Holly Doyle delivers her verdict on Friday’s Oaks and Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, as well as running down the rules on her five rides at the Surrey track.
Frankie gets voted into the Oaks
I’m expecting Frankie Dettori to light up the classic stage at Epsom on Friday with a show-stopping performance soul sister In Betfred Oakes (4.30),
I was seriously impressed by John and Thaddie Gosden’s filly in the Musidora Stakes at York last month, where he missed every yard of the extended mile and a quarter. The way she finished her race at The Nevesmere suggests she will be even better for this longer trip and the sound surface on the Downs will also be in her favour.
It doesn’t appear to be the strongest renewal of the Phillies’ classic, but this striking daughter of Frankel ticks all the boxes and to me is a more attractive proposition than Aidan O’Brien’s potentially underpriced favorite Savethelastdance, which won both. done in the test field.
Hornby the man for Westover
i would love to see rob hornby win compelling Group 1 Dahalbury Coronation Cup (3.10) But westoverWho proved his choice for Epsom by finishing third in last year’s Derby.
I was disappointed for Rob when he lost the ride on Ralph Beckett’s Star in the Irish Derby a few weeks later, a race he duly went on to win.
A Group 1-winning jockey in his own right, he deserves another chance on Frankel’s son, who showed us what an exciting season he is having with a solid second in the Dubai Sheema Classic at the end of March.
the monster deserves a crack at the level listed
I’m out to follow my 2021 win Listed November Surrey Stakes (5.10) On reforming the jailing of Archie Watson he is a monster,
He has gelled since securing back-to-back wins on the all-weather at Wolverhampton and Kempton in the spring and looks ready for a step up in class.
However, this looks to be a hotter renewal than the one I won over Archie’s Memento, and this formidable son of Nobody will now have to prove himself on turf. He’s got the job to do to meet his revised rating of 91, but he deserves to take his chances in a race like this.
Murphy can build on colt debut
British EBF 40th Anniversary Woodcote Stakes (2.00) usually produces a good two-year-old and I hope Amy Murphy’s Kodiak colt is fifty grand slater Can prepare themselves for Royal Ascot with a big performance.
Nick Bradley Racing must have been delighted to finish second to George Baughey’s thrilling Asdana at Ripon, who has since emerged as a leading contender for the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at the Royal Meeting.
The way my lad handled the ups and downs at Ripon that day, he stands in good stead for the special nature of Epsom, but we have a tricky draw in stall 10 to overcome.
repertoire in top form
david simcock repertoire He could not have come into better form at Epsom after his win at Newmarket two weeks ago and could be found at double-figure odds. Racehorse Lotto Handicap (2.35),
A hold-up performer, he came through with a strong race to win a nice handicap for Jamie Spencer, who is rated 4lb lower on ground than I was hoping for on Friday.
toshizo Joseph O’Brien had some good form in Ireland and did better than the placing suggested following a poor draw in a hot handicap at York last time.
He has been given a chance from a low score, so hope he does well Betfred Handicap (3.45),
Later, I ride former French champ Darkness in for david o’meara Winner Wears Cavani Handicap (5.45), Switching from a visor to blinkers could help him recapture the promise he showed at Redcar in April, although his victories have come on easier ground.
rusty nashwa should benefit
It was disappointing not to come home with a win from France last weekend, but Nashwa Will come on a bundle for his fourth in the Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud. She was very tired in the closing stages of that Group 2 but traveled well up to a point, and she deserves to be quite quick for her first outing since autumn.
There are no definite plans for her next run but she holds a string of top-level entries including the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot next month and Pretty Polly in Ireland.
Plans could also be fluid with Archie Watson’s Commonwealth Cup potential Bradsell, who produced plenty of fire in last weekend’s Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park before tiring in the final strides.
He won last season’s Coventry over 6f but a return to 5f could now be on the cards for him. The King’s Stand Stakes later this month comes to mind, but he will have to supplement that.