One of seven meetings on Thursday 20 July is a Betfred-supported evening at Epsom, which kicks off at 5.55 and runs until 8.40.
I’ve got a couple of tips for the occasion – including a typical improver for Sir Mark Prescott – that you can read all about below.
6.30 – Inner City @ 10/11
Given he cost Godolphin a cool 1,100,000gns, it’s hard to argue that Inner City has been anything but a disappointment so far.
The two-year-old son of Dubawi was sent off favourite for his debut at Yarmouth in early June but could only manage to finish fourth, albeit less than a length off the winner, before once again failing to live up to market expectation when beaten over 5L at Sandown a couple of weeks later.
That was a significantly stronger race, though, and he certainly sets the standard in what looks a weak contest.
As well as finding what I think represents a fantastic opportunity to get off the mark, Charlie Appleby has given the juvenile a month off which can only be viewed as a positive.
Mission To Moon probably rates the biggest threat from his seven rivals, but frankly I expect William Buick’s mount to have few problems here.
8.40 – Spritzin’ @ 9/4
Just over two hours later is the card’s finale – a 0-70 handicap over 1m4f.
Nine go to post for this competitive heat – and it’s current favourite Spritzin’ that interests me most.
If you’re aware of Sir Mark Prescott, you’ve seen this story many times: a few runs over inadequate trips to get a lowly mark before going handicapping over significantly longer trips.
That’s the case for this three-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars, who earned an opening mark of 68 and went extremely close at the first attempt in this company at Pontefract just nine days ago. Surprisingly, her mark remains unchanged as a result.
I’m confident that with that run under her belt and the brilliant Luke Morris booked, Spritzin’ can break his duck.