THERE will be an absolute feast of racing this weekend, with the best of the lot at Epsom Downs, where the two mid-season classics, the Derby and the Oaks, will be holding the prime interests of the punting public.
Will there be another scintillating champion coming out of the woodwork?
All the form suggests the current crop of three-year-olds has not given us any clue to this, unless there could be one still hiding in the woodwork somewhere.
Well, this is always possible, but, whatever happens, you can be sure that Aidan O’Brien will make a very bold bid to record another classic double, having already farmed both Guineas races at Newmarket.
Although he has the favourite in both of the classics at Epsom, Camelot and Maybe, he looks sure to come up against very stout opposition in both races, with many of the home runners in the melting pot, if one is to go by some recent form in the trial races. In the Derby, I honestly think that Astrology, who is extremely well bred, could work out to be the best from the Ballydoyle team, for his win at the recent Chester meeting was arguably one of the best of all the trial races, for he won tight on the bridle, even though looking to be in need of the race.
Another good trial was done by John Gosden’s Thought Worthy, for, in a truly run race at Newmarket, he really out battled some decent horses, and can surely only get much better for the run.
He must be taken a bit on trust, for his immense size could be a little against him, especially around Tattenham Corner, but, if he can cope with this, he will be right there in the long straight.
Camelot, the Guineas winner, has done all required of him, but I still think that Astrology can beat him and Thought Worthy, although it will be a close run race.
In the Oaks on Friday, cases can be made for many of the fillies, making it a tough race to work out.
The favourite, Maybe, has some good form to her credit, and could make it tell here, but, the one I like is The Fugue, for her in-form stable thinks she has come on a ton since the Guineas, and, believe it, that is plenty good enough for me.
Another who catches the eye on the Friday is Side Glance in the Diomed Stakes.
On Saturday you also have the Coronation Cup, which could go to the recent York winner, Red Cadeaux, who is now in good form, and will surely put it up to the rest in the straight.
Enjoy your weekend, with maybe a few winners coming to cheer us all up!
The Fab Four:
Epsom: 1:35 Producer, 2:05 Annunciation, 2:40 Red Cadeaux, 4:00 Astrology.