Can you believe it’s less than two weeks to the Epsom Derby meeting? Yesterday morning it was breakfast with the stars on the Downs with some of the main players strutting their stuff around Tattenham Corner to get a feel of the track.
Most experts I talk to think that the favourite Gold Horn will take the beating however there are slight stamina doubts and at 2/1 is it worth the risk?
Aiden O’Brien says he will probably keep Gleneagles to a mile and he might run the filly Found in the race along with his other entries. This says to me that there are no middle distance superstars in his yard this year.
The interesting ones for me are the Qatar team who have the fancied Elm Park entered but are thinking of supplementing Karpino and Sumbal two highly promising colts from the continent.
If this happens there main stable jockey will have a tough job deciding which one to ride and the brilliant Oisin Murphy will pick up the pieces as 2nd jockey for connections.
One thing is for sure the very talented Murphy is the best rider I have seen since the great Lester Piggott and he will win lots of Derbies in the years ahead.
Then of course you could back one of my eyecatchers Storm The Stars who won again for this column at Goodwood last week. I could see him setting the field a merry dance around Tattenham Corner and at big odds he is a bit of value.
Anyway who ever you fancy I would wait until later in the week to see who is added to the field before before splashing the cash.
Its been another top week for Betting Opportunity with Magical Mystery winning at 15/2 and yesterday Excilly at 16/1 there were plenty more but I get bored writing a list of my winners.
Betting Opportunity has been around for ages and is a tried and tested service with historical proofing going back ages and with a return on investment second to none.
We only put up two or three bets a day when we bet not like some services that have bets in every other race which to me sounds like throwing mud at the wall and hoping some sticks.
Also we don’t rely on short price first or second favourites to get us out of trouble if we have a bad run.
Now BetFan are running a special two week discounted trial for the service and it makes huge sense to join but I ask you all one favour if you do take up this special offer please try to judge us on historical proofing not just a two week period.
Just an ordinary days racing today but one that might be worth a punt for Howies Hottie is Dubai Hills in the 4.05 at Thirsk. The gelding is better known for his exploits on Southwells fibresand however he ran well on grass a couple of runs back and in a race which doesn’t look to have much pace he could get the race run to suit up front.
Havisham trainer A.Balding – A promising stayer who could be improving.
Harry Bosch trainer Julia Fielden – An easy winner for this column at Bath last week the gelding is still on a very competitive mark and could chalk up a sequence.
Roayh trainer R.Guest – Disappointed last week when not managing to get up with the pace. That run is best ignored as again he is very well weighted at present.
Mullionheir trainer J.Best – Ran a cracker when 3rd at Goodwood however dropping back to 6 furlongs might be a good idea.
John Reel trainer D.Evans – He ran well at Haydock last Saturday but I just have the feeling that 12 or 14 furlongs would be his ideal trip.
Mutarakez trainer B.Meehan – He won at Haydock despite not getting the best of runs. He could be group class and a mile to 10 furlongs are his trips.
Scottish Command trainer R.Hannon – I don’t often put up many 2 year olds but when I do take notice. This chap looked in need of the run and was tenderly ridden by Richard Hughes but still came 4th. He is owned in partnership by Henry Ponsonby who was one of the first guys involved in setting up syndicates in this country. Look out for this one as I’m sure they will be looking for a winning betting opportunity.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.