Weaver: Saxon Warrior pick of the bunch but 25/1 Kew Gardens can bloom

Jason Weaver casts his astute eye over the Derby day card from Epsom, where Kew Gardens can make a showing in Saxon Warrior's Derby run...


14:00 – Epsom

Book of Dreams started this season in cracking form with wins at Chelmsford and a wide margin success at Musselburgh, he took a fair hike in the handicap for that but after three poor efforts has slipped down to handy rating of 91, The added bonus is that he gets back on ground with a bit of dig in it which will help his chances no end and he is a massive each way player.

14:35 – Epsom

Quite a few of these fillies in the lineup are on a bit of a recovery mission. Stage Name was most impressive when bolting up at Wolverhampton last time. The key for me is that her astute trainer pitches her into group company on only her third start after just a maiden victory. She does need to improve but has a big ticket to do so and, at around 9/1, is another each way player.

DONCASTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 28: Ryan Moore riding Saxon Warrior (R) win The Racing Post Trophy Stakes from Roaring Lion (L) at Doncaster racecourse on October 28, 2017 in Doncaster, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Moore;Saxon Warrior

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15:10 – Epsom

Gabrial hasn’t had one for ages, however Frankie Dettori has only ridden him on two occasions, finishing second to Sovereign Debt on both occasions. His last effort, behind Forest Ranger at Chester, should not be underestimated. He also will have no problems whatsoever with the ground conditions, and that does not apply to the front few in the market

15:45 – Epsom

Slowly coming back to form that he had shown previously when trained in Ireland, Blue De Vega is sitting on a very attractive mark of 96 and in his pomp was rated 110. He’s definitely getting quicker now, adjusting to the sprint trips for this trainer. He’s drawn well too in stall number 14, as there will be a mad clammer for the stand side rail. Yes, he needs luck, but he has the draw and his yard are hot right now.

16:30 – Epsom

I’ve long been a fan of Kew Gardens and I’m not going to get a desert him now, though I’d look at him as an each way selection here. The possibility of very testing conditions will bring his unlimited stamina into play in this race. I’m always fascinated with the Ballydoyle jockey selection for their runners and was more than happy when the trainer’s son Donnacha was picked to ride him. The favourite Saxon Warrior brings in a perfect record but you can never be scared of just one runner.

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