Ray Flanagan with Saturday selections
thought for the day: My earliest Derby memory was watching in hospital after having my tonsils removed, Dancing Brave’s unlucky flying finish behind Sharastani in the 1986 renewal. I am no longer a spring chicken you could say when I remember that year.
Airgead (12-1) got July off to a good start on Wednesday. Hoping to find a few more winners over the month.
Epsom 3.00- Johnny Drama
Has found life difficult generally in hot UK handicaps since moving across from Ireland around this time twelve months ago. A few good efforts though most notably behind Forest of Eden at York. Seasonal comeback at Ascot was not great but at least has the benefit of that outing in the locker and could go much closer today with conditions ideal and SDS- Sylvestre De Sousa in the saddle.
Epsom- Oaks and Derby Double- Frankly Darling and English King.
It might be worth backing the Lanfranco Dettori double this afternoon. The Italian stallion is without doubt the man for the big occasion and he has two first rate chances in each race. Neither look big enough prices to back individually in such competitive races but it makes sense to do the double.
Epsom 4.55- Vatican City
I will also back Vatican City individually in the big event. At the end of the day Aidan O Brien is the real King when it comes to training Derby winners and it will be no surprise if he again takes home the bacon. Mogul based on the talk is his best chance, however a horse that I have been more taken with is Vatican City who was a supreme eye-catcher on racecourse debut at Newmarket last season and who ran a cracker for one so inexperienced recently in the Irish Guineas. Slight stamina doubts but horse has a touch of brilliance about him and looks the biggest threat to English King in my opinion.
A speculative punt here on Aweedrum who has dropped nicely in the weights since running in the Spring Cup at Haydock in May 2019. Respectable return to action recently and interesting here with usual hood dispensed with over a shorter distance.
1 pt win-Johnny Drama-3.00 Epsom-9-2 General
1 pt win-Vatican City-4.55 Epsom-11-1 General
1 pt double- Frankly Darling and English King- Oaks and Derby- 7/4 and 4-1- just over 12-1 the double
1 pt win- Aweedrum-2.40 Haydock-10-1 General