Picture the scene it’s a chilly wet Wednesday at the beginning of June in 1947. It’s Derby Day on Epsom Downs. The ground has turned on the softer side and we have an odds on favourite in the shape of Tudor Minstrel who had won the previous Months 2000 gns by eight lengths.
Tudor Minstrel was ridden by the champion jockey of the era Sir Gordon Richards and was as near a cert as you could get in horse racing.
Now high up on the downs a certain bookmaker was standing on his box laying prices at rates as big as 2/1. He was being knocked over as punters rushed in to get the best value in racing history as other bookies looked on in astonishment.
The race started and as the Derby unfolded two horses pulled clear of the pack as they came round Tatenham Corner the hot favourite and the French outsider Pearl Diver. Two furlongs out the jollies stride seemed to shorten and Pearl Diver went on to make history at 40/1 being the first ever French trained winner of the great race.
Meanwhile up on the downs surrounded by 400,000 crestfallen punters a certain bookmaker was counting a near fortune in his satchel. Now due to a family connection I know who this layer was and his name is carried by one of the leading current day betting organisations.
What most people don’t know is that if Tudor Minstrel had won he had the car running for a quick exit as he did not have the money to pay backers of the favourite.
Well I’m sure who ever wins the Derby this year we will all get paid out if we can find the winner but will it be the very hot jolly Dawn Approach?
At even money I’m quite happy to watch and would rather have an each way play on the Dante winner Libertarian at 18/1 with Hills. He is sure to stay and William Buick rides the track very well. The other good sign is the so called experts on Channel 4 have overlooked him as he is not trained by one of the big boys.
On to today’s racing which I have to say does not inspire but I’m still going to put up a Howies Hottie in the 6.55 Kempton. This is a 7 furlong handicap and the one I think who will appreciate this trip is High On The Hog trained by Mark Brisbourne.
The gelding was just touched off last time over a mile and the drop in trip could be crucial for this well handicapped gelding. I have not seen any early prices yet but he should be towards the front of the betting market.
Cosimo De Medici trainer H.Morrison – This strong stayer was seen to lose many lengths at the start last time before staying on and with a decent break next time he should go close.
Saint Jerome trainer J.Osborne – He did not quite last home over the mile and a drop in trip or perhaps an easier track will help him get his head in front.
Van Percy trainer A.Balding – A winner at Haydock last week but that does not tell the whole story. Inside the final furlong he was all dressed up with nowhere to go until seeing daylight and shooting clear in the final few yards. The handicapper can’t put him up much as he only won by a nose and he remains well treated.
Reckless Abandon trainer C.Cox – Ran a cracking race on his seasonal appearance and looks primed for Royal Ascot.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.