Racing UK's Tom Stanley gives his verdict on the Epsom card including The Derby.
Good punting card today and both Cartago and High Grounds look like bets in the opener. Particularly the latter at the prices who was very keen last time at Chester when pulling all chance away. He was well backed though at Sandown in a particularly hot race and, whilst not up to that standard, could be well treated on handicap debut. A drop back in trip should help him settle and he was reshod at Sandown which may not have helped matters. He’s well drawn to get some cover here and can outrun his odds.
I like Mukaynis in the Dash from a decent draw. Caspian Prince looks the best pace angle in the race - there are plenty of others but they’ll do well to go with him - and he comes out of 17 so 18 should be ideal for Mukaynis. He’ll need luck if they congregate on the rail but he’ll like conditions and is better than he was able to show last time at Chester. Whether this really sharp 5 will suit remains to be seen and it’s a shame Red Baron is out as far as another bit of pace goes but he still looks to be improving. I’d have him shorter than Kimberella in the betting.
A couple for the Derby…it’s a big enough field to have a couple of plays after all. First up is Ulysses who has eased to a tempting price in the last day or so. 7’s or thereabouts was well found but 10/1 looks much healthier. He’s long been thought of as a Derby horse and would have gone down the normal trial route but for a setback in January. He was half fit wen running into Imperial Aviator at Leicester (who runs in the French Derby) and bolted up next time. He has a bit to prove still but I fancy we’ve seen nothing like the best of him. Also going up is Red Verdon. Ed Dunlop saddled a 100/1 shot to finish 5th in the race a few years ago, flying at the finish, and Red Verdon is improving at a rate of knots. He ran a near identical time off the same weight as US Army Ranger over 12 and a half furlongs at Chester and I’m not sure he has as much to find as the bare from suggests. Dunlop brought Trip To Paris along handicap route to win the Ascot Gold Cup last year and his runner shouldn’t be sniffed at.
The 12 furlong handicap is always a cracker and I like Stars Over The Sea here for a trainer that won the last yesterday. Fairly treated on his old flat form for the same yard, he didn’t hit the heights for David Pipe over hurdles but will be fine on the ground and I fancy this could be his trip on the level. He has some solid course form and he’s a massive price. A horse I’m keen to get right is Green Light and am hoping today is the day. Things don’t always drop right but a big field and strong pace at this trip should be ideal and he wants a little ease in the ground. He again shaped well on reappearance and today could be the day.