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Saturday’s racing tips - 8/1 NAP can spring surprise in Epsom opener

Jonathan Vine 31 May 2019
The Trader (third left, red and grey) finishing nicely in the London Gold Cup at Newbury.

Our expert takes a look through all the races taking place on Derby day at Epsom and selects an overlooked challenger in the opening handicap as his NAP of the day with Unibet.

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2:00pm Investec Private Banking Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f



Mark Johnston will fire three arrows at this opening handicap, with Nayef Road dropping back into handicap company after a decent effort in the Dante. Ryan Moore’s mount will be giving some talented horses a huge stack of weight tomorrow afternoon and the one who catches my eye is his stablemate THE TRADER, who has impressed since stepping up in trip and looks significantly overpriced.

After storming to two impressive novice victories last summer, The Trader came up short on his first start in Listed company, finishing fourth as Bointron won the Denford Stakes. Following a strong second behind Fox Premier in a hot handicap on the all-weather on his reappearance, Johnston threw The Trader into the London Gold Cup at Newbury.

Despite drifting out to 33/1 before the off, this son of Mastercraftsman gave an excellent account of himself that day, running on strongly to finish fifth, just four-and-a-half-lengths behind impressive winner Headman. That race is notorious for producing future winners and The Trader will carry eight pounds less on his back today than he did that afternoon at Newbury. 

Silvestre De Sousa’s mount looks a well-balanced sort who should deal with the challenges poses by this tricky track. Being drawn out in stall nine shouldn’t pose a problem either. 8/1 looks massive to me!


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