A fascinating Derby
Iron Horse jumped a bit deliberately in his second race over hurdles at Warwick last night.
Tom Bellamy blamed it on the softened ground as he has schooled very well on better ground recently. However he has jumped well on heavy ground before but in yesterday’s race, they quickened a fair bit from a mile out and he was outpaced before staying on turning for home.
Tom was not hard on him after the last and he will now have a bit of a holiday before coming back for the autumn.
With more rain due at Epsom, this year’s Derby looks a fascinating affair with the favourite, Saxon Warrior not guaranteed to like such a surface. There has been money for Young Rascal and Hazapour – who could be a topical winner with the forecast rain.
However as ever, I will be backing a Ballydoyle outsider or two to finish in the first three as it paid off last year. The Pentagon will apparently not like the ground, having disappointed on heavy going at Leopardstown in April.
However the ground will not be heavy on Saturday and this son of Galileo was only two and half lengths behind Saxon Warrior in last year’s Racing Post Trophy on good to soft. At 25-1 he might give us some fun.
I’ve also had a little wager on Kew Gardens who went into my notebook following his victory in the Zetland at Newmarket in October.
He beat Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee pretty easily that day over a mile and a quarter and it looks as though he is crying out for a trip and some cut in the ground, having won on soft as a two year old.
He finished second in the Lingfield Derby Trial but the ground was good to firm that day and he lost a shoe. At 33-1 he could just sneak a place.