I really like Russian Emperor here to give Seamie Heffernan yet another Derby win. He won the Hampton Court impressively last time, in a time that compared well to the Prince Of Wales Stakes on the same card, and he could improve again for this step up to 12f. He has a decent draw in 6, so should get a decent position, while he’s also a well-balanced type who should take well to the track. I find it hard to see him out of the places at the very least, so he represents a good ew bet at the price.
He runs back in a bumper having made his debut for Gordon in a maiden hurdle at Navan in March. He travelled extremely well into that race and, having looked like he was going to fall back through the field after the second last, stayed on really well into fourth. This race shouldn’t take much winning and he should be too good.
Her latest victory at Chelmsford was exceptional and it would be disappointing if she can’t maintain her unbeaten record here before she is aimed at Group 1 events.
Stable conditional Conor McNamara takes the ride on Miraculum, who is having only his third start for trainer Gavin Cromwell. He was well beaten on his stable debut but showed a much improved performance when finishing third to Walking On Glass last time out. He reverts back to hurdles now off what looks a winnable mark so he should go close.
Last year’s runner up looks set up nicely to go one better this year off an almost identical preparation. With a bundle of early pace and being reunited with the excellent Patrick Husbands setting the fractions, I can see him getting a nice soft lead to set up for a wire to wire effort and should outclass these with minimal exertion.
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Won on his first three starts including a grade 1 before getting no run in the Shadwell Turf Mile in October. Being so lightly raced it’s highly likely Chad will find more improvement with this one in his 4-year-old career and his workout tab suggests he’ll be ready to rock here. The form horse of the race is Breeders Cup Mile runner-up Got Stormy but she has not looked herself in three defeats this year.
Traders’ Saturday Naps:
- Niall O’ Reilly – 16:55 Epsom – Russian Emperor
- Allan Byrne – 18.05 Bellewstown – Tullybeg
- Adam Killeen – 16:15 Epsom – Fooraat
- Ryan McCue – 15.20 Bellewstown – Miraculum
- Lorcan O’ Rourke – 21:46 – Woodbine – Mr Ritz
- Sean O’ Sullivan – 22:13 Belmont – Valid Point
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