ITV Racing Tips – Our picks for all five ITV races at Epsom on Friday

Simon Cowell is interviewed by ITV racing during day two of the Cazoo Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse. Picture date: Saturday June 5, 2021.Simon Cowell is interviewed by ITV racing during day two of the Cazoo Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse. Picture date: Saturday June 5, 2021.

ITV Racing Tips on Friday, June 3rd

Big day of racing ahead at Epsom! ITV are broadcasting five live races on Friday afternoon from Epsom, including both of the Group 1’s – the Coronation Cup and the Epsom Oaks. We’ve picked out our selection for each of those races. Check those out below, alongside today’s best bets – which are free to view on site now.


Self Praise (2:00 Epsom – Woodcote British EBF Stakes)

We start things off with SELF PRAISE, who looks a huge price to land the opener. Hugo Palmer’s colt has caught the eye on both runs so far, and this could be the time to see him land a much-deserved win.

He was a big eye-catcher on debut, having been slowly into stride but kept on to finish a close-up fourth. The winner that day (Lady Bullet) has since gone out and followed up, with victory at Ripon last month. 

Self Praise then stepped up to Class 2 company, again running well to finish second behind Democracy Dilemma. He finished ahead of the reopposing Blatant that day (who has since come out and won), and is now 5lb better off with his rival this time. 

His pedigree suggests the step up in trip should suit him, and we think he looks excellent each-way value, with every possibility he can win this.

Hugo Palmer, trainer

Hugo Palmer looks to have a solid chance in the opener with Self Praise.


Excel Power (2:35 Epsom – World Pool Handicap)

It’s easy to see why EXCEL POWER is towards the head of the betting. He’s won both races this season, and there’s no reason why he can’t land the hat-trick here.

He made his seasonal reappearance at Haydock back in April, running out a shock 20/1 winner, comfortably beating the reopposing Fantastic Fox in the process. Next time out he was sent off as favourite at Windsor, and duly followed up in some style, finishing well clear of the rest.

Hollie Doyle was on board for both victories this season, and has ridden him in five of his six career victories. She’s booked for the ride again and everything points towards another bold bid.

Jockey Hollie Doyle at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey. Picture date: Friday February 4, 2022.

Hollie Doyle can steer Excel Power to another victory on Friday.


Pyledriver (3:10 Epsom – Coronation Cup)

William Muir & Chris Grassick’s PYLEDRIVER won this last year, and that was arguably a stronger renewal, so he can follow up and make it back-to-back victories here.

He’s the only Group 1 winner in the field this time around, and has a record over this distance of 1012124, with the fourth in another Group 1 on reappearance this year over in Meydan. Just in the UK his record over this trip reads 10121, with the only poor performance coming in the Epsom Derby back in 2019.

He tends to perform best in smaller fields, so this six-runner field should suit him perfectly. His biggest challenge looks set to come from A P O’Brien’s High Definition, but he hasn’t won for over 18 months now, so Pyledriver is a confident pick to retain his crown here.

Pyledriver ridden by jockey Martin Dwyer (right) wins The Coral Coronation Cup from Al Aasy ridden by jockey Jim Crowley during day one of the Cazoo Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse. Picture date: Friday June 4, 2021.

Pyledriver can make it back-to-back victories in the Coronation Cup.


Cap Francais (3:45 Epsom – Cazoo Handicap)

Ian William’s CAP FRANCAIS looks excellent value in this. The Frankel gelding has started 2022 in top form, and with top jockey William Buick booked for the ride he looks to have a fantastic chance.

He made a winning start to 2022, beating some decent rivals over nine furlongs, including Turntable, Notre Bella Bete and Dhahabi. He was unlucky not to follow up next time out, finishing a length behind Baryshnikov despite being top weight and making a slow start.

He impressed on his sole visit to Epsom back in 2019, finishing second in the Listed Blue Riband Trial behind Cape Of Good Hope (who has since been a Group 1 winner in Australia). He tends to come good at this time of year and we’re backing him to maintain his solid start to 2022 with another win here.

Cap Francais ridden by jockey James Doyle wins the Betfair Daily Rewards Suffolk Handicap on day two of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket. Picture date: Saturday April 30, 2022.

Cap Francais is another at a big price we’re keen on at Epsom on Friday.


Emily Upjohn (4:30 Epsom – Epsom Oaks)

Team Gosden have won two of the last five renewals of the race and they have a solid chance of making that 3/6 with EMILY UPJOHNA deserved favourite, their unbeaten star has looked a superstar in the making in her three wins so far.

After just doing enough to win on debut, she hasn’t had a rival come close to her in her two races since. Her demolition job in the Musidora Stakes at York was hugely impressive, and a repeat of that performance should be enough to land her a Group 1 victory at the first time of asking.

The step up in trip shouldn’t be any concern, as she has seemed to get better the further she goes. Frankie Dettori is booked to ride her again, and having won three of the last five renewals of the Oaks, she couldn’t be in better hands. With a plum draw in stall 5, providing she settles well at the start, she should take all the beating in this.

Emily Upjohn ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori (left) on their way to winning the Nordoff Robbins Charlie Watts Memorial Fillies' Novice Stakes at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2022.

Emily Upjohn is a confident pick for the 2022 Epsom Oaks.