Epsom Derby Tips | 2nd June 2018
All eyes are on Epsom this week and racing tipster Graeme Johnston offers his thoughts on every runner in Saturday’s Epsom Derby and picks his 1-2-3-4.
The race revolves around Saxon Warrior. The best horse in the race and a potential superstar, he’s unbeaten in 4 starts and a dual group one winner. He should stay, however soft ground will expose any stamina deficiencies so he’s not as solid an option as he was a week ago.
A horse I really like. He’s been taken along slowly and last time won the Chester Vase despite meeting trouble in running on more than one occasion. He has stamina assured, will handle the surface and he’s a rock solid each way prospect.
Winner of the Derrinstown stud derby trial, Ireland’s main trial, he comes here with a huge chance. He travelled well that day, should be okay with the ground and with Frankie on board he will be popular.
A high class juvenile, he was disappointing on his first two starts this year before destroying his rivals in the Dante. He should probably stay, but given his American pedigree and the rain arriving his chances may have disappear.
Since winning on his debut he’s ran in 4 group races and placed on each occasion. He shapes like he will improve further for the extra distance and with proven form on soft he has place prospects.
Dee Ex Bee
Not the classiest runner in the field, but he has course form, has won on heavy and will stay all day. I don’t see him as a likely winner but he could stay late on in to a place.
Knight to Behold
An impressive winner of the Lingfield Derby trial, it was a muddling race and the form isn’t the strongest of the trials. The stable is also a little cold and he’s not for me.
A classy horse, his third in the Guineas is top form. However he doesn’t shape as a derby horse and on soft ground his stamina is likely to be stretched to its limits.
Shot to prominence when a 14 length winner of a Windsor maiden and has since won a Derby trial to cement his place here. He’ll handle the ground and stay, but I think others a lot classier.
A classy juvenile, he’s yet to hit the heights expected of him this season. He remains of interest to me but the ground has gone against him.
Beaten by wide margin winners in his two starts this season, he looks a possible pace maker here and would be a surprise winner.
Only a maiden win to his name, he looks well down the Ballydoyle pecking order here. His third place in the Dante isn’t bad form, but he doesn’t scream derby winner to me.
In what looks a typically strong renewal the ground is going to have a huge bearing on the result. I’ve taken taken on the Ballydoyle hot pot with the improving Young Rascal. I expect Saxon Warrior to put up a huge effort and Delano Roosevelt to fill the places.
1 Young Rascal
2 Saxon Warrior
3 Delano Roosevelt