188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Epsom Oaks Thoughts | 2nd June 2017
188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 2nd June 2017
After a busy weekend flying around the world, things are now back to normal and I haven’t had much time for any jet lag to set in!
There is no time to sit about in our sport and attentions now turn to Epsom for the Investec Oaks. I’ve no ride in either the Coronation Cup or the Oaks, but here are my thoughts on those two races and on my rides in the other five races on the card…
Cardsharp – Epsom 14:00
This is a real test for speedy two-year-olds over six furlongs and I have picked up a really nice ride for Mark Johnston here who loves to have winners on the big days.
Cardsharp won really nicely at Brighton on his debut and his ability to handle that course will stand him in good stead here.
The drop back to five furlongs may have been against him at Ascot last time but he wasn’t beaten far in fourth and can go well back up to six furlongs.
As for others in the race, I rode Richard Hannon’s De Bruyne Horse when he bolted up at Ripon last time and he may be hard to catch.
Mythical Madness – Epsom 14:35
Mythical Madness was in great form on the all-weather over the winter but hasn’t looked as effective in two starts back on turf at Haydock and York.
The handicapper has given him a slight helping hand by dropping him a few pounds, but he has a tricky draw to overcome (11 of 12). This looks a pretty hot race too with the likes of G K Chesterton in the field and he looks up against it.
Investec Coronation Cup – Epsom 15:10
As mentioned above, I have no ride in the race but on all known form, Highland Reel should be very hard to beat. Aidan O’Brien has his team in unbelievable form and I can forgive this one his below par run in Dubai.
Don’t forget he won the King George and the Breeders’ Cup Turf last season. If he returns to anything like that form, he will bounce back to winning ways here.
O’Brien also saddles Idaho and US Army Ranger who were both placed in last year’s Derby. They will run well again but look up against it.
Hawkbill would be interesting if more rain came but that doesn’t look likely. As for Journey, she looks to be improving and could well make her presence felt.
Abareeq – Epsom 15:45
Another one for Mark Johnstone who can go well despite being drawn 14 of 14 as his team are in such good form.
He had no luck in-running here behind Brorocco in April and again ran better than his finishing position suggests at Newmarket on his penultimate start. He can go well again from the same handicap mark.
Investec Oaks – Epsom 16:30
Again, no ride here, but if I could choose one it would unquestionably be Rhododendron. She looked a bit unlucky at Newmarket in the 1000 Guineas and that form was franked again on Sunday.
The trip looks what she has been crying out for and she will surely be very hard to beat. It’s great to have a runner from the USA in Daddys Lil Darling, but it would surprise me a lot if she was good enough.
Solomon’s Bay – Epsom 17:15
Only a small field for the Surrey Stakes where I ride Solomon’s Bay for Roger Varian. He wasn’t beaten far behind Taamol at Newmarket last time and he can go well if he handles the track.
That’s the big ‘if’ though as he has never run at Epsom before and you never know until they try. Sutter County won well at Haydock at the weekend and may take some catching again if in the same mood.
Juanito Chico – Epsom 17:50
My best chance of a winner may well be Juanito Chico for William Jarvis in the last race. He just got a bit lonely at Ascot last time and was only beaten a neck.
He has gone up another couple of pounds for that effort though, but can go well. He is a strong traveller so the drop back to seven furlongs shouldn’t inconvenience him either.