Epsom Saturday tips – Best bets through the card on Epsom Derby day
Epsom Saturday tips on Derby Day
Another top-class day of horse racing action goes to post on Saturday at Epson where it is Derby Day! We’ve picked out our Epsom Saturday tips for the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival!
After a cracking first day of horse racing action on day one of the Epsom Derby Festival we head into the second day on Saturday where the colts’ Classic dominates another top quality racecard on the Epsom Downs.
The ITV Racing cameras will be focussed solely on the action from the Surrey track with five of the seven races on the card being shown live and Ed Chamberlain and the team will return with all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s racing.
Meanwhile we’ve looked over the Saturday racecard to pick out our Epsom Saturday tips on day two of the Derby Festival and give our best bets through the card.
EPSOM SATURDAY TIPS – BEST BETS THROUGH THE CARD ON DERBY DAY
2:00 Epsom – World Pool At The tote Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m2f
PATIENT DREAM brings course-winning form to the table and the Al Kazeem gelding can follow up his recent win on his reappearance.
Ralph Beckett’s charge finished fourth behind the useful Gear Up on his debut at York last term before getting off the mark at the second attempt with a win at Lingfield. He wasn’t quite so good in subsequent starts at Doncaster however although he did race keenly on the second run there when fourth to Heights Of Abraham.
There was a lot to like about the way he readily struck on his reappearance here in April over one mile when beating Coul Kat and that form has since seen the runner-up, third and fourth horses all winning since along with the sixth and eighth horses home so the form looks strong and he could improve further for this step up in trip.
A 7lbs rise in the weights does demand a bit more from him, but he is open to plenty of further progress and ability to handle this undulating track is a bonus so it would be no surprise to see him involved.
2:35 Epsom – Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Cazoo) (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m½f
STATEMENT possibly just found the competition too much when finishing eighth in the 1000 Guineas, but Martyn Meade’s charge had found only Alcohol Free too good on her reappearance at Newbury the time before in the Fred Darling Stakes and the Lawman filly can get back to winning ways here.
A Newbury winner last term in heavy ground he has shown no issue on the quicker ground this term and she’s still relatively unexposed after her two runs so far.
She raced keenly at Newmarket in the fillies’ Classic which wouldn’t have helped her chances and she’s capable of better so could be worth chancing to bounce back returned to a more suitable grade.
3:10 Epsom – Cazoo Diomed Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m½f
CENTURY DREAM has a real affinity with this race, winning it in 2018 here and again in 2020 when held at Newbury and Simon Crisford’s charge can make it a hat-trick of victories in the race.
The Cape Cross entire also won the Celebration Mile at Goodwood in August, readily seeing off Sir Busker by four lengths although he failed to land a blow in subsequent starts and probably needed his return in the Lockinge Stakes last month where he beat only two home.
That was quite an underwhelming effort on his reappearance where he raced keenly but the effort ought to have brought him on and he can do better with that under his belt. With proven ability to handle this track he could go close for an in-form operation and with James Doyle in the saddle who has steered him to two of his most recent successes.
3:45 Epsom – World Pool “Dash” Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 5f
This is likely to be a furiously run affair down the quickest five furlongs in the world and COPPER KNIGHT can get back to winning ways having been running well this term.
Tim Easterby’s charge won at York in May when narrowly beating Mulzim by a half-length, racing prominently and keeping on well for the win which was followed up by a very creditable fifth back on the Knavesmire latest where he went well for a long way before fading in the softer ground.
This better surface is no issue and his prominent racing style is well-suited to this fast five furlongs test although there’s certainly no shortage of pace on in this contest with a number of trailblazers in opposition.
A high draw here can often be an advantage in this quick dash and he races from the number 16 stall and he can get competitive here if carrying on his good recent form.
4:30 Epsom – Cazoo Derby (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Entire Colts & Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f
Bolshoi Ballet has done everything right this term and deservedly heads the betting as he bids to give Aidan O’Brien yet another win in this race and it is significant that he is the Ballydoyle maestro’s only runner.
However it was hard not to be impressed by THIRD REALM when the Sea The Stars colt won the recent Lingfield Derby Trial which has been a useful pointer to this race in the past few seasons and the ability to handle that venue often augurs well here with the two tracks quite similar in design.
Roger Varian’s charge had made a very good impression the time before when getting off the mark on the back of a five month absence at Nottingham, winning comfortably and while that form is nothing special he took a big step up to score readily at Lingfield next time.
That probably wasn’t the greatest renewal of that Trial race, but he did the job very well having briefly been tapped for speed and once he got to the front he quickened up well to run out a comfortable winner with the victory hinting at better to come.
This will certainly ask more of him but big priced winners aren’t uncommon in this colts’ Classic and if the return to quicker ground doesn’t hinder – won on good to firm at Nottingham – then he could go close with further improvement anticipated.
5:15 Epsom – Northern Dancer Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
SOTO SIZZLER has won two of his three starts over this course and distance and the Mastercraftsman gelding made the frame when beaten here in April where he was giving 10lbs to the reopposing Group One Power.
David Menuisier’s charge possibly found the longer trip against him next time at Newmarket, fading to finish last of seven having gone for home a good way out.
He could yet do better here back over this course and distance and he’s better off at the weights with Andrew Balding’s rival as the pair clash again. That one has been beaten since however at Ascot although this better ground will suit both horses.
He should get more of a lead this time which could also show him in a better light and it would be no surprise to see him more competitive this time around at a venue which clearly suits him well.
5:50 Epsom – Cazoo Handicap (For the Tokyo Trophy) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
It might be worth chancing ABERAMA GOLD can overturn recent form with reopposing Lexington Dash from their May encounter at Doncaster where the latter came out on top by two lengths.
Keith Dalgleish’s charge had been in decent form on the all-weather over the winter, winning twice and going close in a Wolverhampton handicap behind Venturous before finishing a creditable fourth to Summerghand in the All-weather Sprint Final at Lingfield.
The selection was giving Richard Hannon’s charge 7lbs when coming off second best on his return to turf and he wasn’t disgraced latest when finishing eighth behind Mr Lupton latest at York.
First-time cheekpieces could help him find a bit more and he is 6lbs better off with his old Doncaster rival this time around so he could be capable of turning the tables here if bouncing back to something like his best form.