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14th June 2021

Epsom Horse Racing Tips & Trends: Sat 5th June 2021

It’s Derby Day at Epsom Racecourse this weekend and like every Saturday we’ve got all the LIVE ITV races covered from a trends and stats angle, plus our free tips on each contest.

Did you know that 17 of the last 19 Epsom Derby winners had finished 1st or 2nd in their last race, while 12 of the last 19 Derby winners came from a single-figure stall?

Supporting the big race, we’ve got four more LIVE races to take in that include the Epsom Dash, which is run over one of the quickest 5f courses in the world – blink and you’ll miss it!

 

EPSOM Horse Racing Trends (ITV/RacingTV)

2.00 – World Pool At The tote Handicap Cl2 1m2f18y ITV

18/18 – Ran within the last 6 weeks
16/18 – Never run at Epsom before
16/18 – Had won over 1m before (6 over 1m2f)
12/18 – Winners from stall 6 or higher
12/18 – Placed last time out
12/18 – Carried 8-10 or more
11/18 – Returned 11/2 or shorter in the betting
9/18 – Favourites that were placed
8/18 – Horses placed from stall 1
6/18 – Won their previous race
3/18 – Winners from stall 1
3/18 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
3/18 – Won by trainer Sir Michael Stoute
3/18 – Won by trainer Sylvester Kirk
2/18 – Trained by Andrew Balding (2 of the last 3)
Stall 2 has just two places (1 win) to its name in the last 18 runnings

TQ VERDICT: With three of the nine runners, the Mark Johnston yard have 33% of the field – King Zain, King Frankel and Chase The Dollar. The three are respected with King Zain stepping up in trip for the first time, while King Frankel hasn’t been out of the first two in his last five starts.  It’s also interesting that jockey Ben Curtis has ridden Chase The Dollar in his last two starts, but prefers to get the leg-up on KING FRANKEL here – we’ll take him to go best of the Johnston runners. Camelot Tales wasn’t disgraced being Derby fancy John Leeper last time out at Newcastle, despite finishing seventh, but that came on the AW and the return to the turf is expected to suit better having won well at Redcar two runs back. Freak Out and Greatgadian can go well too, but the call is to side with proven course winner – PATIENT DREAM. This Ralph Beckett runner won well over 1m 1/2 f here last time out, but was keeping on well to suggest the extra yardage will be within range. Yes, a 7lb rise for that win makes life harder, but should be progressive still with only five career runs and his main asset is we know he handles the track. We also know that eight of the last 18 horses from stall 1 have been placed, so this is a further bonus.

 

2.35 - Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Investec) (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m114y ITV

18/18 – Returned 9/1 or shorter in the betting
18/18 – Had won at Listed or Group 3 class before
15/18 – Drawn in stall 4,5,6, 7 or 8
15/18 – Favourites placed
14/18 – Finished in the top three last time out
14/18 – Aged either 4 or 5 years-old
14/18 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
13/18 – Had won over at least a mile before
13/18 – Had won between 4-6 times before
13/18 – Had raced within the last 4 weeks
11/18 – Winning distance – 1 length or less
10/18 – Aged 4 years-old
9/18 – Winning favourites
9/18 – Had raced at Epsom before
9/18 – Drawn in either stall 5 or 6
8/18 – Won last time out
6/18 – Raced at Goodwood last time out
4/18 – Trained by Saeed Bin Suroor
3/18 – Won by a Cheveley Park-owned horse
2/18 – Trained by Sir Michael Stoute
2/18 – Trained by Mick Channon
2/18 – Trained by Roger Charlton
Jockeys Silvestre de Sousa (2), James Doyle (3) and Frankie Dettori (3) have won 8 of the last 11 runnings
Godolphin have won 4 of the last 11 runnings

TQ VERDICT: Trainer Richard Hannon won this race back in 2019 and tries to add to that success with Thank You Next and Posted. Of that pair, the 108-rated Posted looks their better chance and she should find this a bit easier than the G2 Dahlia Stakes she ran in last time. The 3 year-old, STATEMENT, would have a big chance too as being a 3 year-old she gets a handy 12lbs from the older horses and her 6 length 8th in the 1000 Guineas last time out was a decent effort. Parent’s Prayer and recent Goodwood scorer, Illykato, can be considered too, while Nazuna is another useful 3 year-old that gets the weight allowance. I feel we might see a better run from MAAMORA though, who was beaten into fifth by the already mentioned Illykato last time at Goodwood. That was her first run for 251 days, so can be expected to come on for it, plus off a current mark of 108 is the joint-top rated in the field. William Buick, who won on her last August, is also back in the saddle, while with 9 of the last 18 winners coming from stalls 5 or 6, then the 6 berth for this 5 year-old looks to be a further positive.

 

3.10 – CAZOO Diomed Stakes (Group 3) (CLASS 1) (3yo+) 1m 114y ITV

17/17 – Had won over at least a mile before
15/17 – Had won a Listed or Group race before
15/17 – Had raced within the last 6 weeks
14/17 – Finished in the top 4 last time out
14/17 – Drawn in stall 6 or lower
13/17 – Had raced within the last 5 weeks
13/17 – Had won at least 4 times before
13/17 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
12/17 – Aged 5 or older
11/17 – Had raced at Epsom before
8/17 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
6/17 – Won last time out
5/17 – Winning favourites
3/17 – Trained by Andrew Balding
3/17 – Ridden by William Buick
2/17 – Trained by the Crisford stable
Century Dream won this race in 2020

TQ VERDICT: With 14 of the last 17 winners coming from stalls 6 or lower, then this is good news for OH THIS IS US, MARIE’S DIAMOND, DUKE OF HAZZARD, ESCOBAR, PHOLAS and MAXIMAL. The top-rated in the field is Century Dream, who also won this race 12 months ago. However, he’s not getting any younger at 7 and was well below-par last time out in the G1 Lockinge. Okay, this drop in grade will help and we know the track suits but draw 8 might not be ideal this time. Frankie Dettori gets the ride on DUKE OF HAZZARD (e/w) and will be much better for a recent run at Ascot, which was also his first after a wind operation – he’s worth having on side. Bell Rock is the only last time out winner in the field, but that came in a handicap so would need another step forward here. Prince Eiji is closely matched with Oh This Is Us after running that one to a head last time at Ascot, but the other pick is MAXIMAL. A good draw in 6 and being a 3 year-old this 107-rated Sir Michael Stoute runner gets a handy 12lbs from most of the older horses. Ryan Moore is an obvious plus in the saddle too and with just six career runs might just have a bit more scope than some of the other more exposed runners.



3.45 – World Pool "Dash" (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 5f ITV

Epsom Dash Betting Trends and Stats

17/18 – Didn’t win last time out
16/18 – Raced within the last 6 weeks (12 within the last 4 weeks)
14/18 – Won by horses aged between 5 and 8 years-old (inc)
14/18– Unplaced favourites
13/18 – Carried 9-1 or less in weight
13/18 – Came from stall 8 or higher
12/18 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
11/18 – Had raced at Epsom previously (4 had won)
5/18 – Horses from stall 1 that hit the frame
1/18 – Winning favourites
The average winning SP in the last 17 renewals is 16.5/1
Ornate won this race in 2019
Caspian Prince won this race in 2014, 2016 and 2017
Duke Of Firenze won this race in 2013

TQ VERDICT: Run over one of the fasted 5f tracks on the planet, then blink and you might miss this one! Plenty of speedsters on show that only have one way of runner – blast out and try and hang on. That applies to the 2019 winner of this race – Ornate – who landed this prize when it was last run. He’s rated a pound lower this time too and in a race that is likely to be settled by a split decision or a fine margin, he should at least be out of trouble out in front. He’ll have company for the lead from CASPIAN PRINCE (e/w), who also likes to run from the front. He’s also a three-time winner of this race and despite his advancing years (12), he’s been running well this year without winning and heads here off a dropping mark that could make him dangerous in a race we know he loves. In 2019, we finished 9th, but was only beaten 2 ½ lengths – this time he’s rated a massive 18lbs lower! Recon Mission, Pettochside, Duke Of Firenze, who is yet another previous winner of this race and Mokaatil are other proven course winners here that have to noted. While the likes of Stone Destiny, Copper Knight, Only Spoofing and Sunday Sovereign head here in good order and are sure to be popular in the betting. However, the other call is YIMOU (e/w). This 6 year-old ticks a fair few of the positive trends, including age, weight and draw, while last time out at Newmarket he ran well on his return. That came off a 227-day break and he also didn’t get the best of runs that day – squeezed for room – so could have got even closer.

 

4.30 – Cazoo Derby (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) Cl1 1m4f10y ITV

Epsom Derby Betting Trends and Stats

18/19 – Ran within the last 5 weeks
17/19 – Raced no more than 5 times before
17/19 – Finished 1st or 2nd last time out
16/19 – Had won a Group race before
16/19 – Returned 7/1 or shorter in the betting
13/19 – Won last time out
13/19 – Had run over at least 1m2f before
12/19 – Favourites that were placed
12/19 – Won from a single-figure stall
11/19 – Had raced no more than 3 times before
10/19 – Irish-trained winners
8/19 – Had won a Group One before
7/19 – Trained by Aidan O’Brien (won 8 in all)
6/19 – Won by the favourite
5/19 – Ran in the 2,000 Guineas that season (2 winners)
4/19 – Won the Dante Stakes (York) last time out
3/19 – Trained by Sir Michael Stoute (won 5 in all)
4/19 – Winners from stall 12 or higher
2/19 – Won over 1m4f before
0/19 – Run at the course before
0/19 – Winners from stall 1
The average winning SP in the last 19 runnings is 15/2
10 Dante winners went onto win the Derby (Golden Horn, 2015 being the most-recent)
Only 1 horse that was beaten in the Dante (Workforce) went onto win the Derby

 

Epsom Derby Trainer Stats

Sir Michael Stoute won the race in 2010, 2004, 2003, 1986 & 1981
Aidan O’Brien won the race in 2002, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2020

TQ VERDICT: Onto the ‘big one’ and really here all eyes will be on trainer Aidan O’Brien grabbing his nineth win in the race. He’s normally mob-handed and, don’t forget, 12 months ago he took the prize with his 25/1 shot, Serpentine. But this year he’s only got the one runner – BOLSHOI BALLET – and that might be significant. This well-bred colt has caught the eye in winning his last two at Leopardstown, including the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial by 6 lengths. That race is often a good guide to the Derby, plus now being stepped up to 1m4f for the first time there is every chance there is a lot more in the locker. Yes, the track is an unknown, but that applies to most Derby runners each year. It’s still hard to ignore his chance and he looks the clear one to beat and another potential Ballydoyle superstar in the making. Of the rest, Irish 2000 Guineas winner – Mac Swiney – is interesting too, but I feel the longer trip here is a huge negative. He only just lasted out over 1m last time and was well beaten over 1m2f the time before. Mohaafeth will be trying to give trainer William Haggas his second Epsom Derby win (won it in 1996, Shaamit). Mohaafeth is another lively contender, having won his last three and was very impressive when winning a Listed race last time at HQ.  Another good trial over the years has been the Dante Stakes, so the winner of that race this season – Hurricane Lane – can go well too, having won all three races to date too. The Lingfield Derby Trial was won by Third Realm, but you feel a step up from that would be needed here. SOUTHERN LIGHT (e/w) could be interesting having won well at Leopardstown two runs back and last time had excuses when checked in his race and lost all chance after that. He’s from the shrewd Joseph O’Brien camp, that are still looking for their first Epsom Derby win, but you feel it won’t be long before they are grabbing success here. The other call though is the Ed Dunlop runner – JOHN LEEPER. This well-bred Frankel colt has improved with each race this season, including when landing a Listed race at Newmarket last time out in great fashion. The extra two furlongs should suit too and with just three career runs as long as he can handle the Epsom track, looks a fast-improving horse. Oh, and the icing on the cake is a certain Frankie Dettori, who is looking for his third Derby win, riding!

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