Friday 2nd June, 2017

Off to the Epsom Oaks today and looking forward to a wonderful day of racing and hope the rain stays away.

Got into the Derby mood last night at the Twelve Club Derby Dinner at the Turf Club, as a guest of owner Steven Smith.  It was great to toast the Grand National winner with Lucinda Russell on the table.

I’ve never known a Derby quite so open and you could make a case for many of the runners.  I have had an each way bet on The Anvil, hoping that the horse can finish in the first three and can give her lady rider, Ana O’Brien – daughter of the trainer, the first female to be placed in an Epsom Derby.  It would be a great story for racing.