As usual we have our weekend preview with Saturday being Derby Day. As well as the action from Epsom we've also got racing coming from Musselburgh and Doncaster. Over the jumps we've got action from Hexham and Worcester and the evening racing comes from Chepstow with Lingfield on the All Weather
Our man #OddsKnows once again takes a look at the best of all the action here for you on The Cheeky Punts and don't forget to check out the #OddsKnows Nap which you can find here as well as all the latest from our days picks on our racing pages
We start as ever with the Money Back race on Skybet and one that I really like the look of which has already attracted a bit of money over the last day or so. Mrs Fitzherbert looks like she'll go off favourite for this one and I think she takes all the beating. She followed up a couple of wins on the all weather with a win at Goodwood LTO, beating Bashkirova who re-opposes today and I think she can confirm that running by following up with another win here today
The big handicap of the day is the Dash at 3.45pm, which is also the latest in the Dandinap Tipping competition. This looks set to be a fast and furious 5f sprint with 20 due to go to post and Skybet go 7 places on this one so its worth the each way plays. And the first of mine is Mokaatil who won this last year so looks sure to handle the conditions and comes from what I think will be a handy draw in stall 9. I suspect they will charge down the centre which brings in another of my picks here Tees Spirit. He comes here on seeking a hattrick having made all over 5f at Beverley LTO and looks like he may not yet be in the grips of the handicapper. In a race where you can make a case for a number of them I'm also going for a tentative vote on Dusky Lord who looks pretty unexposed still and shaped well when winning LTO at Newmarket.
Next its the big one, the Epsom Derby and it does look quite open. Desert Crown will go off favourite and looks a very smart horse but this is only his 3rd career start and we saw in the Oaks yesterday that it just takes one mistake to blow it. Stone Age heads a typically strong challenge for Aidan O'Brien who will be looking to make it a classics double but I actually think this could go the way of the famous Godolphin blue with Nations Pride who was supplemented for this (at a cost of £75k!) and has looked impressive rattling up 4 wins. He's got entries in a number of the big races this summer too so the Appleby team clearly have high hopes and the in-form Will Buick has chosen this one out of the Godolphin string.
And one of that string who may represent some each way value is Nahanni for last years winning jockey Adam Kirby, who like last year is on the so called '2nd string'. He won here over 10f but is the only runner in the race who boasts an Epsom win to his name so that course form could be telling. This Frankel colt shouldn't be underestimated and can certainly be in the mix.
For those who love the big price punts, I think you could do worse than Masekela although this is clearly a temperamental type, he was withdrawn in the Dante after failing to settle but the piece of form here that catches my eye is a 2nd to Native Trial in a G2 last year at Newmarket. He is up in trip today so could really be anything so as a purely speculative e/w punt, he could be worth a small cheeky bet with the extra places on offer here
On to Doncaster next for one of the supporting cards of the day and in the opener The Cola Kid has been knocking on the door of late and I think he will be thereabouts again today. Maple Jack would have been a danger for The Owners Group but is now a non runner so I think we've a good chance of at least a place in this one with our charge.
In the 1.56pm we've the 2 YO's and I was a little surprised to see jockey Rossa Ryan at Doncaster for the day and not Epsom but he can potentially land this one with Ti Amo Sempre. She shaped well enough on her racecourse debut at Ripon and can give the expensive Gosden filly Liftoff a real challenge on her debut
And in the 2.31pm its a tentative vote to Gift of Raaj who has run well this season so far with a win and two 3rd place finishes. He should be thereabouts again today and did have Sociologist behind him when winning at Catterick. Conditions shouldn't be an issue and this looks his best trip to me so he's worth siding with in this one
Up to Musselburgh next and we kick off here with the Scottish Sprint Cup over 5f and Makanah looks a worthy favourite here. He was a touch unlucky when finishing 2nd at York LTO but I think he can go one better here dropping back to a strong 5f and he should go on any ground that comes up
At 4.01pm I'm going with the runner for The Owners Group with Bridgetown who was well supported last time out but could only manage a 5th place spot at Beverley. He may have needed that run so this looks like a good opportunity to get one on the board for the Mauve colours and trainer Julie Camacho.
Cragside is another who disappointed last time but he can make amends here in the 4.41pm. He did show plenty of potential last season and had a very solid 2nd here a few weeks ago and the winner that day has since gone in again (at Ayr).
We do have a few meetings over the jumps today for those who love the NH although I'm sure all eyes will be on Epsom today. There could be a few decent wins to be had though and at Worcester I like Shentri in the 3.30pm and Brianna Rose in the 4.45pm. At Hexham I'm going for Motown Lake and to complete the set, Restitution in the 5.25pm is probably my best of the rest for the day.
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