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The world’s greatest Flat race is almost here, with the best three-year-olds facing off on Saturday, June 5th.
Ahead of the action at Epsom, Ruby Walsh and Frank Hickey looked ahead to the Derby, Oaks and Coronation Cup on the latest edition of Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast.
You can listen to all their tips and previews below.
Mac Swiney is anything but consistent but when he is good, he is very good! He’s now a dual Group 1 winner after his weekend win in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, has a tremendous attitude and he’s really tough.
There is still a question mark over the ground for him. If it is on the soft side on Derby day, it would be a massive positive for him. However, going up in trip to 1m 4f might negate the need for soft ground.
Considering his breeding, he should actually improve for going up in trip so he has a massive chance of winning.
High Definition is a big danger to Mac Swiney. I strongly fancy him to reverse Dante form with Hurricane Lane, considering he had a poor preparation for that race.
He was crying out for the step up to 1m 4f on that Dante run and will be staying on strongly at the finish.
Bolshoi Ballet was extremely impressive in winning the Ballysax Stakes and Derrinstown Stud Stakes at Leopardstown. His performance was pretty much faultless, it was good on the clock too.
The placed horses behind him in the Ballysax Stakes were well beaten in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh last weekend. Mac Swiney was clearly sick in the Derrinstown Stud Trial too and again, Taipan, who was fifth and was well beaten in the Gallinule Stakes that Earlswood won.
The burst of speed Bolshoi Ballet showed just over two furlongs out at Leopardstown when he put the race to bed was impressive. He is bred to improve for stepping up in trip also.
The slight niggle I have about him and he is three wins form three starts at Leopardstown, but and 0-2 away from there.
Hurricane Lane is now three wins from three after winning the Dante at York and is versatile with regards to the ground. However, it’s likely that High Definition will reverse the Dante form with him, as Hurricane Lane had a run prior to York.
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I really like John Leeper, he has loads of ability. He needs to settle far better than he did in Listed company at Newmarket last time, if he’s to have a chance at Epsom.
It’s a testament to his ability that he won despite being so keen last time, but if he races like that in the Derby, he will have no chance.
There was nothing in the time at Newmarket when winning a Listed race over 10 furlongs and Mohaafeth would be the one at the front of the market that I would be most negative on. His price offers no value at all at the moment.
Sir Lamorak may not run at Epsom but would be one at a big price that could be interesting were he to take his chance. He won a handicap off 85 last time at Leopardstown, but he carried 2lbs more than Bolshoi Ballet and was nearly a second faster.
Frank Hickey’s Derby verdict:
I’m very afraid of High Definition but I have been keen on Mac Swiney for the Derby for quite a while now. His Irish 2,000 Guineas win has not only put him back on track but has reinforced my confidence in him.
I would be very strong on him if the ground comes up soft. Sir Lamorak is also one at a price that can go well if he lines up.
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