Can’t believe it is Oaks/Derby time already. Hate the course but some quality animals and some decent handicaps. I will post this now and update at 12noon tomorrow with the rest.
The going at Epsom is now good to soft, soft in places (from soft, good to soft in places) following a dry and breezy day. Racing Post @RacingPost 4.30pm Thursday
Doncaster 7.40 FREE CODE Went in #startracker after his seasonal debut at Newmarkets Craven meeting, “FREE CODE didn’t get the clearest runs and could be a player in a C2 7F handicap on a flat track.” OR92 90 2lbs drop might open some possibilities?
His last victory was at Doncaster over 7F on Good to Firm with Graham Gibbons riding in June of last year! He is just a 1lb higher here so welcome to Groundhog Day? Has to be a player. Two stars** each way @ 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
Epsom 3.45 SPRING OFFENSIVE A likeable horse who has already won twice this season and his mark has gone up seven pounds. OR83 87 88 90 Well drawn in stall 4 but to win would take a career best but he is improving. However a couple of notes I’ve written bother me. “He has run well at flat tracks such as Redcar and especially Musselburgh where the longer straights help him organise his powerful finish. C3 8F with some guaranteed pace would be ideal but he could be competitive up in grade and maybe even 9/10F. Good ground is ideal.” Epsom isn’t the best place to “get organised” and the ground may be a bit soft for him. Watching Brief
Epsom 3.45 MISS VAN GOGH Another having a good season. Won at Nottingham but didn’t see out the 10F last time. Steps back to 8 ½ F and has a few things going for her. A decent draw in stall 3, Paul Hanagan in the saddle who is three from three on her and she won’t mind the recent rain. Well worth two stars** each way @ 11/1 with PP.
Catterick 4.45 LUIS VAZ DE TORRES Low grade sprinter who probably needs the AW or C5 or both to get back in the winners enclosure! Watching Brief.
Epsom 5.50 STAMP HILL I really fancy this horse who ran a cracker at Goodwood last time from a dreadful draw. Notes say “Acquired in Ireland from Johnny Murtagh/Andrew Tinkler in the middle of last season and he runs in the colours of the “Merchants and Missionaries”. A new syndicate to me but they have some very nice horses and I am currently trying to find out who exactly are the Merchants and Missionaries? Since joining Fahey Stamp Hill was second in a C4 maiden at Thirsk , then got up in the shadow of the post in a 6F C4 maiden on soft ground at Chester. This gelded son of Zoffany should pay his way in 6/7F handicaps. C2 7F 3yo should be fine.” Won’t mind Soft in the going and better drawn here, 5 out of 9, I make him a three star*** NAP win selection @ 6/1 general and hope George Chaloner can get the decent winner he deserves.
Catterick 3.35 INVERMERE
Doncaster 7.10 YA JAMMEEL
Doncaster 8.40 BAHAMIAN SUNSHINE
Catterick 1.50 QUEEN KINDLY
Epsom 2.35 DARSHINI
Goodwood 8.50 DELVE
Doncaster 6.10 HAMMER GUN
Doncaster 7.10 EL HAYEM
Doncaster 7.10 FIDAAWY Most interesting horse of the day! Two star** win @ 4/1 general. Tell you why tomorrow or watch his only race last year at Newmarket (Jockey Club videos) when backed off the boards!