The dust has settled on another Epsom Derby with the Coolmore Mafia winning racings foremost Classic with Ruler of The World. The Coolmore boys completely out gunned Sheik Mohammeds Godolphin operation by setting slow early fractions so that hot favourite Dawn Approach would not settle and pull like a bronco before running out of steam in the home straight.
Ten Derby winners have now been trained on the gallops at Ballydoyle six by Vincent O’Brien and now four by Aiden O’Brien.
The full line up of the Irish Clan is led by the wealthy John Magnier who is married to Sue who names all the horses, she is the daughter of Vincent O’Brien.
We then have Michael Tabor a former bookmaker turned currency trader and Derrick Smith a former Ladbrokes director now based in Barbados.
Now none of these can match the wealth or political clout of Sheik Mohammed but together they are a very formidable foe. Perhaps you can all see now why the wonder horse Frankel never attempted to take on the Derby during his three year old campaign and befell the same fate as Dawn Approach.
Having watched the replay of the great race I do think my Derby tip Libertarian ran a cracker to be 2nd having to come from way back in a slowly run affair. To be honest I wouldn’t mind betting when he meets the winner again the placings will be reversed.
I have a few tips for you today the first is a film called The Cup about the 2002 Melbourne Cup in which Damien Oliver won the race on Media Puzzle following the death of his brother Jason. Warning, you might need a few tissues but you will have a good laugh at the actor who portrays Frankie Dettori.
Next we have the two documentaries narrated by Claire Balding, the 1913 Derby in which suffragette Emily Davison was killed by running on to the course and A Passion for Racing regarding the Queen and her horses. I’m afraid neither shows Claire going topless as some idiot wanted her to do Channel 4 racing in a recent BBC phone in.
On to the days racing and I do like the card up at Ayr but the problem with the Scottish track is the weather up there changes so quickly, so one minute it’s fast ground and the next it’s soft.
So for Howies Hottie I’m sticking with the polytrack at Kempton in the 8.00. My selection is Mountain Range from the Musson yard with an eyecatching jockey booking in William Buick.
The gelding was once rated 82 and now runs off a mark of 64 making him a very well handicapped individual. He is well drawn and has winning form over the course. Also he showed a return to form when running 3rd at Sandown last time out.
Kempton 8.00 Mountain Range – Win Bet 9/2 bet365
Minstrel Lad trainer J.ONeill – Denied a clear run when full of running and with better luck he should be in the firing line next time out.
Astorgs Galaxy trainer Sir Michael Stoute – No match for the winner at Lingfield last week but considering it was the horses debut on heavy ground it was a promising performance.
Biography trainer R.Hannon – Came to win the race at Bath when stumbling on false ground. Has to be considered very unlucky.
Producer trainer R.Hannon – Ran better than his finishing position at Epsom and might be suited by a return to 7 furlongs.
Libertarian trainer Mrs K Burke – As stated above he ran a great race on a track that did not play to his strengths. Could be the one to be with if he goes for the Irish Derby.
Smoothtalkinrascal trainer D.OMeira – Finished like a train in the Epsom Dash after meeting trouble in running.
Joe Packet trainer J.Portman – Finished down the field at Windsor on Monday but there were valid excuses. This gelding is just coming to the boil and should be cherry ripe soon.
Back next wednesday have a good week and be lucky.