained Secret Protector.
The Racing Post comments after the race stated a “canter” and “impressive” and visually in my eyes it looked very good. He will likely have to come on from that run and improve again but the step up in trip is sure to be in his favour and I am of the opinion that he is an exciting individual.
He is three from three this season moving up the grades and showing plenty of progression. His RPR was similar to that of the likely favourite Bolshoi Ballet of 117 but yet he is much bigger in the market.
I think he will be very hard to keep out of the frame and should go close.
5.15 NORTHERN DANCER HANDICAP (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-105) Winner £25,770 12 runners 1m4f6y Good RTV (STALLS Centre)
WAIT FOR THE LORD (8/1) is a horse that has been in my tracker for quite a while and this might just be the time to catch him. He came back into some form last time at Haydock where he finished fourth to La Lune and it looked like he was just short of a little bit of pace.
I think that this track will really suit him as he travels kindly and should quicken away coming down the hill.
The handicapper has left him on the same mark as last time and I think he comes here with a solid each-way shout.
Should be hard to keep out of the frame.
5.50 CAZOO HANDICAP (FOR THE TOKYO TROPHY) (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-105) Winner £25,770 14 runners 6f3y Good RTV (STALLS Outside)
The top weight here DANZENO (NR) is a very classy sprinter and has given his yard some great days and he could add to that here.
He finished 9th in a Wokingham and 2nd in a Portland in recent seasons and if he can come back to anything like that form then he must have a major chance here.
He was a winner from this mark of 105 back at Haydock in 2019 and the last time we seen him in October he finished second in a conditions race. He might be best caught fresh as he won first time up in 2019.
I would keep a close eye on the market but I expect him to go close.