Lucky 15 Tips for Saturday’s ITV Racing at Epsom – Oaks & Derby Betting Tips Included
In this strange year, the Epsom Derby and Oaks are set to be staged a month later than scheduled and with the absence of some form arising from several usual trials.
Both races are still competitive on Saturday, and the main contenders are analysed alongside a Listed and Group 3 event from the same meeting. Where normally the Epsom Downs are thronging with spectators, there will be no fans allowed on the racecourse, but all four races are set to be televised on ITV.
Investec Surrey Stakes – 2.25 Epsom
Safe Voyage is expected to start favourite for this 7f Listed event and he produced a decent effort when a narrow second earlier last month in a similar event at Haydock. He does tend to be a specialist at that course where he won a Group 3 contest last season, but the 7-year-old has not raced at Epsom.
Among the opposition will be Daarik from the John Gosden stable and he has winning form on the all-weather tracks but produced a poor recent effort at Ascot. Shine So Bright could also be involved after a winning a Group 3 race over 7f last season at York when receiving weight from Laurens. His latest performance was not great but he ran well on the Goodwood undulations two seasons previously.
Another challenger to note is Oh This Is Us who was second at Group 3 level behind Zaaki at this course last season and he may be better for a fifth-place effort last month at Newmarket.
OH THIS IS US (win) – 15/2.
Investec Oaks – 3.40 Epsom
After an impressive performance when winning the 1,000 Guineas, Love was immediately installed as favourite for this 1m4f contest. Yet the Aidan O’Brien filly won just three of seven races last season and may not be too reliable.
She will be opposed in this contest by Frankly Darling who won more easily than the two-lengths margin suggests when winning the near 1m4f Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot. An easy winner of a Newcastle maiden during early June, she once again meets Ascot runner-up Ennistymon who may have a problem reversing that form.
There is the strong possibility that Gold Wand could also be a threat despite showing signs of temperament when comfortably scoring in a 1m2f Newbury maiden last month.
FRANKLY DARLING (win) – 2/1.
Princess Elizabeth Stakes – 4.15 Epsom
There are several lively contenders in a small field for this Group 3 race staged over an extended one mile. Unbeaten in two starts, the Roger Varian trained Fooraat was an impressive seven lengths winner of a low-grade race at Chelmsford last month. This race will be much tougher but she could be an improver.
Love and Thunder was another winner last time in a similar low-key event while Cloak Of Spirits is more experienced having finished second in the 1,000 Guineas among other reasonable Group race efforts. She could only finish fifth in the Ascot Coronation Stakes but this should be an easier contest.
Summer Romance was much further behind in the 1,000 Guineas as was Rose Of Kildare while Onassis is stepping up from handicap company.
CLOAK OF SPIRITS (win) – 2/1.
Investec Derby – 4.55 Epsom
Before the lockdown, English King hadn’t really been considered as a major Derby contender. He had comfortably won his second race at Newcastle during November but his performance when winning the Lingfield trial was impressive, especially in the way he quickened clear at the finish. This son of Camelot should be a leading player for trainer Ed Walker.
In opposition will be the 2,000 Guineas victor Kameko who proved that his Group 1 Futurity win at Newcastle back in November was no fluke. He had been very narrowly beaten in two prior races before that Newcastle success, while his sire was a winner over this distance at Belmont in the USA.
This distance should prove no problem for Pyledriver who beat Arthur’s Kingdom at Ascot but the runner-up proved to be a disappointment in the Irish Derby.
Among the Irish challengers in this contest will be several from the Aidan O’Brien yard. Mogul was an odds-on favourite to beat Pyledriver at Ascot and while he will have greatly benefited from that outing, he was beaten by Kameko at Newcastle last season when he was third of the O’Brien colts. Of more interest from the Ballydoyle stables may be Vatican City.
Runner-up to Siskin in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, this son of Galileo finished strongly in that race to be best of several useful contenders from the same stable. A winner of a Dundalk maiden back in October, he should not be ignored as is the case with Ascot Group 3 winner Russian Emperor who benefited from racing second at Leopardstown just a week before that contest.
Another horse worth considering may be Worthily from the John Gosden yard. A winner of his only race when scoring by two lengths at Newbury last month, he could surprise some of the more fancied challengers.
KAMEKO (win) – 5/1.
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