The tipsters kept the wheels on the bus (just) with Journey (1/1f) and Home of the Brave (9/4f) at Haydock last weekend but they’ll have to do better as we launch into two days of Classic action from Epsom.
It’s a thankless task tipping winners for a living but as every football manager knows knows you’re just one bad result away from the sack or a string of howlers away from getting the Leeds United job.
So we’ve recruited Matt Chapman, Paddy Power, Turftalk Tom and a favourite-tipping trader to get the finger out this weekend as the King and Queen of the middle-distance runners are decided.
As our graph shows, there’s pretty much unanimous agreement that Arod can back up last year’s win in the Diomed Stakes with 75 per cent of the vote, while Dutch Uncle gets 50 per cent of the love in the Investec Mile.
But if the soft ground and the extra four furlongs don’t find out 1,000 Guineas winner Minding in the Oaks, expect the champagne corks to be popping and The Fields of Athenry to be ringing out in the winner’s enclosure come 4.35pm on Friday.