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Long time no see folks, with the ground testing in the last couple of weeks, we all decided we would wait for this weekend & Royal Ascot to put out a blog, so we did some house keeping & updated our Oaks & Derby stats along with various other things behind the scenes….

All 4 of us have picked 1 race from today’s card at Epsom Downs & we all have an Oaks selection, so lets get cracking….

Epsom – Good, good to firm in places

2.00 Rich

Woodcote Stakes(conditions Race) – Class 2 – 2yo Only – 6f 3yds…
Dairerin – Spill the Beans X Sakhya colt.

Debut winner at Ripon on May 7th over 5f in a Class 5 Novice Stakes by a neck, with 3rd & 4th both winning next time out.
Ran again 8 days later (May 15th) when stepping up in trip & class at Newbury, in a 6f Class 2, Conditions Stakes, finishing 2nd by a nose to Dukebox, with 3rd AL Shibli in 3rd a next time out winner…

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2.35 Charlie – Selection – Irish Admiral – Out of French Navy and Magadar. Has raced 4 times winning twice and placing 3rd twice. The wins have came at Dundalk and Wolverhampton and the 3rd places have came at Leopardstown and York. Won on debut at Dundalk on the 15th August 2020 when beating Robin Des Sheik by 2 lengths with I Know I Can a further 2 and 3/4 lengths behind in 3rd. Was then sent to Leopardstown on the 17th October and finished 3rd behind Surrounding and Laughifyouwant over 7f. Was sent to Wolverhampton for next race on the 24th April this year and won beating Big Wing by 2 and 3/4 lengths with Desert Emperor a further 5 lengths adrift in 3rd. More recently was sent to York to race on the 14th May and finished 3rd behind Surrey Pride and Makram. With normal progression can gain another win today with the biggest threat to the selection coming from Storting who has won twice from 12 starts.

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3.10 Jamie

Coral Coronation Cup (G1) – Selection: Al Aasy

A field of 7 go to post for the Coronation Cup, a race first run in 1902. The ultra impressive Al Aasy steps up to the top level and faces stiff opposition from Ballydoyle brothers Japan & Mogul. William Haggas hasn’t hid his admiration for Al Aasy and on the basis of his two Newbury wins so far this campaign, he will take a lot of beating here. Yes, this is a fair step up in class but this doesn’t look the strongest Group 1 and he looks destined for big things at the top table. Al Aasy can lead the Ballydoyle duo home and confirm himself as being one of the best horses in training. Ground and trip are fine, hopefully he handles Epsom well.

3.45 Chris –

Cazoo Handicap, 1m 2f17y

Victory Chime took his record to 2 wins from 2 starts here when holding off all challengers over this trip last month. This progressive son of Campanologist is now on a career-high mark of 102, however there is every reason to believe he isn’t done just yet. The Ralph Beckett yard continue to enjoy a very strong start to the campaign and I’m expecting this one to be bang there at the finish, with conditions to suit.

4.30pm – Oaks (Fillies’ Group 1) – Class 1 – 3yo Only – 1m 4f 6yds….

Charlie – Saffron Beach – Out of New Bay and Falling Petals, has ran 4 times winning twice and placing 2nd twice, all runs have came at Newmarket so far and was a fair 2nd last time out in the 1,000 Guineas when finishing 1 length behind winner Mother Earth with Fev Rover a neck behind in 3rd. Although yet to be tested over further the way she travelled in closing stages of the 1,000 Guineas suggests that this trip is within her capability and a bold display can’t be ruled out, one to watch at a bigger price is Sherbet Lemon who showed a nice attitude when winning her oaks trial at Lingfield and had several of today’s rivals behind her.

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Chris –

A very muddling Oaks this season, and I’m sticking with one that made the most eye-catching effort during all of the Fillies Trials. Zeyaadah was unbeaten as a juvenile and put up a good effort on reappearance a month ago in the cheshire Oaks. This daughter of Tamayuz met trouble on the final bend before rallying to go down by a length, also giving the winner Dubai Fountain 3lbs. She should have no fears about stamina and given she has already won at Newmarket and Beverley, seems more than versatile enough for this test. she makes great appeal as an each-way bet to nothing at the current prices.

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Jamie –

Selection: Saffron Beach

This is an open an Epsom Oaks that I can remember for a number of years. So, I am going to plump for Saffron Beach, who represents great each way value if she stays the 1m 4f trip. It was a cracking performance last time when she was finished runner up in the 1000 Guineas, a race which certainly confirmed her class for this kind of race. The obvious question mark is whether she will stay the trip. Saffron Beach’s pedigree wouldn’t scream a 1m 4f stayer but her sire New Bay did win a Prix Niel over the trip. If she does stay I can see her getting involved as I think she is a cracking Filly. Of the others, I can’t have the favourite Santa Barbara who is too inexperienced for my liking, whilst Teona looks a big threat in my eyes.

Each way advised.

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Rich –

Technique – Mastercraftsman X Lifting me Higher 3yo filly.
Has only had 3 career runs prior to todays race. The filly won on debut on the All Weather at Wolverhampton over 1m 1f 103yds in a Class 5 Novice Stakes from New Exceed by 1/2 a length on January 26th.
Had a break of 84 days before returning at this course on April 20th, stepping up in class when running in the Class 1 Listed, 1m 2f 17yds Blue Riband Trial, finishing a head 2nd to Wirko on good ground.
She ran in the Oaks trial ( 1m 3f 133yds) at Lingfield last time out(May 8th), on soft ground, finishing an 8 & 1/2 length 7th of 12.
Her sire is Mastercraftsman, who was a 4 time Group 1 winner over 6f, 7f & 1m, along with a Group 3 winner over 1m 2f. His wins included a St James’ Palace Stakes. He was also runner up to Sea the Stars twice, back in 2009. This ties in nicely with her Dam, Lifting me Higher, who only won once, on the All Weather at Southwell in 2016, over 1m 4f & the Dam Sire is Sea the Stars….

That is everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by & for your support, we really appreciate it….
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