Two races for us today from Epsom, who report Good to Soft.
Epsom 3.10: Arod and Decorated Knight head the market.
Arod won the Diomed last year and followed up at Royal Ascot. Comeback run saw defeat at Ascot, despite being well backed.
Arod’s jockey for those two big victories last summer was Andrea Atzeni, he takes the ride on Decorated Knight today following her move to Roger Charlton.
Decorated Knight has prospects of reversing this year’s Ascot form with Arod when they were separated by just over a length. A hold-up horse, Atzeni will need to get cover from a wide draw.
I go 3/1 Arod and 4/1 Decorated Knight.
Epsom 4.30: If Minding stays, she wins the Oaks. But we are in unknown territory with the distance and more testing ground than usual. The last few years have seen the Oaks winner improve out of all recognition. None more so than the complete outsider of the field getting up in the final strides last year.
Second favourite is Skiffle. She should improve further and conditions are expected to suit.
I have the favourite in at Evens and Skiffle at 11/2. Which is about their general price. You can make a case for plenty of the others in this.
Having put a lot into today’s Epsom card, the layers and I are in general agreement with the main pricing.
Back tomorrow for Derby Day.