We’ll be leaving the Derby alone as a betting proposition with Saxon Warrior looking a bit too short but a bit too good to oppose. Instead we look at The Dash…
The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Edward Lewis (1545 Epsom), 3pts win, 11/1 generally available
Many old favourites in opposition in The Dash, a race that favours repeats. Caspian Prince has won it three times in the last 4 years and looks well in again if drawn a bit low. Many will fancy last year’s unlucky runner up Dark Shot after a good York run and a great rail draw, but he will need plenty of luck at a short price up that crowded stand side . Our shortlist for this has long comprised Boom The Groom, Tarboosh and Edward Lewis. Boom is well in at the weights, was unlucky here last time and had a good middle draw and Tarboosh has long looked as if this race will suit. But Edward Lewis has always had a touch of class and ran his best race last year when a fast finishing fifth in this event. A couple of pounds lower here he ran reasonably well in two recent York runs when seeing a bit too much early daylight, and should enjoy the bit of cut. He is drawn a bit low, but the early pace is always Caspian Prince and he is in stall 2, track him and pass him would have won three of these events, and if Danny Tudhope can tuck Edward in early doors his power packed finish makes him a great price for this.
Indomeneo, (1400 Epsom), 7/1: a competitive race in paper but one in which a number of the market leaders may find the groundcs problem. No such worries for the Richard Fahey trained Indomeneo who registered two soft ground wins at the end of last season and who did well to overcome trouble before winning last time at Ripon. Still looks on a fair mark and should go well.
Dash Of Spice, (1715 Epsom), 5/1: sometimes you have to go with the obvious. Whilst both Eddystone Rockband Pacify could run well at long odds, favourite Dash Of Spice has to be the one. Entitled to still improve after just five runs, he has great course form when twice chasing home the well weighted Ajman King, and was very unlucky not to do better at Kempton last time. Gets in near the foot of the weights and has a big chance.
Russian Realm, (1750 Epsom), 18/1: This sprint handicap has seen a few surprises and we’re backing one this year. Russian Realm likes a bit of cut and has slipped back to a winning mark. He is well drawn to sit behind the pace and this peculiar track may be just what he needs these days. It’s s longshot but the odds are too good to resist.
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