It’s Epsom Derby week and as the gypsies descend on to the Downs all our thoughts turn to the two biggest Classics in World racing our Oaks and Derby.
Perhaps you will be heading up to the Amato where every year the gypsies chalk up the name of what might be the Derby winner on a board outside the pub.
Of course in days gone by you could have consulted Ras Prince Monalulu who would stand on the Downs dressed in a Red Indian head dress shouting I got an orse to beat the favourite, the bees make the honey don’t let the bookies take the money!
He claimed he was related to the tribe of Ethiopian Jews from Africa but in fact he came from St Croix which is in the West Indies. He first came to prominence in 1920 when he won £8,000 on the Derby won by Spion Kop and became the daddy of all tipsters.
The Derby could well have been called the Bunbury as in 1779 Sir Charles Bunbury and the Earl of Derby wanted a race named after them and tossed a coin. The Earl called correctly and the rest is history.
The first Oaks which is named after the Earls home was run in 1779 and won by his filly Bridget and the first Derby a year later which was won by Diomed who happened to be owned by the loser of the coin tossing Sir Charles Bunbury.
As I jump into my Tardis and head to the the present day I find this years race a bit of a puzzle with Australia looking the most likely winner but at odds that are not value so a bit of each way value might be the answer.
The deciding factor could well be the weather with rain forecast on and off during the week and many of the principals wanting fast ground.
So one that caught my eye is Ebanoran who is owned by the Aga Khan and trained by John Oxx. The Aga Khan who is Iman and spiritual leader to 15 million Muslims around the World has won many Derbys in his time the most famous being when Shergar romped away with the Classic in dramatic style.
Now Ebanoran is no Shergar but he did win his trial in Ireland only to be disqualified for veering off a straight line so I believe we have a horse in good form.
Also the Aga Khan who fell out with the British racing authorities many years ago never sends horses to these shores unless he feels they are in with chances and at 16/1 that’s my value in the race.
On the tipping front yesterday was a massive winning day for Bankers Bonus with King Torus going in @ 12/1 and Elizabeth Coffee @ 4/1. Two singles and the famous each way double.
Well that will give The Don, Andy Bell and the rest of the tipsters something to aim at this month. I’m sure even Prince Monolulu would have been proud of that sort of tipping.
As for today’s Howies Hottie I have to admit it was tough so I’m going to put up one at Southwell on the fibresand in the 3.00. The tip is Inkerman a recent inmate to the Jamie Osborne stable from Ireland.
He ran well on his British debut last month and if this prominent racer takes to the Southwell sand surface he will take plenty of pegging back. The only drawback being he is very likely to be the jolly.
Solemn trainer M.Bradley – Very well handicapped but at his best over 5 furlongs.
Cloudscape trainer J.Gosden – Had a near impossible task trying to give weight to a horse who has run close up behind Toast Of Newyork who was going for the Derby until the rains arrived.
Bremner trainer H.Palmer – Ran in the same race as Cloudscape but is one to be with when he runs over longer trips.
Dont Bother Me trainer M.Botti – Noted finishing strongly over 6 furlongs so a step up in trip should suit.
Burwaaz trainer E.Dunlop – The yard are just over a bug and this horse could be well handicapped and needed his race last week.
Six Of Hearts trainer C.Ross – Old timer who finished well from a poor draw last week at Naas. Watch out for him in Ireland.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.