Lewis Jones looks ahead to the Epsom Derby and gives us the lowdown on all the key contenders. Plus, he’s put up a selection for you all to ponder….
Australia – Best Price 15/8
Bred to be a superstar and has been showing the right signs that he is one following a strong staying on third in the 2000 Guineas. Aidan O’Brien has called him the best he’s ever trained but there are doubts that make taking that short price very risky indeed. For a more in depth view of his chances click here to read an article which was published earlier in the week.
Geoffrey Chaucer – Best Price 7/1
The O’Brien second string has Ryan Moore on board and the same combo won this race last season with Ruler Of The World. Been the subject of some huge market support over the past week with rumours doing the rounds that he floored Australia in a racecourse gallop. That all could be pie in the sky but he deserves respect after finding plenty of trouble in the Derrinstown Trial when he was third behind Fascinating Rock.
Kingston Hill – Best Price 8/1
Finished last season romping away with the Racing Post Trophy on soft ground and will relish every drop of rain that falls today. Looked a bit slow when getting caught out when the pace quickened in the 2000 Guineas but today’s race variables will be more up his street.
Fascinating Rock – Best Price 12/1
Breeding would suggest he’s a doubtful stayer but his last two wins (held up and delivered late) suggest that the trip should be fine. Won the Derrinstown in the stewards room after powering late and being hampered in the finish. Rain shouldn’t be an issue and will surely be in the mix for his master trainer Dermot Weld
True Story – Best Price 14/1
Needs to regain the sparkle that saw him win the Fielden Stakes by nine lengths. Looked very one paced in the Dante but the form of that race has been franked by The Grey Gatsby, who won the French Derby.
Western Hymn – Best Price 16/1
A high-class colt who is the only unbeaten horse in the field after showing remarkable sectionals at Kempton before beating subsequent Lingfield Derby Trial winner Snow Sky at Newbury. He looked uncomfortable on heavy ground at Sandown but still won despite not having his conditions. William Buick has chosen him over Romsdal.
Australia is easily opposable at the head of the market but stablemate Geoffrey Chaucer needs respecting as does Fascinating Rock. Despite not looking entirely straightforward, Western Hymn has Derby winner stamped all over him in my eyes. He’s a strong traveller and has a devilish turn of foot. He’s the bet at 16/1. Get on with two point each-way stakes.
Profit and Loss Record Staked: 351pts Returned: 454.87pts P/L: +103.87pts
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