Tullius is interesting in the Diomed Stakes as the favourite looks opposable if the ground is no better than currently stated. It’s a trappy renewal though and no strong opinion.

I like Alcatraz in the Investec Mile who should improve for his reappearance. He seemed to appreciate the step up in trip that day so the drop back here is not absolutely certain to suit but the form is strong. Dutch Uncle was 2nd that day (reopposes here) and has won subsequently and the winner went well in the Nottinghamshire Oaks a few days ago. A tongue tie goes on and juice in the ground will be no bad thing. There’s also not a great deal of pace on and I like he’ll not get too far back from a handy draw.

Epsom 15.45 - Alcatraz 1pt

Alcatraz - 1pt @ 13/2
Ah the Oaks. Love the Oaks. Of this 9, however, a bet is proving very difficult to come by. In truth I think Minding is so far ahead of these that she will only have to stay 10 furlongs to win. There have to be stamina and ground doubts but those doubts are not as great as those about the opposition. Turret Rocks could be the big danger, she has form with the favourite, but her ground doubts are perhaps more prevalent than those of the favourite and it's a sit back and enjoy.

First play comes in the 10 furlong handicap where there will be pace. Now, Dark Red is a solid favourite and not one I’m keen to take on. The Sennockian Star path is one well trodden and he needs to get a tow into the race, ideally sit just off one front runner, and I’m not sure that will happen, nor whether this ground truly suits him. At the prices, course lover Pasaka Boy is of interest. He came back from 19 months off 27 days ago over a trip that stretches him but returns to a track he likes, on ground he likes, and they may just go quick enough for him here. His rider gets on well with him and he looked on the up when winning before an enforced absence. He’s risky but has fewer questions to answer than some at smaller odds.

Epsom 14.35 - Pasaka Boy 1pt

Pasaka Boy - 1pt @ 16/1