Thursday 4th June, 2020

Great to have racing back and well done to all concerned for such a professional approach to the return.  Our sport has always been as responsible as any and proof of this has been the manner in which the sport has timed it’s come back.

As long as the virus stays contained, we have the prospect of a wonderful month of racing including the Guineas, Royal Ascot, the Derby and the Oaks.

Tom Segal from the Racing Post – Pricewise, has made his ante-post selections for the Epsom Classics.  Yesterday his Derby selections were the two O’Brien prospects, Mogul and Arthur’s Kingdom.

I agree going down the Ballydoyle route is always the best way at this time.  Aiden O’Brien has many bullets to fire and often there can be value in his charges as many an outsider have won or been placed in the Epsom Derby from the Irish yard.

Two such that are in my list of horses to follow for the season are Innisfree and Vatican City.  The former finished second to Kameko in a Newcastle Group One at the back end, staying on well at the finish.  He looks good value at 20-1, whilst Vatican City has the look of a dark horse having finished fifth on his debut at Newmarket running on behind the highly rated Kinross before easily winning a Dundalk maiden.  This beautifully bred Galileo colt looks the type to sneak a place in the Classic at 40-1.

Another horse in my horses to follow list is Pricewise’s own fancy for the Oaks, Peaceful -again from the Ballydoyle yard.  I heard good things in the spring about this filly and she was a good second on dreadful ground at the back end in a Listed race at Newmarket having previously won a maiden very easily.  At 25-1, she looks a big price.

Delighted to include a link to a podcast of our great friends and owners, Eustace and Carol Theodore.  Eustace was diagnosed with covid-19 after Cheltenham and their story, as you would expect if you have ever met them, is both open and extremely engaging.  You can listen to it HERE.