Day 2 of the Epsom Derby meeting and it’s the big one; The Investec Derby!
I have 2 races under scrutiny today for you lot but before I give you the guide it’s well worth taking a look back at yesterday’s proceedings.
We started with Diomed Stakes and our fate was known on Producer before he even entered the stalls as it looked for all money that he wouldn’t go in and was being unusually mule-ish. He did eventually load in the stalls but the amount of energy used up behind the stalls probably lost him his race, it was also far from ideal that Hughes made a scoot for home as they turned Tattenham Corner, an odd move and ultimately the horse petered out to be a 4 length 4th. The other horse on the short-list, Penitent, ran a solid race in 2nd.
The Investec Mile, although not nailing the winner, actually turned out to be a really solid race for the guide.
Here is how the short-list fared…
HI THERE – 8th at 8-1
OCEAN TEMPEST – 3rd at 10/1
LEVITATE – 4th at 8/1
BENZANNO – 5th at 15/2
LORD OF THE SHADOWS – 2nd at 16/1
Lord Of The Shadows only went down by 1/2 a length in the end and met trouble in-running 2f out and also stumbled slightly 1f out. It may not have been the difference between winning and losing but it’s worth noting and the run did at least back up my notion he is very well handicapped on old form.
The Oaks was the 3rd race for us and it was a bit like Chester Cup deja bloody vu for me! 4 on the short-list, I went for 2 of them, the other 2 finished 1st & 2nd!! The consolation being that the figures were spot-on, the downside being that my bank-balance does not reflect it!
Here is how the short-list fared…
LIBER NAUTICUS – 5th at 4-1
TALENT – 1st at 20/1 (BFSP 26.61)
BANOFFEE – 7th at 7/1
SECRET GESTURE – 2nd at 3/1
The other consolation being that I know some of you profited from the figures, so well done if you went with Talent 🙂
In the end the guide performed really well and I’m more than happy with how the figures panned out.
On to today and we start with the fiendishly tricky Epsom Dash. The pace looks to be coming from all over the track and although the low numbers hold the real speedsters there are enough up the top end to make it an even spread. Regardless of the result I’ll be reviewing the race closely to see if there were any hard luck stories from a draw/pace angle and will be reporting back next week.
The Derby is our 2nd race and the big question is about Dawn Approach’s stamina. To me the real question isn’t ‘Does Dawn Approach have enough stamina to see out the trip?’ but more ‘Are there other runners in the race who have stronger staying credentials than the favourite?’ and if yes ‘Does Dawn Approach have enough in the way of class to counteract the stronger stayers?’.
The answer isn’t a clear one to be honest. Yes, there are likely to be stronger stayers in the race. Yes, Dawn Approach looks to be head and shoulders above the others in terms of class. It may be enough to counteract the stronger stayers in a normal run race but we also have to factor in the Ballydoyle spoilers out front, who are sure to set off like their arse is on fire!. They have often made a muck up of the pace tactics in the past but they will get it spot on one day…
The truth is I can see a situation where Dawn Approach romps away with this race, however, there are enough questions marks and spoilers in there for me to look elsewhere at his current odds…
It is all in today’s guide, which you can download from the link below…
*Ocovango Dosage figures updated 11.30 am
As always you don’t have to side with me here, there is plenty of analysis in the guide that you can utilize into your own thoughts and workings.
Happy Derby day punting however you decide to put the guide to use.