Epsom Friday racing tips – Day one best bets and tips through the card

Epsom Friday racing tips on day one of the Derby Festival

Some top-class horse racing action on the flat takes place on Friday at Epsom as the Derby Festival gets underway. We’ve picked out our Epsom Friday racing tips through the card.

Friday sees the first day of the top-class Cazoo Derby Festival get underway where a seven-race card awaits punters on day one with the Group One Cazoo Oaks the feature race of the day with the fillies’ Classic dominating the card.

There is also further Group One action with the Coronation Cup on the card as well as some Listed and handicap action on a quality racecard at the Surrey venue where Ed Chamberlain and the ITV Racing team will be on hand with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the best of the action.

The ITV Racing cameras will have five of the day’s seven races on the card on their live TV schedule and we’ve picked out our Epsom Friday racing tips through the card.

ITV Racing live TV races: 2:00, 2:35, 3:10, 3:45, 4:30


2:00 Epsom – Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes (Conditions Race) (GBB Race) Cl2 (2yo) 6f

A few promising sorts on show and it might be worth chancing OSCULA to take the step up in class in her stride having shown an undulating track to be no hindrance when impressively scoring at Brighton eleven days ago.

George Boughey’s two-year olds have been doing little wrong this term and the Galileo Gold filly stepped up on a promising debut at Kempton to run out a ready winner latest, scoring by almost two lengths from Dashing Rat under his promising rider.

This is much tougher but he gave the impression that there was more in the locker to come and while his jockey can’t claim on this occasion it may not make much difference with further improvement likely for his in-form yard.

Epsom Friday racing tips. Mostawaa could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.

Epsom Friday racing tips. Mostawaa could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.

2:35 Epsom – Coral ‘Beaten By A Length’ Free Bet Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m½f

MOSTAWAA ran a series of good races last term, winning twice and making the frame on a number of other occasions and Heather Main’s charge could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways after a trio of solid runs this term.

A winner at Haydock and Kempton last term the Poet’s Voice gelding has returned to make the frame on all three starts including twice being denied by less than one length at Doncaster and Ascot and latterly when fourth to Kynren at York in the Hambleton Handicap.

He set a fierce pace on the Knavesmire but kept on well once headed and only weakened into fourth late on; he’s been kept on the same mark and that race has thrown up a subsequent winner. He’s also reunited here with Martin Dwyer who was on board when he last won so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him in the mix once more from the front.

3:10 Epsom – Coral Coronation Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f

Pyledriver didn’t appear to handle the track here in last year’s Derby but that isn’t an argument that can be leveled at JAPAN who went down only by a half-length in the 2019 Epsom Derby during a season that saw him win three times which included a brace of Group Ones.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge had a disappointing campaign last term but he did campaign mostly over ten furlongs which was surely too sharp for the son of Galileo who bounced back to winning form faced with a much stiffer test of stamina at Chester last month in the Ormonde Stakes.

He beat Trueshan on that occasion, scoring by three-parts of a length but appearing to do the job readily and likely to be sharper for that run he can make his presence felt again here despite dropping back to twelve furlongs. Also proven around this undulating track he should prove a tough nut to crack and he can double his tally for the season.

Epsom Friday racing tips. Japan can win the Coronation Cup for Aidan O'Brien.

Epsom Friday racing tips. Japan can win the Coronation Cup for Aidan O’Brien.

3:45 Epsom – Cazoo Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m2f

SKY DEFENDER hasn’t won since taking this prize twelve months ago but Mark Johnston’s charge might be worth chancing to end his losing streak having run well here behind reopposing Victory Chime two starts back.

The Farhh entire is one of two for the yard, winning this from 5lbs lower twelve months ago and largely running well in defeat thereafter in valuable handicaps and in Pattern company when tried in a Group Three.

He’s typically been kept busy this term and he was beaten just over one length by Ralph Beckett’s charge on his return to turf over this course and distance where he was giving the winner 6lbs. He may have failed to get home over further at Newmarket next time and possibly felt the run coming too soon so he’ll be fresher now having had a month off.

He’s 4lbs better off with Victory Chime here which may help him turn the tables in this latest encounter with that one if he can run up to his best with the form of his last run having been franked.

4:30 Epsom – Cazoo Oaks (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f

ZEYAADAH lost her unbeaten record when denied by reopposing Dubai Fountain in the Cheshire Oaks last term but Roger Varian’s charge can overturn that form here and could resume winning ways.

The Tamayuz filly had won all three starts as a juvenile but took a big step forward on her return on the Roodeye where she was giving the winner 3lbs when beaten just one length having perhaps just been given too much to do and allowing the winner first run.

She stayed on well however and there could be more to come with that outing under her belt given it was her first start in six months. That argument could also be applied to Mark Johnston’s charge but that one isn’t certain to replicate that form on worse terms and she arguably had the run of the race with that Chester win.

This long straight could suit the Varian runner better and she looks set for a bold bid here.

Epsom Friday racing tips. Zeyaadah and Dubai Fountail renew Chester rivalry in the Epsom Oaks.

Epsom Friday racing tips. Zeyaadah and Dubai Fountail renew Chester rivalry in the Epsom Oaks.

5:10 Epsom – Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Surrey Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 7f

MYSTERY SMILES won his first two starts last term before progressing to Group company where the Mehmas colt placed both times in the Gimcrack and Sirenia Stakes at York and Kempton respectively.

Andrew Balding’s charge ran well on his reappearance at Newmarket in April when finishing third in the Craven before contesting the 2000 Guineas where he failed to land a blow although he could easily bounce back here faced with a less demanding assignment.

That Craven Stakes form is strong with the winner going on to almost land the first Classic of the season while a subsequent winner was behind; he didn’t aid his Classic hopes by missing the break so there could still be more to come from him even if he doesn’t prove quite up to the top level.

This is certainly easier than that Newmarket assignment last time and a first-time visor could pull out some more improvement so no surprise if he were to go well here.

5:40 Epsom – Cazoo Derby Festival Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 7f

It could be worth chancing ARIGATO to get back to winning ways having been dropped to his last successful mark and William Jarvis’ charge shaped well on his recent reappearance at Newmarket last month when finishing fifth to Ametist.

The Poet’s Voice gelding enjoyed a good spell in the first couple of months of last campaign, winning twice at Newmarket which included off this mark before running a very creditable fourth off 92 in the Bunbury Cup where he was beaten four lengths.

He went off the boil thereafter, but he shaped as if he retained all his ability in that recent reappearance where he was beaten three lengths and he should be sharper now for that run.

Now he’s back on his last winning mark he could step up for that reappearance just has he did twelve months ago and he’s proven here having won at this venue in the past as well as make the frame twice so he could go well at a decent each-way price.