13:25 Curragh

This looks a competitive maiden with well bred newcomers Djockovic and Walshingham coming up against the proven form of Espionage, Shot Of Love and DARK SIDE (best priced at 5/1). Preference goes to the Joseph O’Brien trained colt who made an encouraging debut earlier this month at Cork on heavy ground. The son of Zoffany was slowly away and raced in the rear showing signs of inexperience but he stayed on well in the final furlong to finish 2nd. 

Dark Side is drawn in Stall 13 which is a slight negative over this 7f trip but hopefully he breaks better for Shane Crosse this time and if that is the case then I expect him to be involved in the finish with up to four places available. 

Dark Side - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1

15:05 Curragh

Last year’s winner Art Power is probably a worthy favourite for this race but at a shade of odds against I do feel he is a short price for this contest given his two runs this year. Instead, I am willing to take a chance on the outsider of the field DEXTER BELLE (best priced at 25/1) who despite having nearly 20lbs to find with the favourite on ratings, comes into this race following a recent success over this course and distance. The Eddie Lynam trained four-year-old returned from a 78 day break to outrun odds of 50/1 to win the ‘Bold Lad’ Sprint Handicap over this course and distance last time. 

That was an impressive performance from Dexter Belle as she didn’t get the clearest of runs that day but still managed to win by a neck at the finish in a race that is working out well. The third Mr Wagyu finished a close 5th in the Ayr Gold Cup on his next start and the fifth Gordon Bennett won a valuable 5f handicap yesterday with the fourth Laugh A Minute finishing 3rd in the same race. Her trainer is a genius with sprinters and wouldn’t pitch her into this race if he didn’t think she would be competitive and I expect her to outrun her odds. 

Dexter Belle - 0.5pts e/w @ 25/1

15:25 Epsom Downs

Charlie Hills has had a good couple of days with four winners from his last seven runners and I am hoping that SARATOGA GOLD (best priced at 5/2) can continue that good form. The four-year-old has won both of his starts since the application of blinkers including over this course and distance last time.  

That victory came off a mark of 80 and the handicapper has raised him 5lbs for that 2 ½ length success which is fair. He runs here off top weight and gets the assistance of Owen Lewis claiming 5lbs and I expect him to prove hard to beat. 

Saratoga Gold - 1pt @ 5/2