The Daily Mail's Sam Turner is on hand with all of Saturday's Epsom Channel 4 tips.
Sir Michael Stoute often runs a class horse in this event - victories for Stravagante, Conduit and Stage Gift in the past decade have stamped this a popular stepping stone for the master handler. With that in mind, POET’S WORD
(Best price 3-1) will be popular with his Nottingham victory advertised by the second, third and fourth all winning since. He was extremely impressive that day and a mark of 87 looks far from excessive for a horse that won with any amount in hand.
Dark Devil looks as though he is crying out for today’s step up in trip after a creditable effort at Chester last time and is shortlisted with his yard enjoying a magnificent day yesterday.
Poet’s Word - 1pt @ 3/1
Dark Devil - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1
Alain De Royer-Dupre will be hopeful Sayana can deliver a change of fortune for him in this event given his two previous runners in the last decade, Alnadana and Reggane, were both narrowly beaten. This year’s representative has won both her starts in France tidily, the last of which from the front, and has upwards of 6lb in hand on official ratings. However, she does tackle rivals with experience of this very individualistic track and is likely to be a short enough price so the likes of OAKLEY GIRL
(Best price 12-1 and EPSOM ICON
(Best price 10-1) could be capable of springing a surprise.
The former ran well at Goodwood on her turf return and will be staying on at the death, while Epsom Icon was 1th in the Guineas before finding 10f stretching her at Newbury last time. A sporting split-stakes approach could be the way to go with the favourite so prohibitively priced.
Oakley Girl - 0.5pt @ 12/1
Epsom Icon - 0.5pt e/w @ 10/1
It is no surprise to see Sheema Classic winner POSTPONED
(Best price Evens) top the market for an excellent renewal with the fillies Found and Simple Verse looking the obvious dangers. Last year’s King George winner ticks most boxes other than track experience but he has won at Hamilton which requires good balance and he looks to have the ideal combination of stamina and speed at today’s trip.
Found looks ready for a step back up to the trip which saw her beat Golden Horn at the Breeder’s Cup. Incredibly, she would be her trainer’s seventh winner in the race in the past decade if successful.
Last year’s Leger heroine Simple Verse was very easy to back on her Newmarket reappearance and is sure to strip a good deal sharper for her reappearance.
Postponed - 2pt @ 1/1
Those fancying MALJAA
(Best price 9-1) for this fiercely competitive handicap will be hoping Sandfrankskipsgo and Monsieur Joe set a good pace on the far side and he should be in the shake up if they do.
A high draw is often a positive in this event although last year’s winner Desert Law (1 of 20) and Stone Of Folca (2 of 20) in 2012 have bucked that trend of late and Roger Varian’s charge is sure to strip fitter for his Chester reappearance where events didn’t pan out how he would have liked.
There does look a lot of early speed drawn along the stands’ rail with Caspian Prince (won two years ago) the main instigator, while Mukaynis and Blithe Spirit are no slouches from the gates. Therefore, recent York scorer Duke Of Firenze should enjoy racing behind the speed from 20 and is likely to make a bold bid to follow up, whie Humidor suffered a nightmare passage in last year’s race and could be capable of springing a big-price surprise for those keen to play at massive odds.
Maljaa - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/1
The Derby is as much a mystery to me as it was three months ago but US ARMY RANGER
(Best price 6-1) looks capable of significantly better than he has shown to date and could be the answer. If anyone knows how to win today’s feature then it must be Ryan Moore as the former champion jockey has undergone detailed reconnaissance on a number of today’s rivals this season. Despite boasting a variety of options, Moore has stayed loyal to the son of Galileo despite an underwhelming Chester Vase victory where his mount looked to be learning on the job.
True, he has yet to live up to the hype, but Moore has chosen not to discard him despite there being recent rumours he was considering a switch to market rivals Deauville or Ulysses, both of whom he rode last time out.
Aidan O’Brien and the Ballydoyle operation have never hidden the regard they have for US Army Ranger who was reported to be working with high quality Group horses prior to his successful Curragh debut and he gets the nod in front of stablemate Port Douglas and Newbury winner Ulysses.
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US Army Ranger - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1