The Epsom Derby takes centre stage tomorrow and we have significant Irish interest as usual with Aidan O’Brien supplying no less than six of the runners and son Joseph also weighing in with Rekindling. The formidable Coolmore contingent is headed by likely favourite Cliffs Of Moher, the choice of Ryan Moore, and he will be popular following his trial win at Chester. However, he doesn’t look to have beaten anything of note and will need to improve markedly.
Of the others Capri looks out of his depth here while Douglas Macarthur and The Anvil are surely only making up the numbers. Wings of Eagles was also beaten in his trial at Chester and the winner that day VENICE BEACH looks like he could seriously outrun his odds.
For me he was the most impressive trial winner over the past few weeks and seems to be improving at just the right time. A beautifully bred son of Galileo, out of a Danehill mare, he will relish this test of stamina and can give jockey Donnacha O’Brien the biggest win of his career to date.
Of the challengers, Best Solution won a dreadful Lingfield Derby Trial while Eminent was well beaten in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket behind Churchill and will surely be found lacking for stamina – a comment that also applies to Cracksman. John Gosden’s colt is by Frankel out of a Pivotal mare and seems highly unlikely to be crying out for this trip. The owner/trainer/jockey combination is to be hugely feared however following Golden Horn’s win in this race in 2015.
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