Derby Day and a cracking card from Epsom with very little elsewhere. Before I look at the world’s most ridiculous 12F 3yo challenge I need to get yesterday off my chest!
I ended up in front thanks to Invermere’s gutsy win and Miss Van Gogh hanging onto third but oh what could have been! Stamp Hill just travelled too well and couldn’t get a lead for long enough and was picked off in the final furlong. Free Code was just too free and dropped like a stone from halfway but it was my Watching brief that killed me. #FantasticMrFahey had winners at 25/1, 18/1 and 2/5 and #SuperStoute had a 25/1 second string turn over my well backed Fidaawy who halved in price!!! #FantasticMrFahey was called in by the Stewards to explain the improved performance of all three long priced winners (see end of blog) and the 2yo Frankel filly won with Jamie Spencer taking a look over his shoulder 1F out!
Right back today and let’s hope it’s one for some serious re-Joyce-ing when ULYSSES shows why #SuperStoute put him in the Derby as he bursts into full Bloom! By a Derby winner out of an Oaks winner he is a beautifully balanced, athletic horse who won his maiden by seven lengths and his run behind Imperial Aviator, disappointing at the time, is looking stronger now. Sixteen runners and probably a dozen possible dangers but if Ballydoyle run five it suggests that they are not sure they have THE one, the usually reliable Derrinstown Trial looked messy and weak this year, the Dante could well hold the key but I’m not sure John Gosden believes he has the Derby winner this year and #SuperStoute will know where he stands through Midterm who disappointed in the York trial. Recognised trials elsewhere didn’t look much stronger than the maiden Ulysses won and my three main dangers are Massaat, IF he does stay, he was second in the Guineas, Algometer because he is a son of Archipenko and may be Leger horse who will be staying on when others have had enough and Idaho who may turn out to be the best of O’Brien’s five, who was staying on well in the 10F Derrinstown.
Let’s hope Ryan Moore gives US Army Ranger a better ride than the one he gave Minding where the filly got him out of a large hole he had dug himself!
BHA Stewards Reports
Race 4 – 3:35pm THE EBF STALLIONS BREEDING WINNERS FILLIES’ HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 4) The Stewards considered the apparent improvement in form of the winner, INVERMERE, ridden by Tony Hamilton and trained by Richard Fahey, compared with its previous run at Doncaster on 23 April 2016 where the filly finished eighth of eleven, beaten 8 ¾ lengths. They noted the explanation given by the trainer’s representative that the filly had benefited from being ridden more prominently on this occasion. They ordered INVERMERE to be routine tested.
Race 6 – 4:55pm THE START YOUR RACING UK FREE TRIAL HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 4) The Stewards considered the apparent improvement in form of the winner, LUIS VAZ DE TORRES (IRE), ridden by Tom Eaves and trained by Richard Fahey, compared with its previous run at Musselburgh on 29 April 2016 where the gelding finished fourth of six, beaten 8 ¼ lengths. They noted the explanation given by the trainer’s representative that the filly had benefited from a drop back to 6furlongs having raced over 7furlongs previously.
Race 2 – 2:35pm THE INVESTEC WEALTH & INVESTMENT STAKES (HANDICAP) (CLASS 2)
No Stewards Enquiry.
The Stewards considered the apparent improvement in form of the winner, IMSHIVALLA (IRE), ridden by Paul Hanagan and trained by Richard Fahey, compared with its previous run at Ascot on 7 May 2016 where the mare finished eighth of nine, beaten by 8 lengths. They noted the trainer’s explanation that the mare was suited by the easier ground on this occasion. They ordered IMSHIVALLA (IRE) to be routine tested.