Epsom Day One Preview - 04/06/21

Epsom - June 03 2021
Epsom 13:00
4(4)
William Buick

Flaming Rib

J:
 
William Buick
T:
 
Tom Dascombe
Age: 2
Weight: 9-5
OR: N/A
Days: 28

The first event of the day at Epsom is the six furlong Woodcote Stakes and the horse that takes the eye is the beautifully bred Flaming Rib.

The two year old colt has been seen twice to date, finishing third on debut in a 5f Novice Stakes at Ripon, but improved markedly from that to score well last time out at Nottingham.

The son of smart miler Ribchester looks to be a big player on figures alone, and having drifted left last time out and still won a taking manor makes even more of a threat if cutting that out.

William Buick takes the ride and he has been in fine form this season to date.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/03/24LIN6St9-1210
26/08/23NMK6Gd9-37
24/06/23ASC6GF9-917
30/04/23SHA6Gd9-07
25/03/23MEY6Gd9-511
Epsom - June 03 2021
Epsom 13:35
4(8)
Tom Marquand

Irish Admiral

J:
 
Tom Marquand
T:
 
William Haggas
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 96
Days: 21

One of our best bets of the day comes in the Class 2 over 1m 1/2f with Irish Admiral for William Haggas potentially being a class above this field on a mark of 96.

The four year old ran nicely on both occasions as a juvenile, winning at Dundalk for trainer John Feane on debut and then backed that up in Listed company at Leopardstown when a good third.

Moved over to Haggas this season the gelding got back to winning ways in a Novice Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Wolves.

He was then last seen stepping up in trip at York over 1m2f and finishing a fair third behind Surrey Pride, making headway from the rear but being outstayed close home.

Irish Admiral drops back to his preferred trip today off only 1lb higher than his last winning mark and it would be a surprise to not see him involved.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
23/06/22NCS8St/Slw9-33
16/04/22NBY8Gd9-111
26/03/22DON8GS8-134
25/09/21NMK9GF8-1315
28/08/21RED8GF9-61
Epsom - June 03 2021
Epsom 14:10
1(1)
Jim Crowley

Al Aasy

J:
 
Jim Crowley
T:
 
William Haggas
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 119
Days: 20

The first big event of the day is the Group One Coronation Cup over 1m4f and it could be a good day at Epsom for William Haggas with Al Aasy offering leading claims in this race.

The four year old last year showed serious ability when winning back to back races at Newmarket over 12 and 13 furlongs, but went to Glorious Goodwood after that and flopped.

Many might have given up on the Sea The Stars colt after that, but on seasonal debut he stepped up for the Group Three Surprise Stakes over course and distance and ran out a very easy 4 1/2 lengths winner.

Sent into the Group Three Al Rayyan Stakes over 1m4f at Newbury last time out, he could not have been an easy winner of the race, cruising to the front and demolishing a field on the bridle that included St Leger winner Logician and Dante Stakes winner Thunderous.

It was arguably one of the performances of the season and if being able to reproduce it in Group One company, he looks the horse to beat.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/09/23LEO12Gd9-122
12/08/23HAY10.5GS9-71
22/07/23NBY10Gd9-81
01/07/23NMK12Gd9-55
07/05/22ASC12Gd9-21
Epsom - June 03 2021
Epsom 14:45
4(9)
Oisin Murphy

Blue Cup

J:
 
Oisin Murphy
T:
 
David Menuisier
Age: 5
Weight: 8-12
OR: 92
Days: 21

The Cazoo Handicap over 1m2f sees one of the most competitive races of the day with all the horses sharing similar ability, but Blue Cup for David Menuisier takes the eye.

The five year old four starts ago won a superb handicap on quick ground at Epsom off a mark of 77 and was then sent to France on softer ground and did not handle it as well.

He returned this season over course and distance and finished a close up fifth behind the likes of Victory Chime and Sky Defender.

Although needing to reverse the form with these two, he is much better off in the weights on Friday than he was when last facing them.

The gelding has been seen once more since that run and he was a midfield seventh of 12 in a decent handicap at York, with that race looking to be full of nice horses.

Running off 1lb lower now on a mark of 92 makes him interesting and he should not be far away.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/08/21YOR14Gd9-820
17/07/21NBY10GF9-68
15/06/21ASC10GF9-34
04/06/21EPS10GS8-121
14/05/21YOR10.5Gd9-07
Epsom - June 03 2021
Epsom 15:30
14(1)
Jim Crowley

Zeyaadah

J:
 
Jim Crowley
T:
 
Roger Varian
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 105
Days: 30

The feature event of the day on day one of the Epsom Derby meeting is the Group One Oaks over 1m4f for Fillies' and Zeyaadah for Roger Varian looks the value.

The three year old daughter of Tamyuz looks a very classy individual having four starts to date, winning her first three as a juvenile last term and came back this season with a smart opening run.

She made her debut back in August at Chelmsford over a mile and was a smart winner of the event, backing that up next time out on her turf debut at Beverley in a Fillies' Novice Stakes.

On her final run as a juvenile she landed a hat-trick of wins when taking the Listed Montrose Fillies' Stakes on heavy ground, showing she can win in all types of ground and conditions.

Back for her three year old campaign she made her seasonal bow at Chester in the Listed Cheshire Oaks over 1m 3 1/2f and revelled in the new trip to just be narrowly beaten by Dubai Fountain.

What was impressive was the way she was staying on near the finish, with the winner just getting the early run round the bend at Chester.

She is certain to come on for that run and at 5/1, being proven on all ground, she looks a solid each way player for the inform Roger Varian.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/08/21DEA10Sft9-06
29/07/21GOO10GS8-122
25/06/21NCS10St8-71
04/06/21EPS12GS9-013
05/05/21CHS11.5GS9-32
Epsom - June 03 2021
Epsom 16:10
5(7)
NON-RUNNER

Run To Freedom

J:
 
NON-RUNNER
T:
 
Henry Candy
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 88
Days: 177

The penultimate event of the afternoon is the Listed Surrey Stakes over seven furlongs and at a price the horse that we fancy is Run To Freedom for Henry Candy.

The three year old has only been seen three times and all of his runs came last term as a juvenile, starting over 7f at Newbury when looking to learn from his first experience.

He did just this when running next time out and finishing a good second at Kempton over 7f and then he was last seen getting off the mark over the same course and distance.

The form of his win in December is superb, with the second Highland Avenue since winning three times including in Listed company, with the third and fifth also going on to win since.

At 14/1 he represents big each way value.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/10/23ASC6Sft9-45
09/09/23HAY6Gd9-511
15/07/23NMK6GS9-82
24/06/23ASC6GF9-59
27/05/23SAL6GF9-71
Epsom - June 03 2021
Epsom 16:40
9(7)
Silvestre De Sousa

Dulas

J:
 
Silvestre De Sousa
T:
 
Charles Hills
Age: 4
Weight: 8-13
OR: 85
Days: 14

The final runner for us on day one at Epsom comes in the Class 2 Derby Festival Handicap over 7f and Dulas for Charles Hills looks tough to beat on current form.

The four year old has been a transformed horse in 2021starting the season off at Haydock on quick ground over 7f and finishing a good second to stablemate Persuasion.

Since then the gelding went to Chester over the same trip and finished another good second behind Grove Ferry, with the third placed horse Kynren since coming out and winning a valuable handicap at York.

Dulas also franked the form of that race when getting off the mark for the season last time out at Goodwood and only up 2lb in the handicap for that win makes him dangerous once more.

Consistent type this term.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/09/21NBY7Gd9-63
26/08/21LIN7.5GF9-54
29/07/21NCS7St/Slw9-08
09/07/21NMK7GF9-78
24/06/21NMK7GF9-44