TWAASOL did incredibly well from a wide draw at Windsor to make a winning debut. He wasn’t bought cheap at 120,000 guineas and he could well take the step up in grade in his stride. He was posted deep on the track and really didn’t know a lot about racing until popped the question by his jockey. He stepped up and won pricking his ears, suggesting we were only seeing the surface of his ability.
This looks a really good opportunity for SAFE VOYAGE if this gelding to gain another overdue success. He’s been successful at this level before and also produced some tremendous efforts up at the highest level towards the back end of last season. He put up a super effort when second on his return this term and that form has been franked since.
This looks a little bit of a gimme.
CARADOC has improved with each season and there is no reason that he should slow down in 2020. The majority of his form so far has been recorded under pretty fast conditions but an easy victory at Chester was gained on rain-softened ground, so the weather forecast is not a problem. His record fresh is not too shabby either.
LOVE is an easy pick having proven herself as the best juvenile last season and her return in the 1,000 Guineas gets more impressive with every replay as she strides clear for an easy victory up the Newmarket Rowley Mile hill.
Her run style will give her every opportunity to get the extra half a mile in the Oaks as she is such a thorough professional. Love could be the first leg of another massive Classic double for Aidan O’Brien’s Irish raiders.
Roger Varian’s runner brings in a 100 per cent winning record having won at Newcastle last term and returned this year to carry a penalty to victory on return at Chelmsford.
She simply blew away the competition in emphatic style and has a wonderful pedigree. This looks an ideal opportunity to step another rung up the ladder and although it is a tougher assignment – she looks well equipped to deal with it.
I expect MOGUL to leave his reappearance run at Royal Ascot behind Derby rivals Pyledriver and Mohican Heights well behind him, as he was nowhere near concert pitch on his return. He will undoubtedly strip much fitter for the Derby and could easily improve the 14lb he’ll need to, from his current perch of 110.
The 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko looks a suspect stayer to me as the runner-up that day, Wichita, didn’t seem to get up the hill at Newmarket and that was confirmed by his third at Royal Ascot, when those ahead of him exposed his stamina. Lingfield Trial winner English King will be all the rage with Frankie Dettori aboard, but that looked like the race was set perfectly for him as they went flat out from the start and then most of the field fell away.
This six-year-old has not set foot back at Epsom since his two-year-old days, where he managed to beat the future Group One winner, Defoe. He’s also not shown the same sort of form that saw him rated up in triple digits early in his career.
However, he’s now on a mark, where it is impossible not to be competitive and this is where MEDIEVAL finds himself on a mark of just 74. He is carrying a featherweight and is likely to be overlooked in the market at a decent each way price.
Jason Weaver’s tip for Epsom on Saturday
Essential reading for Epsom on Saturday
- Timeform’s Epsom Oaks Best Bets For Saturday’s Fillies Classic
- Timeform’s Epsom Derby Best Bets For Saturday’s Showpiece
- Horse Racing Tips: Paddy Power’s Best-Backed Runners In Saturday’s Epsom Derby And Oaks