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Freak Out
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This one is a really interesting runner for George Boughey, whose horses have been flying recently. He put in a nice performance at Newmarket coming from the back of the pack to finish second with a strong finish. This step up to 10f should suit and he looks like the one most likely to improve off his current mark here. Cheekpieces are applied for the first time which could help him travel better here.


Statement
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We’re willing to give Statement another chance here, who just didn’t seem to be suited by Newmarket in the Guineas. She’s bred to stay, so this extended mile could be right up her street. If getting back to her run in the Fred Darling, where she missed out on the nod to Alcohol Free who ran a good race in the Guineas, she should be right up there. With her allowances, she comes out best at the weights and is a lovely, straightforward filly who should handle the Epsom cambers.


Century Dream
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We’re backing Century Dream to bounce back from a disappointing return at Newbury as he quite often needs his first run of the season. Winner of this race in 2018 and last year when ran at Newbury, he’s won at a higher level previously and is the best rated horse in this field. This race hasn’t got a good record for 3yos, but Ryan Moore doing 8st8lb is certainly worth noting. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge ran a big race at Chester and back down to the extended mile should suit here.


Yimou
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The World Pool Dash is a race that can be won and lost in an instant and you need to show plenty of early pace to get well positioned here. One who certainly has that is Yimou who comes here after a slightly unlucky run at Newmarket, where he got a bit squeezed for room late on. There was plenty to like about that comeback run and it’s always a good sign when a horse is stepped up in class on their second run of the season despite not winning. He ran a good third in the Portland at Doncaster last year and contests this off 2lb lower. Dean Ivory is an excellent trainer of a sprinter and he can pick up another top prize for the yard.


Third Realm
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That Ballydoyle pin their hopes on just Bolshoi Ballet here is some nod of confidence and the son of Galileo has been seriously impressive in everything he’s done to date. He might well win this, but the Derby has a habit of throwing up big priced winners. One who looks decent value is Third Realm. Anthony Van Dyke won the Lingfield trial in 2019 before capturing the main event and Roger Varian’s charge could emulate him. The time was much quicker than the Oaks trial on the same day and he showed a really smart kick round the turn to put a couple of lengths between him and the rest of them. He should come on for that performance and it would be no surprise to see him run a big race here.


Group One Power
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You’d have to be brave to be getting involved with Lost Eden here after an irregular heartbeat led to a disappointing performance at Ascot. He’s not been done too many favours by the handicapper either and while a nine-length victory at Lingfield clearly demonstrated his ability, he probably didn’t beat too much. Therefore preference is for Group One Power, who probably has a bit more scope off a mark of 88. The Andrew Balding 4yo seems to have improved for a gelding operation and scored over course and distance here on his reappearance. The useful Louganini ran him down on soft ground last time but the field was well strung out and he can get back to winning ways here.


Ejtilaab
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Ian Williams’ 5yo has been running well of late but just hasn’t been seeing out his races over 7f. He tried to do it from the front at Chester, but one just found more in the closing stages. With RPRs of 98, 95 and 97 in his last three races, he still could be well treated off a mark of 92 for this contest and is a well-balanced type, so Epsom should suit. This is his first crack at 6f since winning on debut and Ian Williams won this race in 2018.


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Freak Out
Patient Dream
Leg 2
Statement
Queen Kahlua
Leg 3
Century Dream
Leg 4
Yimou
Lord Riddiford
Ornate
Leg 5
Bolshoi Ballet
Third Realm
Mojo Star
Leg 6
Group One Power
Soto Sizzler

About Epsom Downs Racecourse

Home of the Derby, up to 130,000 people are able to watch racing from Epsom live, with the Downs on the infield open to the public. For over 200 years it’s been the premier race of a horse’s three-year-old season, with many of the greats of flat racing winning the contest. The track is also home to what is reported as the fastest five furlongs around, with the Epsom Dash showcasing a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sprint over the Derby weekend.

A first visit to Epsom can be the acid test for many horses with the tracks well-defined camber and downhill run to the home turn capable of uncovering a vulnerability in a horse.


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