DO a deal with THE TRADER in the Investec Private Banking Handicap. He won twice last summer – both times on turning tracks – and he’s returned this season in decent form.
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His Chelmsford second behind Fox Premier was a solid comeback and he ran a race full of promise when fifth in Newbury’s London Gold Cup two weeks ago. That contest always throws up a stack of winners and usually is filled with future Group horses.
The way The Trader came through from the rear was most pleasing and Mark Johnston’s hope looks up to this task.
His stablemate Nayef Road predictably came up well short behind Derby fancy Telecaster. This is more his level but giving weight away all round will not be easy.
Victory Command – another Johnston runner – bounced back to form when third in the Silver Bowl at Haydock last week but he’s not bred to appreciate the step up in trip.
Le Don De Vie is more of a threat. He showed he handles this track when making all the running to strike over an extended mile in April. The extra distance shouldn’t be a problem but he’s unlikely to get his own way out in front again.
Consistent Alkaamel could squeeze out a little improvement upped in distance and it’s too soon to be giving up on Cheshire Oaks also-ran Red Hot.
I’VE got high hopes for NYALETI in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes. After winning the German 1000 Guineas last season she spent the rest of the year running better races than this.
Although she didn’t manage to add to her tally she ran some solid in good company.
Her comeback second behind Worth Waiting in the Dahlia Stakes ta Newmarket’s Guineas Meeting was another fine effort and I’m not worried about her below-par show behind top prospect Lah Ti Dar as that might have come a bit soon for her second start of the season.
A wide draw might not be ideal but I expect her to follow likely pacesetter Akvavera over in the early stages to get a prominent position.
Veracious was disappointing when only fourth in the Dahlia Stakes having gone off hot favourite for her return to action. It’s too early to be writing her off but she clearly has questions to answer.
Sir Michael Stoute’s filly beat Awesometank at Sandown on her last run in this Group 3 grade but it’s hard to be confident she’s in that same form.
Awesometank has cheekpieces on for the first time having made a winning return at Goodwood. She looked like she would win beat Anna Nerium easier than the head winning distance and she still has plenty of potential.
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SAY hello to BYE BYE HONG KONG in the Investec Diomed Stakes. He was getting lumps of weight when he held off Oh This Is Us after making the running in a four-runner race at Windsor last month.
It’s not hard to work out he had plenty in his favour with the age allowance that day but it’s the same story today.
Andrew Balding’s ace looks sure to get his own way out in front again and there’s no one I want in the saddle more in that situation than Silvestre de Sousa.
Zaaki is sure to be popular having beaten top-class Barney Roy on his first run since being gelded over the winter. That’s clearly smart form but the 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes hero was returning from more than 18 months off the track and he was clearly a bit rusty.
I’m also worried that Zaaki’s habit of fluffing the start will count against him as this could turn out to be a tactical contest.
Mordin interests me more. He ended last season by chasing home subsequent Group 3 winner Wissahickon in the Cambridgeshire and kicked off this term with a good Nottingham victory. That was on soft ground but he’s got no problem with today’s quicker conditions.
Templegate’s TV tips2.00 Epsom – The Trader: ‘Big run in the London Gold Cup and looks up to this level’ (Latest odds)
2.35 Epsom – Nyaleti: ‘Has run in far stronger races than this before’ (Latest odds)
3.10 Epsom – Bye Bye Hong Kong: ‘Will be hard to catch out in front under top jock SDS’ (Latest odds)
3.45 Epsom – Daschas: ‘Strong pace will help and he has a good draw’ (Latest odds)
4.30 Epsom – Broome: ‘I’m confident he will relish today’s extra two furlongs’ (Latest odds)
HAVE a dabble on DASCHAS in the Investec Dash. He hasn’t had too many chances over 5f and he looked good when scoring over the minimum trip at Newmarket last weekend.
The furious pace they’re sure to go in this race will help him and he’s got a nice draw on the stands’ side.
This is always a proper burn up down one of the fastest sprint tracks in the country. Caspian Prince is one of those sure to be blazing the trail as he goes for an incredible fourth win in the race.
Astonishingly, were he to win, it would be for four different trainers. Mick Appleby is the man in charge of the veteran speedster these days and last summer’s Musselburgh success shows there’s plenty of life left in this old boy.
Duke Of Firenze is another with a liking for this track. He won this race six years ago and has been placed in it a couple of times since. Wins at Thirsk and York this season show this old timer is in great form and the hat-trick cannot be ruled out from a helpful stall.
Copper Knight likes to go from the front. He scooted home at York’s Dante Meeting before returning to that track last weekend to finish a good third behind Duke Of Firenze. This sharp course should be in his favour.
Eeh Bah Gum didn’t get any luck in last Saturday’s contest. He will win a decent pot this season but it might well be back at York.
3 Broome can sweep past his rivals in the DerbyCredit: PA:Press Association
BROOME should help Aidan O’Brien clean up in the Investec Derby again.
The champion trainer is going for a record-equalling seventh win in the great Epsom Classic.
His magnificent seven runners in this year’s race threaten a total domination. I reckon Broome and O’Brien’s jockey son Donnacha are the pair to plump for.
My fancy won the Ballysax and Derrinstown – Ireland’s top Derby trials – and I’m confident today’s extra two furlongs is just what he wants.
Stablemates Sir Dragonet and Circus Maximus – both trial winners at Chester – could easily fill the places, while Hughie Morrison’s Dante hero Telecaster is best of the British contenders.
Check out Templegate’s pinstickers guide to the Derby right here
2.00 The Trader
3.10 Bye Bye Hong Kong (nb)
4.30 Broome (nap)
5.15 Soto Sizzler (treble)
5.50 Mountain Peak
1.55 Full Verse
2.30 Lady Of Shalott
3.05 Summer Moon
3.40 Delph Crescent
4.15 Moss Gill
4.50 Artistic Rifles
1.30 Magen’s Moon
2.05 No Hassle Hoff
2.40 Green Etoile
3.15 Solid Strike
3.50 Dollys Destination
4.45 Havana Jack
5.20 Donnas Dream
5.45 Act Of Magic
6.15 Winged Spur
7.45 Liam’s Lass
1.40 She Looks Like Fun
2.15 Swift Emperor
2.50 Brian Epstein
3.25 L’Un Deau Trois
4.00 Ice Gala
5.30 Royal Cosmic
6.00 Ruthless Article
7.30 Double W’s
8.00 Blue N Yellow
9.00 Vinnie’s Getaway
1.45 Shoal Bay
3.30 Steal A March
5.00 Our Rockstar
5.35 I’m Wiser Now
Jockey Oisin Murphy looking forward to getting the leg up on Telecaster in the Derby